THE MARS VOLTA – Their First Album In 10 Years Is A Welcome Back Triumph

Standout longplayers

16 September 2022

Band: THE MARS VOLTA
Who: Former At The Drive-In members
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Active: 2001 present / 6 LPs so far


Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López (Fat Bob shot with Leica M10)

New album: THE MARS VOLTA
Released : 16 September – order info here

NME says: “The Mars Volta’ is a record that seizes the attention instantly, peppered as it is with arresting top-lines. But it also demands – and handsomely rewards – repeated listens, by virtue of its meticulously assembled arrangements (just bathe your ears in shining third single ‘Vigil”s luxuriant mix). This isn’t just a striking return for one of the most individual bands of the last 20 years; it is, musically, an astounding masterpiece. Their finest hour? Quite possibly.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up the Volume: Their prog-rock approach is still present here and there, but with fewer layers of wayward structures. I hear more echoes from their ardently beating hearts and Hispanic souls than before, also more direct, and earthy, even stripped to the bone at times. It makes this new one in 10 tears one of their most accessible.

A welcome back triumph.

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Singles/clips: Graveyard Love / Blacklight Shine / Vigil

– GRAVEYARD LOVE –

– VIGIL –

– BLACKLIGHT SHINE –

Stream the full album on Spotify.

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THE MARS VOLTA Dropped Another New Cut – Hear ‘GRAVEYARD LOVE’ Here

New striking strokes

 

Band: THE MARS VOLTA
Who: Former At The Drive In members
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Active: 2001 present / 6 LPs so far

New single: GRAVEYARD LOVE

Three weeks ago TMV revealed their first piece of new music
in 10 years. A Latin vibe inspired song named Blacklight Shine,
sung in Spanish by Bixler-Zavala.

And here’s, already, another cut.
A layered, electro groove-driven wave.

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For Your Eyes – Join The Latin Music Party Of THE MARS VOLTA With Their New Track/Clip ‘BLACKLIGHT SHINE’

Clips to impress your eyes

22 June 2022


(press photo FB – The Mars Volta)

Band: THE MARS VOLTA
Who: Former At The Drive In members
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
Active: 2001 present / 6 LPs so far

New single: BLACKLIGHT SHINE

The new piece – their first in 10 years – is fully influenced by Latin music,
with Bixler-Zavala singing in Spanish over a percussion jam that conjures up
the spirit of Santana’s early work. Fascinating stuff again by the these two
experimental prog-rock musicians.

Join the party here in the ravishing 11-minute black and white clip…

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THE MARS VOLTA – ‘LANDSCAPE TANTRUMS’ (Unfinished Recordings From Their 2003 Debut Album)

26 April 2021

Band: THE MARS VOLTA (El Paso, Texas)
Who: The founders – Cedric Bixler Zavala and
Omar Rodriguez Lopez – of post-hardcore rockers
At The Drive-In, plus two friends
Active: 2001-2013 / 6 albums

Album: LANDSCAPE TANTRUMS . A special issue of
unfinished original recordings of the duo’s 2003 debut
De-Loused in the Comatorium.

The vinyl version was part of their career-spanning 18-LP vinyl
box set La Realidad De Los Sueños (‘The Reality of Dreams’) released
last week. The box sold out the moment it was announced (only 500
copies were available)

To make it up to their loyal fans who didn’t get a chance to buy the
Box Set The Mars Volta decided to make Landscape Tantrums
streamable on Spotify. It reminds you of why the press loved these
manic prog-rockers’ debut LP.

Here we go…

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Artwork original 2003 LP De-Loused in the Comatorium

Stream here…

Career-Spanning THE MARS VOLTA Vinyl Box Set – Sold Out Before Release!

6 March 2021

Band: THE MARS VOLTA (El Paso, Texas)
Who: Founders Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez
from post-hardcore rockers At The Drive-In, plus Marcel Rodríguez
López
and Deantoni Parks.
Active: 2001-2013 / 6 albums

New Retrospective called: La Realidad De Los Sueños (The Reality Of Dreams)
What: An 18-LP box set with their entire studio discography alongside unreleased material.
Out: 23 April but the 5000 copies have SOLD OUT in a flash despite the staggering ‘corporate’ price of 479 dollars! Mark my words: in a few days an announcement
will come that more copies are available.

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