Octahedron

The Mars Volta - Octahedron
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Based on 30 reviews
2009 Ratings: #594 / 923
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Based on 269 ratings
2009 Rank: #226
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musicOMH

The contrast couldn't be greater. Previous Mars Volta album The Bedlam In Goliath started as if the band were looking at their last day on Earth, and continued as a frenzied hour of guitar-led intensity. 


Octahedron goes to the other extreme, beginning with an almost inaudible quiet. At least a minute passes before any sound can be properly

determined. It's strangely disconcerting, as nobody gave the band permission to do "quiet", surely?!

SnowyFighter
72

Dude is on a mission

Octahedron sees the band taking a bit of a less complicated approach to their sound. I feel like with TMV, I tend to look for their more unique and complex songwriting, so to me this ends up being my least favorite of their albums so far. It’s definitely not bad though, and I still like it. There are just less standout moments overall. Luciforms is really good tho. Definitely one of the more catchy and climactic songs on here. Desperate Graves has a nice vocal melody ... read more

knewnie
50

Octahedron is a real odd-ball in The Mars Volta's discography. about the record, Cedric described it as "the opposite of all the records we've done," and called it their "pop record." i don't know if i'd go that far, but Octahedron is definitely the biggest change to Mars Volta's sound yet. after a somewhat return to form on The Bedlam in Goliath, they've decided to explore new sonic territory, and by that i mean simplifying their sound down to a more accessible and less ... read more

pearathon
84

Quite underrated! This was by far their softest album up to this point, and sort of functioned as their "pop" album until they came back with an actual pop album in 2022. Despite the more toned down nature of this album, I found it quite consistently great! Lots of great vocal performances from Cedric here that stand out more due to the subdued instrumentation, such as on Since We've Been Wrong and especially With Twilight As My Guide. There are lots of gorgeous moments on here, but ... read more

PsychIron
78

A great psych album that has some very interesting sounds stuffed into it. While I feel that a few of the tracks drag quite a bit, that does not detract too much from the fact that this is a very solid listening experience

pearathon
84

Quite underrated! This was by far their softest album up to this point, and sort of functioned as their "pop" album until they came back with an actual pop album in 2022. Despite the more toned down nature of this album, I found it quite consistently great! Lots of great vocal performances from Cedric here that stand out more due to the subdued instrumentation, such as on Since We've Been Wrong and especially With Twilight As My Guide. There are lots of gorgeous moments on here, but ... read more

FunkyBlood9696
73

The Mars Volta are one of those bands that's hard to like, but also hard to dislike
They have a unique sound and style that they push to their absolute limit with every album they come out with, and while it does make their overall direction exciting and bold to follow, it's also beyond tacky and mind-numbing in some ways too
This is my second time hearing an album of theirs in full, as I've heard that it sees them reeling it back from the extremity of their previous releases and making their ... read more

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