Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

Although news articles and artist spotlights are supposed to be impartial, I cannot help but express my unfathomable excitment after hearing about the latest from my personal favorite band, The Mars Volta.  The last we heard from them was in mid 2009 when they dropped their fifth album, Octahedron, which was seen as their "acoustic album," although there was little acoustics used.  Since then the band has been mum on a release, aside from their typical "we've had our new album written for years!" schtick that continues to be more difficult to believe.  Yet here we are, three years later, and The Mars Volta have finally revieled details concerning their sixth album, Noctourniquet.

Not a whole lot is known about Noctourniquet, save for the track list, release date, and album cover.  And while that information would be enough coming from any other band, one cannot predict what The Mars Volta will do next.  They could reinvent pop, delve further into electronics, or even do death metal--there really is simply no way of knowing.  One could speculate, but chances are it would miss the mark.  After all, the jazz infused prog rock of Frances the Mute and De-loused in the Comatorium are a far cry from the alt-rock stylings of Octahedron.
My anticipation, interpreted by Cedric Bixler-Zavala himself
Yet it's the glorious uncertainty that always makes each release special; a fresh and exciting revelation that the listener is truly being treated to something new.  Noctourniquet drops on March 27th, and is definitely something to keep on radar.

1. The Whip Hand
2. Aegis
3. Dyslexicon
4. Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound
5. The Malkin Jewel
6. Lapochka
7. In Absentia
8. Imago
9. Molochwalker
10. Trinkets Pale Of Moon
11. Vedamalady
12. Noctourniquet
13. Zed And Two Naughts


  1. Congrats on not using Rolling Stone's article verbatim like most music journalist sites have been doing. I'm talking to you, Spin...

  2. Also: they've been playing the majority of the album live for the past year or so. Here's "Molochwalker", for instance: