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The Mars Volta has garnished a big buzz as of late, thanks mostly to some of the member's previous project, the now defunct but legendarily explosive At The Drive In. While the five tracks on the sampler do not retread common ground, much to many's dismay, they instead open a new world of exploration in the vast land of rock 'n' roll. From the opener "This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed", complete with a subtle vibrato groove and a lounge act feel that goes haywire as the chorus hits, a tumultuous and exhilarating ride has commenced. And it stays that way throughout the course of the five tracks, as the band seems creatively boundless, implementing everything possible to enchant the listener without reaching sonic overkill. This sample is indicative that The Mars Volta will make a huge impact on the rock landscape, as the majesty and aesthetic beauty of its music should catapult this group into the stratosphere in record time.
- Mike SOS