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The Mars Volta: Amputechture

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The third album, Amputechture, by prog-rockers The Mars Volta arrived within a year of their last release, Frances the Mute. Amputechture showcases the bands ability to grow both in members and sound. Those die hard fans who are drooling over the odd time signatures and furious changes that have become a staple of the bands sound might be disappointed. This a little more relaxed and melodic then their previous releases, but The Mars Volta still bring art rock to leave people guessing how a guitar solo can sound so sloppy but genius at the same time. Although it might not pack as much of a punk rock punch as the last two records, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez guitar still screams, Cedric Bixler-Zavala's vocals still wail, and the drummer still grows two more arms to assist in those fast drum fills. One of the most notable changes in sound is the horn section moves from background melodies to jazzy solos that would make Miles Davis proud. The Spanish language "Asilos Magdalena" is an acoustic ballad in the middle of the album that reminds you at the heart of the chaos and noise, The Mars Volta have amazing songwriting skills. The most intense song on the album, "Day Of The Baphomets," bounces all around between guitars, trumpets and a percussion solo that sounds like Santana on speed. The album itself is only eight-songs long, but does not stop the overall running time of the album from clocking in at 76 minutes. Another edition of the album includes printed lyrics so that you can pretend to know Spanish and sing along to what is turning out to be one of the better releases of 2006.