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The Mars Volta announce sixth album, Noctourniquet

The Mars Volta

Story by Jack Foley

KNOWN for such landmark releases as the gold-certified De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances The Mute, The Mars Volta return in epic and unexpected fashion with its sixth album: Noctourniquet.

The LP will be released on March 26, 2012, by Warner Bros.

While Noctourniquet was, in typical Mars Volta fashion, written by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and produced by Rodriguez-Lopez, the 13-track album explores musical territories previously uncharted in the duo’s 20 or so years of creating music together.

The spectrum of musical and emotional textures conceived and created by Rodriguez-Lopez on Noctourniquet ranges from the opening bombast of The Whip Hand to the menacing crawl of The Malkin Jewel and is punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes.

As with previous Mars Volta efforts, Bixler-Zavala’s lyrics trace a narrative journey with a defined protagonist, this time inspired by disparate elements including ’80s UK alt-rockers The Godfathers, Superman comic nemesis Solomon Grundy and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus.

Noctourniquet was performed by The Mars Volta lineup of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, and Deantoni Parks.

A full track listing is posted at the band’s website

  1. This has nothing to do with the Superman character Solomon Grundy – it is about the nursery rhyme. This has literally been copied and pasted on Rolling Stone, Spin, and like 30 other outlets all because one source wrote it – and all the other “music journalism” sites are literally just copying and pasting the same 3 paragraphs, tracklistings, etc. This is a carbon copy of the Rolling Stone article with the same misinformation.

    Dandelion    Jan 24    #