The Mars Volta returns with their new album, Noctourniquet, on March 27, 2012.
1. The Whip Hand
4. Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound
5. The Malkin Jewel
7. In Absentia
10. Trinkets Pale of Moon
13. Zed And Two Naughts
While Noctourniquet was, in typical Mars Volta fashion, written by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and produced by Rodriguez-Lopez, the 13-track album explores musical territories previously uncharted in the duo’s 20 or so years of creating music together. The spectrum of musical and emotional textures conceived and created by Rodriguez-Lopez ranges from the opening bombast of “The Whip Hand” to the menacing crawl of “The Malkin Jewel” punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes, most notably in the epic “In Absentia.” The bold diversity of the new material combined with Rodriguez-Lopez’s most confident and refined performances to date make Noctourniquet an early contender for this year’s most challenging and rewarding listen.
(From Warner Press Release)