Amputechture - The Mars Volta
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  • Summary: Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante guests on the prog-rock band's third studio disc, which features eight tracks clocking in at an epic total of 76 minutes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. This early-Roxy-Music-meets-late Led-Zep-style third studio album finds the band stepping back from total impenetrability with a pithy, eight-song, 76-minute set, guaranteed to restore the faith of those whose confidence in this grand enterprise was waning.
  2. 80
    It’s epic, mercurial, high-impact progressive rock that moves like a whirlwind.
  3. You'd think these guys would've overheated by now, but they still love channeling chaos into one long river of song. [15 Sep 2006, p.77]
  4. 60
    As over the top as all this can be, Amputechture has little of the thrash influence that's made modern prog so deadening, and the impenetrable lyrics... are easily overlooked. [Sep 2006, p.104]
  5. All Amputechture does is test patience. [Oct 2006, p.200]
  6. It seems to prove a cardinal rule about art and ambition; if you paint in too many colors, you end up with mud brown. The Mars Volta could fill up whole galleries with canvases this color, and with Amputechture, have constructed another monochromatic monument to wild, uninhibited excess.
  7. Maddeningly diffuse at best, and an engorged sonic clusterfuck at worst.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 81
  2. Negative: 10 out of 81
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    Although it may not come together like Frances or De-Loused, the moments where TMV is at their most progressive (Tetragrammaton, Baphomets, Viscera) are some of the best songs that have ever graced my ears. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2010
    THis is without question The Mars Voltas most hated on album but it is still a classic. A couple low points on the album but on the whole this is another work of art from an extremely talented, thoughtful and forward thinking band. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2010
    Amputechture takes a step back from De-loused and Frances The Mute, with smoother melodies and more epic guitar pieces. "Vicarious Atonement", the opening track for the album, is such a smooth song and rolls perfectly before the seventeen minute epic "Tetragrammaton". "Asilos Magdalena" is an acoustic song all sung in Spanish and it really shows how beautiful Cedric Bixler's voice is. His voice is a lot more matured in this album than its previous albums. All In All, Amputechture is yet another great album from The Mars Volta. B+ Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    This is the mars Volta's only misstep in their career and it's not even that bad. The main issue with this album is the sudden changes which grate horribly on the ears and make it challenging to listen to. Day of the baphomets, Tetragrammaton, viscera eyes and vicarious atonement are fantastic where the other songs never truly take off. Expand
  5. j30
    Dec 1, 2011
    This roller coaster ride of a third disc disc, from the Mars Volta, is hard to look away from, but nearly crumbles under it's own ambitions.

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