The Mars Volta
Cascades of refreshing ingenuity from the illustrious sultans of modern alternative rock. Noctourniquet bleeds psychedelic awe.
Its been almost a decade since the release of their De-loused in the Comatorium which was a fucking great debut record. Since then, what’s great about the Mars Volta, is their seemingly relentless innovation and imagination that they implant into our modern rock, its refreshing, authentic and original.
Noctourniquet carries vast layers of sound that give the record a total cryptic feel. There are floods of signature Omar guitar lines that control runs in the chorus’ of tracks, notably the penultimate self titled track. The kind of stuff you might remember in ‘Drunkship of Lanterns’. And as by usual fashion, the band equip another peak drummer who goes by the name Deantoni Parks, used to working alongside the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group. Some footage here / Click Image
What stood out about Noctourniquet at first listen was some quite interesting vocal work by Cedric, particularly in the track ‘Dyslexicon’ - which is loud and surprisingly dreamy. The single, ‘The Malkin Jewel’ seemed to be some kind of dissonant blitz of the Mars Volta meeting ska. As far as expectations went for the record, this track appeared to be the possible whimsical, alternative direction that the band might be hitting on… bit worried. It sunk in though, definitely a threshold there.
The 13 tracks are truly a trip, the album reveals subtle doses of psychedelic guitar and synth work that shapes huge sound scapes you can just fall back into. Drum work is rampant and weights each track perfectly, massing a colossal roar. It seems The Mars Volta urge to experiment and move their sound forward, they are still the sultans of modern alternative rock. Noctourniquet is a delightful expedition.
Click Image / The Mars Volta Official Site
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