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The Bedlam in Goliath

The Mars Volta, Nathaniel StookeyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B000ZK4466
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No one has ever accused the Mars Volta of subtlety. But even so, the cyclonic caterwaul of Bedlam in Goliath is the band’s fullest starburst to date. Sure, the songs have titles that seem indecipherable, from "Aberinkula" to "Conjugal Burns." The important thing, though, is the molten, guitar-spiraling, drum-thundering core at the heart of the whole endeavor. "Aberinkula" opens the album with an unfettered explosion of clustered guitars and a dense keyboard haze pierced by Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s coarse, pitched yowl. A scouring soprano sax solo cuts across the songs’s midsection, and that vibe spreads throughout Bedlam, but so does the most pervasive melding of herky-jerk rhythms, post-punk speed, uber-funk bass, and chaotic riffage that you’re likely to find in rock & roll. If it’s Bedlam you want, you can’t miss here. --Andrew Bartlett

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2008 album from the eccentric Alternative outfit. Fans of this American Progressive Rock band should expect the same thematic approach to storytelling as on their former records. This album chronicles The Mars Volta's time with the Soothsayer AKA the Ouija board owned by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and its mutation from a source of amusement during the tour supporting the band's Amputechture album into a malevolent psycho-spiritual force that nearly tore the group apart, collectively and individually. The album's creation process was subject to "bad luck controversy" after the band's bizarre experience. The Bedlam in Goliath is their fourth full-length studio album. Produced by guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with engineer Robert Carranza, 12 tracks. Universal.

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm starting to feel a miscarriage coming on..." January 29, 2008
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(The Bedlam in Goliath" by The Mars Volta)

On their fourth studio album, The Mars Volta have definitely decided not to take it easy. From the very moment it starts until its ending 75 (!) minutes later, the band works in full steam ahead hyperdrive mode, rarely stopping for breath. One could be halfway through the album before realizing the first track is even over. On the upside, it shows a band determined to prove they're now the hardest working men in show business; on the downside, the songs tend to blend together into a massive rush of LOUDERFASTERNOW!!! Although working with the same prog-punk blueprint they've been developing over the years, here they seem to reject the more jam-band approach of Frances the Mute or Amputechture. All of the songs on the new album fall below the ten-minute mark, which for them is concise (disgruntled fans of the first album may want to check this one out). Their love of latin rhythms continues, however, aided ably by new drummer Thomas Pridgen, who gives the impression he's actually two men. The twin guitar attack of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and (former Chili Pepper) John Frusciante, while using every style they can think of (including feedback noise), here they at least stick to the song at hand. This is not to say they're not coloring outside the lines, but they play it at such light-speed that the impression one gets is of Miles Davis' On the Corner interpreted by meth-addled robots.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch me now January 31, 2008
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I'll give the Mars Volta this -- they can spin a concept album out of just about anything. In this case, a cursed/haunted ouija board from Jerusalem.

And their fourth full-length album "The Bedlam in Goliath" is a suitably haunted, demented affair with some vibrant moments buried in the crazy lyrics and tsunamis of distorted, chaotic hard-rock. It just grabs you and pushes you to the edge, with the force of its dense music -- and if you like it weird, it's a blast.

It starts off loud -- a blazing twisting bassline, hammering drums and Cedric Bixler-Zavala's howling vocals buried somewhere in the twisting melody. And it's folllowed the equally eruptive "Metatron," a swirling storm of clashing riffs and sharp drums... really, it's like an extension of the first song,

With the distorted buildup and electric riffs of "Ilyena," the Mars Volta try out some different sounds -- blazing droning tsunamis of twirling bass'n'guitars, epic rockers with the power of a sandstorm, landslides of sputtering hoarse riffs, howling psychedelica, wailing laments, and the tight, serpentine power of "Ouroborous."

Admittedly, the Mars Volta can't keep up this energy continually -- "Tourniquet Man" is a messy tangle of distortion, horns, halfhearted drums and a continuous drone of synth in the background. "Askepios" flirts with this sound, but is saved from total boredom by its louder moments.

The Mars Volta has been dabbling in this stuff for years now, though they stumbled with an album that was more about the weirdness than the music. Fortunately, while it has some limp moments, "The Bedlam in Goliath" is more about the eruptions of vaguely psychedelic, extremely uncatchy hard rock -- in other words, what they do best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album. February 3, 2008
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I have had the pleasure of owning this album for 2 days now and, it just keeps on growing on me. I've been a fan of TMV since 'De-loused' but found 'Frances the mute' and 'Amputechture' to be a little pretentious. Not the case here. 'The bedlam in goliath' runs right out of the gate and does not let up. Before i delve into this review i must confess that i am a huge king crimson fan and an even bigger Tool fan so, TMV fit right in with my musical tastes.

I didnt even know that this album was out until the drummer in my band texted me and told me so. I immediately jumped out of bed and showered, hopped in my car and drove to coconuts. I proceeded indoors where i found a copy then walked back to my car. Now, as with all new releases i must soak it all in. So, i continue home, pack a battie and pop in 'Bedlam'. BAM! right away they barrage you with a full on assault of twisted sounds and then cedric hits a register higher than the almighty himself. I am not going to give a track by track review since people seemed to have covered that already. The concept behind 'The bedlam in goliath' is, omar was in jerusalem in a curio shop and came across a ouija board which he brought home. The band say they used in night after night and the same spirits would come through. The short of it is, the band claims they were haunted by these spirits which interferred with the making of the record. All hub-bub aside, this is an amazing release and MUCH better than what i had expected from them.

Also worth mentioning is the new drummer, forgive me for not knowing his name off hand. He manages to out-shine jon theodore in many aspects of the music and feels like an overall better fit for where they seem to be venturing. If your a fan of progressive/space/experimental music grab this album and prepare to shift into hyper-drive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Bedlam here
This is The Mars Volta's 4th album (I think?) and it's a bit of a departure from their previous stuff. It's mellower than previous albums but I really enjoyed that.
Published 5 months ago by Charleyp1
5.0 out of 5 stars In perfect condition and great packaging!!
Recommend this to everyone who is a Mars Volta fan!!! The packaging of the vinyl is one of the best that i've ever seen!
Published 5 months ago by Pedro Gomes
2.0 out of 5 stars It's faster and louder and more intense. But is it good?
I'm a big fan of the Mars Volta's first three albums. My favorite of theirs, Deloused In The Comatorium, had the perfect balance between song structures and spacey exploration. Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. Vo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I've never been able to articulate the love I have for TMV and their music and its no difference with The Bedlam in Goliath, to me its a awesome, well crafted album that I love but... Read more
Published 9 months ago by KDoll
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful for the ears!
This is one of my favorite Mars Volta albums! Admittedly they lost me for a while after Frances da Mute. But now they have my full attention again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by winged orange angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Volta Goes Hard
This album is really great, and leans toward a harder spectrum in their progressive rock. The lyrics and music are reminiscent of what the title says, and that's bedlam. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Allie
2.0 out of 5 stars warped
It was really warped when I received it. Pretty much looked like a bowl. It was still playable but definitely extremely warped.
Published 17 months ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record. Awesome packaging.
This is a classic record by a group of some of my favorite artists. Thoroughly enjoyable album.
The vinyl itself is red and black, the heavy 180 gram stuff. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Justin G Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible album!
This album is an awesome example of sonic gorgeousness. Listening to it on vinyl completely transcends anything you can imagine!
Published 19 months ago by John Huffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging review
No one buys vinyl without liking or at least hearing an album first, so I'm just going to comment on the physical product. As always, great and interesting artwork. Read more
Published 19 months ago by JAE
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Good review by SalviaVoid, although I somewhat disagree with his last point...I find that the chorus of "Goliath" is actually very reminiscent of "Vermicide", which was one of my favorite songs from 'Amputechture'. Overall I feel 'The Bedlam in Goliath' is very top-heavy. I... Read More
Jan 28, 2008 by Christopher Modisette |  See all 3 posts
What the hell happened??
They cancelled all pre-orders because demand was higher than what they were going to be supplying. It's been rescheduled for Feb 5.
Jan 28, 2008 by J. Bjorne |  See all 9 posts
"Birthday" cover
that seems like a pretty facile criticism, considering that they already have pleased me from time to time, and the other points I mention make it hardly a 'whim.'

guess I forgot I was supposed to treat them only as a sovereign God...the pedal-board, I'm sure, makes that mandatory.
Nov 21, 2011 by Brandon A. |  See all 3 posts
Live Goliath
Saw TMV last night in Irvine (Southern California) and was blown away. I also could not believe that Thomas didn't have multiple kick drums with that sound he makes and all. Awesome seeing Drunkship and Goliath live!
Jan 31, 2008 by Christopher Modisette |  See all 2 posts
audio quality on USB
I assume it will be a lossless format. Hopefully flac or just wav files. The White Stripes USB album had the songs in apple lossless. I don't know if they had D.R.M. or not. I seriously hope not.
Jan 24, 2008 by Andrew B. Devierno |  See all 3 posts
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