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  • Summary: The Jared Leto-led rock band releases its third album produced with Flood and Steve Lillywhite.

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This Is War
A warning to the people, the good and the evil This is war To the soldier, the civilian, the martyr, the victim This is war It's the moment of truth... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 21, 2016
    90
    This Is War is passionate, rousing and astonishingly focused.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    Even with these late-in-the-game flubs This Is War still shines as an artistic triumph for 30 Seconds To Mars. [Jan 2010, p.91]
  3. 67
    On the unashamedly epic This Is War, Leto doesn't just shoot for the moon, he practically colonizes it.
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    And while there's no escaping the notion This Is War would be easier to love could Leto decide whether he wanted to be in U2, Linkin park, or Marillion, one can't help but admire his style. [Jan 2010, p. 117]
  5. Produced for the most part by U2 collaborator Flood, the new album rarely operates at anything less than a frenzied fever pitch, with thundering percussion grooves, Leto's top-of-the-lungs yowl and wave after wave of Edge-style guitar theatrics.
  6. Full of schlocky neo-grunge howls; trite, faux-rebellious, lyrics ("from the right to the left, we will fight to the death"); and dull stadium production from Flood and Steve Lillywhite, there's little artfulness among the ­frequent ­references to a vague burgeoning conflict.
  7. Everything about this album smacks of contrivance and careful planning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    10
    30 seconds to mars' first album was awesome but very lost, however this album sucks and what makes it worse is that everybody likes it. asldfk30 seconds to mars' first album was awesome but very lost, however this album sucks and what makes it worse is that everybody likes it. asldfk lksajdf lasdfk ladsfkj asldfj Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    Score = % of liked (+) songs = 12/12 = 100%

    1 Escape + 2 Night Of The Hunter + 3 Kings And Queens + 4 This Is War + 5 100 Suns + 6
    Score = % of liked (+) songs = 12/12 = 100%

    1 Escape +
    2 Night Of The Hunter +
    3 Kings And Queens +
    4 This Is War +
    5 100 Suns +
    6 Hurricane +
    7 Closer To The Edge +
    8 Vox Populi +
    9 Search And Destroy +
    10 Alibi +
    11 Strager In A Strange Land +
    12 L490 +
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  3. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    I love those albums you can listen to over and over and never get tired of them and this is one of them. The lyrics leave you breathless andI love those albums you can listen to over and over and never get tired of them and this is one of them. The lyrics leave you breathless and the beat keeps you rockin! One of my top five favorite CDs! Check it out it is worth the time!!!! Expand
  4. EmmaG
    Jan 8, 2010
    9
    This is War is a unique album, and 30 Seconds to Mars actually pulls it off. They won't just let themselves get lost in the mainstream, This is War is a unique album, and 30 Seconds to Mars actually pulls it off. They won't just let themselves get lost in the mainstream, and I like that. They did a great job on this album. Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    8
    A wonderful album from 30 Seconds To Mars, well-produced with great songs. The only problem is that some songs are a bit monotonous,A wonderful album from 30 Seconds To Mars, well-produced with great songs. The only problem is that some songs are a bit monotonous, especially some of the last three ones. In general, it is another great job from 30 Seconds To Mars after their first two albums. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2018
    7
    Um álbum muito bem produzido de 30 Seconds To Mars com grandes canções. O único problema é que algumas músicas são um pouco monótonas,Um álbum muito bem produzido de 30 Seconds To Mars com grandes canções. O único problema é que algumas músicas são um pouco monótonas, especialmente as últimas três. Em geral, é uma boa continuação do trabalho da banda. Expand
  7. DeclanM
    Dec 22, 2009
    0
    Pompous rubbish this band wouldn't have a record label only for hte lead singer they might as well be any formula pop band.

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