It takes a very special experience to cause one to redefine what is possible. If the legacy of The Mars Volta can be summed up in a word, it would epiphany. Throughout their career they have continually pushed the limits of musicality- making room for the most jarring dissonance, confusing time signatures, and all around strange ambiances.
In particular, “Bedlam in Goliath” is a wonderful achievement for their ability to transverse from the sedate to the bacchic several times throughout a single album. The diversity extends into the lyrics as well, which oscillate back and forth between surrealist landscapes to biblical allusions. Perhaps the best single representative of their work as a whole is the final track entitled “Conjugal Burns.” From a slightly mysterious introduction, the song ignites into an elevated tempo which finally culminates into a crescendo of unrelenting frenzy which incidentally makes little to no musical or rhetorical sense. In short, they masterfully intertwine both tightly calculated knowhow and explosively emotive power into their songwriting. At times, their work may be hard to follow but if you stick with it, The Mars Volta is sure to lead you someplace wonderful.
Check out the “Conjugal Burns” below and stay tuned for their new album (“Noctourniquet”) which debuts March 27th.