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Like their two previous albums, De-Loused in the Comatorium and Frances the Mute, Amputechture is a dense and mysterious “concept” album that’s often impenetrable but always intriguing. Exactly what the album is about is anyone’s guess (there are multiple references to God, yet that hardly clears it up), but it’s stunning to listen to how many different themes and ideas are packed into this 76-minute epic. Seemingly anything goes—long ambient passages shift abruptly into screaming metal guitar solos and free jazz horns before fading into gorgeous, subdued melodies or soft Latin rhythms. The countless tempo changes and radical dynamic shifts keep the listener on edge, and the intensity is sustained by the counterpoint of Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s high register vocals and impressionistic lyrics, some of which are sung in Spanish. Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez’s musicianship is as impressive as their imagination, and they’re joined by technically gifted guests, including guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who possess the chops necessary to execute these challenging compositions. Amputechture is a sprawling thrill ride that’s both unnerving and exhilarating.

Customer Reviews

The Definition Of Alternative Music!

The Mars Volta's third outing sees them dropping their conventional single narrative approach in favour of the more traditional individual track format. The result is a predictably complex affair that lacks the immediacy and/or continuity of it's two predecessors, though still delivers all that listeners have come to expect from a Mars Volta record - densely layered guitar based tracks (here once again aided by the allegedly near-improvised guitar parts of John Frusciante), impassioned lyrics and vocals, and moments of sheer abandonment in music that perhaps not even Radiohead would dare make. First timers might want to check out the more accessible "de-loused in the comatorium" first, but that notwithstanding, if you're fed up with the anthemic, predictable and plagiarized music spewed out by oasis, razorlight, coldplay and the like, then this is your stop...

Absolutely Incredible.

By far the best thing The Mars Volta have ever done, and that is saying a lot. It is by no means easy listening, but I'd say it's the easiest album to appreciate by the band, though some critics beg to differ. Instead of a whole album preferably listened to in one sitting, these songs are amazing individual tracks in their own right. That being said, they also flow together perfectly! The track "Tetragrammaton" is one of the best songs ever. It is filled with a thousand ideas at once and is completely beautiful and crazy. It sums up everything The Mars Volta are about, so if you don't like this track after a few listens, then steer clear and leave this record to the people who love it. The second track is worth getting the album for alone. Pretty much every track here is amazing, so if you have heard the band before and like them - Get this. Now.

Grifters... Cocksure spartans? Monkey Nut fluid abbreviations for sure!

Rip the cosh! Loss adjustment pictures of the mourning of St Pauli! Man, amazonian fountians are soundtrackin' my histroy/impressions n'est pas?! Frig! Culture imbound fractious dwarf pentecostal immoduim movements of the bowels!


Formed: 2001 in El Paso, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Picking up the pieces from At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta and wasted little time branching out into elements of hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz that expanded on the boundaries of their previous work. Although their previous band's demise ultimately arrived before they were able to truly capitalize on their mounting commercial triumphs, the Mars Volta immediately impressed with their willingness to eschew conventional logic and push themselves...
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