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The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath Reviews

The Bedlam in Goliath

No one has ever accused the Mars Volta of subtlety. But even so, the cyclonic caterwaul of Bedlam in Goliath is the band’s fullest starburst to date. Sure, the songs have titles that seem indecipherable, from “Aberinkula” to “Conjugal Burns.” The important thing, though, is the molten, guitar-spiraling, drum-thundering core at the heart of the whole endeavor. “Aberinkula” opens the album with an unfettered explosion of clustered guitars and a dense keyboard haze pierced by Cedric (more…)

13 responses to “The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath Reviews”

  1. Umatilla says:

    (The Bedlam In Goliath “by The Mars Volta)
      On their fourth studio album, The Mars Volta have definitely decided, it is not easy. From the moment where it starts, until its termination in 75 (!) Minutes later, the band in full force ahead of hyper-drive mode, rarely stopping for breath. It might be half way through the album before the realization of the first track is over. On the other hand, it shows a band determined that they are now the hardest working men in show business, on the downside, the songs tend to combine in a massive onslaught of LOUDERFASTERNOW! Although the work with the same prog-punk concept, they have to develop over the years, here they seem to reject the jam-band approach of Frances the Mute or Amputechture . All songs on the new album under the ten-minute mark, which for them is scarce (disgruntled fans of the first album to review, you can enter it from). Her love for Latin rhythms continue, but with assistance including through new drummer Thomas Pridgen, the impression that he is in fact two men. The two-guitar attack of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and (former Chili Pepper) John Frusciante, while any kind, they can (including feedback noise), at least here in the song at hand. That does not mean they are not coloring outside the lines, but they play it in this light-speed, the impression is one of Miles Davis' On the Corner of the methods-addled robot. Meanwhile, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala sticks mainly in the upper registers of his voice and lets the words fall into such a sentence Thay a lyric sheet is necessary to know what they are. This is not to say “understand”, but “The Bedlam in Goliath” is (what else?) A concept album about a seemingly cursed Ouija board that the band in Jerusalem. Hey, I have not the news I just report them. If one sounds a little daunting, it's probably because it should. The Mars Volta does not naturally appeal to casual listeners, in fact, are difficult to Rush or Tool fans can even run screaming from the room. One of their main inspirations, Carlos Santana, would probably also baffled. Nevertheless, if you're already a fan of the band, or just want to test your strength as a music fan, this is the album you are longing for. Although one wishes that they were sometimes slow down – this album is all crescendo, all the time – this is no return to the form of their earlier work, but an entirely different creative plane. With its maximum-firepower approach, if the Mars Volta are not the best band of all time, they are certainly the most.

  2. Amory says:

    Bedlam Definition: disorder, consisting of a not behave as expected. And that is exactly what this album has to offer. While trying to avoid repeating the obvious elements of this album, I must say I was a bit nervous about buying the Bedlam in Goliath. Why? While Frances the Mute and Amputechure both albums were better than Green Day Fallout Boy, or even imagine pulling, but they reflect the challenges of a band to follow-up after the Smashing success of De-Loused in the Comatorium to lose, while an important member of the band and often overlooked, Jeremy Ward. While many highlights Amputechture and Frances both feel bloated eps, which benefited from more editing (such as the 2-plus minutes after noise band “The Widow” and not everyone always makes the whole “Cassandra Gemini”?) and better mixing (more ikey, and what with the drums in Amputechture?). John Theodore then stopped, the aversion to live shows, nor was an amazing drummer. What now?
      Bedlam more than surprised me, because I have so many of the tracks of the first listen as previous albums, including De-Loused grew on me. This album is a return to form, literally! Somehow nine minutes song like “soothsayer” sounded like it was three minutes long. The song structures are more stringent to Bedlam, is less experimental (a la Frances), more structured and shorter solos, less turn on a dime tempo and mood changes (a la Amputecture), sections combine effective, less meandering, and more accessible. But in the context Bedlam is as accessible as sushi! This is not mainstream music. Now that TMV is an octet of this recording retains an astonishing clarity and thanks Rich Costy nothing gets lost in the mix. And do not worry about the new drummer, Thomas Pridgen, an alumni of Berklee College of Music. I was pleasantly surprised with the intensity Pridgen and technical control of this complex music.
      'Wax Simulcara “would be a great first track. Perhaps the most radio-friendly title and TMV, recently on the route of the Dave Letterman Show. Wax shows Pridgen drums command on the tasks while driving a hard and intense rock out that ends in a blissful Freak Out acid jam that on previous albums have lasted until next year.
      “diviner” is an excellent way to haunting, very effective, and is divided into ten / four time signature. The heavy guitar sound echo loading dominates that De-Loused which I enjoy much of this is back on track. I wonder what some sitar and Tablas would have in these and my personal favorite track. The additional string section increases the depth of this song. Omar Bravo, in order for its opening guitar / sitar phrasing and space effects!
      “Goliath” has a catchy guitar riff, while Cedric's high-end vocal screams are in a position to conjure up old ghosts. The crying at the end is violent and frightening.
      “Aberinkula” has a blistering sax solo, this track has moments that remind me of Viscera Eyes, this is not a bad thing.
      “Metatron” almost resembles Tetragrammton even shorter by 7 minutes (phew!) and has a killer bass line!
      “Ileyna” is a pleasantly funky tune, perhaps inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
      “Tourniquet Man” is an odd track seems to fit that in his short 2 and a half minute span Perhaps Mellow track, a kind of oasis.
      “Cavalettas” has a lot more to the form, and interesting sound manipulations that are not too exaggerated.
      “Agadez” rekindles ideas from “Take the veil Cerpin Taxt” and could well be the end of track. Hey I hear ikey on this one!
      “Askepios” is an interesting song that feels like two songs.
      “Ourboros” has moments that seem to System of a Down. With its high choir, and heavy syncopation, melody, and this contrasts between soft and intense sections.
      “Conjugal Burns” is an almost humorist, Halloweenish bass guitar sounds of Juan Alderete. The cry near the end of Cedric's most intense of all time!
      hearing this album the first time was like a novel to read that you're not down. The intensity and creativity of this album holds me captive for the duration of a few albums as a whole can. You can learn more about the story / concept of this album elsewhere. Note that Cedric and Omar have repeatedly stated that the message of their music is obscure, you are free to interpret as you want! But before you go and blow your mind by exploring and investigating the meaning of the song title, words and artwork. For each answer, you will see a new question. Less is more and less at the same time. This is music that almost describe with words, you just need to hear. And if you open and, like De-Loused you will not be disappointed that you have.
     

  3. Tuyet says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mars Volta’s best yet
    The Bedlam in Goliath is a must own for anyone who likes The Mars Volta, or anything else that Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has done.

  4. Twyla says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Among the best in 2008
    Its complex as usual. The kind of music that cannot put u at ease. Its like u having a heavy dose of LSD in a hot day. Im just kidding.

  5. Riva says:

    Finally a band that eschews convention and the new approach in the music and what Pitchfork said that her records? 4 / 10. I know that I do not care, but really what they think. There's so much risk-taking and virtuosity of these guys that the other bands in the shade. Like many avant-guard free jams have you heard in the last ten years of indie bands? Anyway, I just wanted to vent some frustration at a big band ever dumped from a website, which I guess just want to patch retreading.

  6. Pablo says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Ok, but noisy and full of itself
    This album is more musically precise than previous efforts, though I have to say that i don’t feel like i’m hearing anything new.

  7. Zudora says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    creation # five
    I remember listening to deloused, it was my first TMV album, and completely loved it. Then once this album came out, we got it and slipped it in the cd player in our car, turned…

  8. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A return to form and beyond
    Through their first three albums the Mars Volta’s career had been somewhat hit-and-miss (though admittedly the hits outnumbered the misses), but with the Bedlam in Goliath they…

  9. Odell says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    I Really Tried to Like It
    This CD gives me a headache. You have a bunch of noise with no real melody. You have a singer with no voice. You have lyrics that are nonsensical.

  10. Henley says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Controversial Release
    I am a huge fan of TMV and have given each of their albums a great deal more play than those of most other bands in my collection.

  11. Haide says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Caveat emptor: A Ouija Board *Wrote* The Lyrics . . .
    Eclectic banality for masturbating the ear drums (a compendium of TMV LP’s 1,2&3)
    If you like TMV, you like them up, you like them down.

  12. Emiliana says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Garbage!
    I have been a fan of The Mars Volta for a while now. ‘De-loused’ was outstanding, ‘Francis The Mute’ Had it’s moments, and ‘Amputechture’ seemed like a step in the right…

  13. Ye says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Lost touch
    Ok, Ill admit it, The Mars Volta has completely derailed from a compositional standpoint. While they used to utilize all the spastic, ambitious qualities in the past to accomplish…

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