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Created in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, by actor Jared Leto and his Older brother, Shannon, 30 Seconds to Mars initially began as a big family project. Matt Wachter later joined the band as bassist and keyboard player. After working with a number of guitarists (including Kevin Drake and Solon Bixler), the three auditioned Tomo Milicevic to round out the band’s official roster. After ... Read more in Amazon's Thirty Seconds To Mars Store

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  • Audio CD (December 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B0029LHW68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 release, the third album from Jared Leto and his 30 Seconds To Mars mates. The album was produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode) and Steve Lillywhite. Leto, together with brother Shannon, has firmly established 30 Seconds To Mars as a major Rock act around the world. Their last album, A Beautiful Lie, sold over one million copies in the U.S. and has achieved platinum status in Australia. This Is War's packaging will feature 764 different covers - all of which are images of their fans faces which were submitted online.

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I love this band, they are really good and this album is really nice to listen to.
Yum3Winans
To each his own, but I would emphatically recommend that anyone on the fence about this album go ahead and buy it.
Joshua S. Marbert
This new album by 30STM recognizes the bands abilities to change genres and still sound amazing.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By E=Mski2 on December 8, 2009
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How many times do you hear a "great" song on the radio and buy the whole album only to be disappointed to find that "great" song surrounded by a bunch of mediocre at best productions? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question. The first time I heard Kings and Queens I was hoping that the rest of the album would follow the tradition of A Beautiful Lie and I am definitely not disappointed. In my opinion This is War takes A Beautiful Lie and improves on it in every aspect. Superb.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful By DarcieRoy on December 8, 2009
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With the release of their third album, This is War, 30 Seconds to Mars has once and for all shirked their reputation as an "angst" band. It could instead be argued that, while the wounds of their battle with Virgin Records are evident in their latest release, they instead offer themselves as healthy role models for listeners, channeling their frustration and suffering into songs of hope, optimism, and strength.

"I fell apart but I got back up again," Jared Leto croons in "Alibi", first in a soothing tone evocative of a lullaby, later soaring to a cry that is both anguished and exultant. This sentiment of determination and healing echoes throughout the album.

It's rare for me to like an album the first time I hear it. I've always found comfort in familiarity; usually new songs have to "grow" on me. But it was love at first listen for This is War. It's the kind of music you can listen to with your eyes closed and see the sun rise; the kind of music you blast with the car's windows rolled down; the kind you sing along to with the enthusiasm of a fevered tent-revival disciple. This album gives you chills from its first notes.

As if it were even possible to do so, following the release of their platinum-selling second album, A Beautiful Lie, the talented men of 30 Seconds to Mars have continued to improve their musical aptitude, producing a more polished and innovative album than the previous two. (Note that I do NOT mean more "mainstream" - despite their producer Flood's experience with renowned bands such as U2, Depeche Mode, and The Smashing Pumpkins, they continue to admirably deviate from the flow of "pop" music.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Joshua S. Marbert on December 8, 2009
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I don't understand the negative response to the CD on this site. I understand that taste in music is a matter of preference, but I think it's an absolutely fantastic album. To another review, you asked why the whispering and choral vocals? The album is called This Is War. If that doesn't have an epic connotation, I don't know what does, and the group vocals are one of the most inspiring and moving contributions to a song you can add. The whispering has a similar feel. I looked on iTunes to see if the response to the album was the same, and there are currently 200 ratings, 169 of which are 5 stars, 18 are 4 stars, and only 13 are 3 stars or below. To each his own, but I would emphatically recommend that anyone on the fence about this album go ahead and buy it. It's well worth the money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Silverfox229 on December 8, 2009
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Being a person of 1960's vintage, it takes a bit to get me excited about new music.

But, this album being offered upon it's release for $[...] shows why Amazon does this - to introduce new music to new fans.

When I first saw the description, I almost didn't go to the "special deals" page. When I did, I was very impressed by the 30 second teasers, so I downloaded it at the $[...] special price.

Oh wow, did I get my money's worth. I am somewhat struck by what seems to me to be that it is a "concept" album - somewhat akin to Pink Floyd's several albums - not that some hit-worthy singles might not arise from this album. But it so "new" in its sound and yet pleasing to the ears - I cannot say enough about it.

I highly recommend this album and am planning on it as a stocking stuffer for my 11 year-old grandson as well.

Silverfox229
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J on December 8, 2009
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After an almost four and half year wait and a lengthy legal battle, 30 Seconds to Mars have finally released their third full-length album, "This Is War".

One thing is certain; 30STM have seemingly used every moment of those four and a half years to create this album. It's epic. It's full of anthems. It's just...BIG. It's clear that the band intended "This Is War" to be their magnum opus, their statement.

But does the album actually, you know, work?

Well, yes and no.

30 Seconds To Mars certainly accomplished their goal of making an epic. Song after song leaps out of the speakers and into the skies. There are soaring melodies, booming drums, pulsing synths, walls of guitars and armies of voices.

But that's also the album's main problem.

The same elements are used on essentially every song. The sound is exciting at first but quickly grows repetitive. A few epic tracks sprinkled throughout an album add fire and greatness, but if an album is made up of epic track after epic track after epic track it grows monotonous. That's exactly what happens here.

And, to be honest, it's extremely frustrating because MANY of the songs here are excellent. It's the presentation that is the problem, not the songs themselves. 'Night of the Hunter' is sexy and driving. 'Stranger In A Strange Land' is extremely musically interesting. 'Kings and Queens', 'Vox Populi', 'Hurricane', 'Alibi'...there's just a lot of strong material here. Sure there are a few duds, but for the most part the songs easily hold up. There's no denying Leto can effortlessly pump out songs that are just flat-out catchy. A lot of tracks here will have listeners reaching for the repeat button. Also, Leto's still got a great voice.
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Is Windows Media Play F&$%ing this up for you too?
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Dec 31, 2009 by Sidle |  See all 2 posts
Got it.
I'm curious, what do you mean by "using fans in every song"? I haven't listened to it much yet (just Kings & Queens on the radio, and This Is War in Dragon Age), so I'm not sure what to make of that...Just like I'm not sure what to make of the "2000 fan pictures as album... Read More
Dec 1, 2009 by John Buyer |  See all 4 posts
Awful
The two songs I've heard are brilliant. Yes, the fan singing can be distracting (thank God AFI only used it on a couple of tracks on their new album, after a while, you don't even notice it) and having it on every track is disappointing.....I was hoping they wouldn't do that. However, from... Read More
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