The Mars Volta - Amputechture
"maybe one day you’ll stop and realize / the throne that you serve is dead"
- Day Of The Baphomets
This is The Mars Volta’s third album, originally released in 2006. This time they managed to fit in in mostly really, really long songs - the album’s average song length is nearly 10 minutes and fits 8 songs.
Their creativity and drive have not faded on this, and personally, I have the somewhat unpopular opinion that this album is better than “Frances The Mute”. The album opens up slowly, but not any less chaotic than normal with complex riffs and free jazz-inspired horns side by side. The second song on the album “Tetragrammaton” sums up quite well, what it is that The Mars Volta are capable of - constructing a mix of beautiful, yet agressive and chaotic musical environments. The song changes style and pace so many time, that it could have easily been mistaken for 3-4 separate songs, but is in fact a 16+ minute long monster.
Some other highlights for me would be “Meccamputechture”, another long and confusing song, that’ll find me shouting “please dismantle these phantom limbs" every time that part comes up. I’m also very fond of "Viscera Eyes" with its great riff and mix of Spanish and English lyrics as well as the desperately insisting riffs of "Day Of The Baphomets".
It’s hard not to be impressed with the musical complexity and skill in their music and with musicians as Omar and Cedric themselves along with one of the most skilled drummers in the world, Jon Theodore, and former RHCP-guitarist John Frusciante, just to name a few, it’s not too surprising that they can create these massive albums.
This particular pressing is the limited colored version of the 2014 reissue from Music On Vinyl. It’s limited to 3000 numbered copies, but the reissue pressings have been available on blue and black vinyl as well. The quality is great, and while the cover is still a little flimsy, like the De-Loused reissue, it seems a little more sturdy and this time the discs comes in some nice polylined sleeves unlike the cheap paper ones.
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- Color: Red/Gold Marbled
- Condition: condition