Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath

Today is great day. Why you ask? Because the new album from genre defying supergroup the Mars Volta, The Bedlam in Goliath, hits stores today. If you have any self respect and lay claim to be a "fan" of good music, then you will go out and purchase this album without fail. They're back and as poweful as ever, weaving a tapestry of prog-rock and jazz fusion, all centered around the true story of the Soothsayer. An ouija-style board purchased in Jerusalem by lead guitarist and mastermind Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the band enjoyed playing with it while on tour. But soon, multiple problems began plaguing the band, including problems during production, lost tracks, flooded studios, departing members and financial troubles. To break the curse of the board, they buried it, and swore to never speak of it again during production. This unique direction made for a truly standout album. Prepare to be laid waste to an all out assault on the ears. Standouts on the album include: Aberinkula, Ilyena, Goliath, Cavalettas and the first single, Wax Simulacra. Here's a listen.

Wax Simulacra – mp3

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