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Anyway back to Mars Volta. There are 3 songs weighing in at just under 20min. As the editorial says the songs are slightly psyhcodelic and are experimental but not enough to detract from their emo punk roots (which is good for fans still wanting a fix of ATD-I). The songs aren't as highly charged and intense as Relationship of Command and i feel it sounds more like In/Casino/Out in intensity. Unfortuantely Cedric doesn't shout or scream or even hold his voice for that long which is a little frustrating. Although all the 3 trks excel, the epic 8min trk 3 holds the title for best trk.
Maybe this doesn't seem that experimental and different due to the fact that i'm into most genres but if your'e wondering what ATD-I would have sounded like if they had made a 'KID A' album, this is worth getting. I recommend at least listening to Sparta but there polished up alternative mainstream lp 'Wiretrap Scars' is quite a departure from ATD-I.
Also check out Refused 'Shape of Punk to come' and the excellent emo-hardcore-digital 'The Rise' with their excellent 'Signal to Noise'.
With Tremulant, Mars Volta took the progression of the tech fusion of AtDi and added even better arrangements and better vocals, and even better lyrics to make Tremulant one of the best releases this year. I like Mars Volta a whole lot better than Sparta, mostly because of how experimental MV is. Cedric has the most amazing voice, and can shift pitches so seemlessly without going out of tune and Omar writes the strangest arrangements for guitar that you could just listen to him throught the song. "Eunuch Provocateur" is my favorite song and clocks in at nearly nine minutes. That in and of itself of itself is an accomplishment for a song that is actually fast paced. Their sound is so furious and odd and yet they never overdue it. Some of my 'punk' friends didn't like this because of how strange it was, and they were expecting something like Sparta's cd, but if you like early Pink Floyd or just experimental music in general, give this a chance.
The EP features a mere three songs. "Cut That City" has a steady buildup before exploding to life. "Concertina" is a more conventional rock song, but it's always ready to twist when it seems to become ordinary. Closing track "Eunuch Provocateur" is a mind-blowing example of what Mars Volta does best: rapid-fire, loud and strange, with plenty of dizzying instrumental stretches.
The Mars Volta is not what most people think of as a rock band. They rock, sure. But they cram in about every musical style that shouldn't fit together: punk, funk, psychedelica Latin, a touch of jazz. And at the heart of it is art-rock. Rather than defying the standards of rock music, the Mars Volta grabs those standards and twists them into a Dali-esque sculpture.
It has the weird, science-fictiony lyrics that Mars Volta does so well, but it's hard to hear them. Cedric Bixler's high, thin voice bobs in and out of the explosive music, and at times you can catch little hints of things that don't seem to make sense. No matter. His voice sounds almost like another instrument being played, whether he's wailing or murmuring.
"Tremulant" is a good intro to Mars Volta's full-length debut, the magnificent sonic avalanche "De-Loused in the Comatorium." The only problem is the hunger for more it leaves in its wake.
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Don't let the three song track list persuade you otherwise, this is worth the money. Well..when I think about it, they should of changed more. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by SKOLVK
Did you ever have that brother or sister in your family, that eclipsed you, no matter how great the things you did were and how truly magnificent you are? Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Ryan Scott
The Mars Volta never ceases to amaze me. Their fusion of sounds varying from Led Zeppelin to Rush to Santana and more is simply brilliant. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Dan
Tremulant, the first taste of The Mars Volta, has proved to live up to the hype. While listening to the first track, Cut That City, one must be curious about TMV. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Colin
This 3 songs cd cost me more than De-loused in comatorium which has 10 songs? They were not known when I have bought it and De-Loused was not out yet. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
It is clear to see the metamorphosis from Tremulant to the amazing De-Loused in the Comatorium. Tremulant is an amazing experiment in music.Published on Dec 29 2003 by Elliott Goodman
I had recently bought Deloused... and I was impressed. Then I got a copy of this EP and I like it EVEN MORE than Deloused...! THIS BAND IS RIPE AND HOT!!!! Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Carl Johnson
Hello, I'm going to tell for you my review of the "The Mars Volta" album called "Tremulant". This is the first album that "The Mars Volta" made. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Grumpy
I don't think you should buy this, simply because it's overpriced compared to the LP. It's good, but I'd rather just listen to De-Loused. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Example: Mark Twain