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Noctourniquet [CLV]

The Mars VoltaVinyl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CLV
  • Label: Rodriguez Lopez Productions
  • ASIN: B007SWZUX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Double 12-inch Opaque Blue & Orange Vinyl. This album features a widespine jacket with 2 full color 3D inner sleeves and 3D Glasses. Also included, Limited Edition 12'' x 24'' full color (folded) poster insert. This record does not include a digital download card.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet March 27, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Mars Volta return in 2012 with their sixth full-length studio album, Noctourniquet. As with most of their work many people will have made up their mind about whether they'll like it beforehand anyway, based on whether or not they like how the band keeps changing away from its early style. This time there is also a bit of interesting non-musical context surrounding the album that explains how and why Noctourniquet is the record that it is.

Firstly, the band have been known in the past for having somewhat exacting standards of quality and timing and so if they aren't happy with something it doesn't come out under their name. This has lead to a live album and at least two full studio albums being scrapped or put on hold so far. During their previous album Octahedron's cycle the band claimed that the follow up album was already recorded, but soon after they decided to make this yet newer album instead. Now however it is unclear whether they actually did or not.

It is also interesting that the band would put out a new studio album so close to when the At The Drive In reunion is going on, almost like either the band or the record company don't want fans to forget about The Mars Volta.

Finally, the line-up has seen a change; Isaiah Ikey Owens is absent from the keyboard position for the first time, John Frusciante doesn't contribute any guitar and Deantoni Parks makes his studio debut as the band's new drummer. Interestingly; despite the album being made without their long time keys player Owens, Noctourniquet seems to be driven primarily by Synths. Of course, The Mars Volta have always made use of keys and synths but this album features them even more than usual.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By brendan
Format:Audio CD
Like many die-hard fans of this band, the anticipation of a new release from The Mars Volta is one of the most exciting experiences. With each album, it becomes a sort of game to predict what type of twist and turns Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala will take. So, we arrive at Noctourniquet, the 6th LP from the El Paso band. What do we get? Well, we get an extremely accomplished album, and for this fan, a massive sigh of relief and renewed excitement. See, The Mars Volta's last LP, Octahedron, was advertised to be a massive stripping down of their sound. For me, while it is certainly a decent record, it turned out to be rather hollow. The band wanted to slow down the in-your-face abrasive attack that quite frankly, peaked on The Bedlam in Goliath, but they did not have the songs to back it up. This record definitely succeeds where Octahedron somewhat failed. Not only does it have good songs, it has EXCELLENT songs. You also get a smorgasboard of past influences of the band, giving perhaps the most even album since Deloused in The Comatorium. Melody abounds everywhere, songs like Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound and In Absentia are major breakthroughs for this band, while songs like Aegis and Imago convey true heartbreaking emotion, something I haven't heard from this band in a long time. Restraint is the name of the game on this one, so if you need freak-out time signatures, constant key changes and the like, you may be disappointed. This album however does have the trademark quirkiness of the band and is certainly still a "progressive" album, songs like The Whip Hand and Dyslexicon will definitely bludgeon you with trademark Volta prog aggression. However, everything is condensed and somewhat user-friendly. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TMV goes in a new direction and sounds like TMV March 31, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Mars Volta is one of the few bands that somehow manages to cover different musical territory with each subsequent album and yet still makes music that undoubtedly sounds like The Mars Volta. This time around, "Noctourniquet" finds them rocking harder than they did on their last effort while looking towards the past for inspiration, namely towards electronic beats and synthesizers that recall other bands yet still push the music in a decidedly Mars Volta direction.
Take opener "The Whip Hand", for instance. Absent Cedric's distinctive voice, this track could easily find itself a home on a Nine Inch Nails album. Progressive rock meets industrial rock and the results are exhilarating. "Aegis" follows, which opens with a Radiohead-esque guitar intro (think "Creep") and active percussion not too far removed from Radiohead's more recent endeavors. In fact, several tracks on the album- "Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound", "In Absentia", "Zed and Two Naughts"- are laced with healthy doses of electronica that result in what sounds like a collaboration between The Mars Volta and Reznor, Yorke, possibly even Jourgensen and Ministry. The title track even throws in some '80s sounding synth that evokes images of cheesy dance moves and bad hair, while "Lapochka" throws in some sweet Beach Boy sounding harmonies. Still, throughout it all, the music is undoubtedly The Mars Volta, full of unexpected time signatures and enigmatic lyrics.
Several tracks stand-out as some of the best this band has done. "The Malkin Jewel" could be a Meat Puppets song as covered by Modest Mouse- quirky, jammy, loose, and weird in a manner TMV does not normally do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance
I am glad that I hear things that the critics in the press don't. This is my introduction to TMV, and I am hooked. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dr GB Dennill
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting work ruined by stupid sound engineers and the stupid...
Have you ever heard of the words "Dynamic Range"?
Don't worry if not, you won't find any in this album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ivan S
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Swan Song
Let's get something straight right off the bat. What we have right here is the Music of the Spheres. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luciferal
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 5 albums of all time
I was completely stunned when I heard this album. It took only 2 full playthroughs to realize they have produced a masterpiece. The music has so much power. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hank Nova
5.0 out of 5 stars The best for last.
To me this sounds like the culmination of a couple of decades of musical mastery, innovation and experience, and it combines the best elements of their previous two albums into a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ivg
1.0 out of 5 stars don't do it!
i've been a fan of these guys and their music since acrobatic tenement in 1996. that doesn't earn me anything, just to say that i have followed them with interest, and though... Read more
Published 11 months ago by droceankddd
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh!
Pretty much like all bands, the older TMV gets the less they rock. They try to rock but fall way short of their first two masterpieces.
Published 13 months ago by Zwoof
5.0 out of 5 stars muy confiable
EXCELENTE PRODUCTO Y RÁPIDA ENTREGA TOMANDO EN CUENTA LA DISTANCIA EN LA QUE ME ENCUENTRO. MUCHAS GRACIAS
ALEJANDRO ABT .
Published 13 months ago by alejandro abt
1.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like a bad prequel to Cedric's forthcoming solo album
I saw Mars Volta at the Showbox in Seattle in 2003 when they actually played all their songs with only 20% jamming, Saul Williams opened the show, it was f'n amazing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ben Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a huge Volta fan, but not too big on this one.
It pains me to only give this album 4 Stars because i had such higher hopes for it. I think that there are some interesting parts on this album, and they definitely are treading... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Modest Man Mike
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