Sixth studio album
arrives March 27 via Warner Bros.
By Blurt Staff
Even as the music world continues to ponder the recent
announcement of At The Drive-In’s impending reunion (which will include
Coachella performances), news arrives today that ATDI offshoot The Mars Volta –
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala – will release
their next album, Noctourniquet on
March 27. It’s the followup to 2009’s Octahedron (which was the followup to 2008’s The
Bedlam in Goliath, the source of the group’s Grammy win for Best Hard Rock
Performance “Wax Simulacra”).
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” punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies and
borderline electro-ambient washes, most notably in the epic “In
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 Rodriguez-Lopez, Bixler-Zavala,
Juan Alderete de la Pena, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, and Deantoni Parks.
A full track listing is posted at the band’s website: www.themarsvolta.com