So I loved, loved, loved The Mars Volta’s first album De-loused in the Comatorium when it came out. I then went to see the band that summer on a sweltering hot, 95 degree day at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit and the experience was nothing short of cathartic. The band was on fire, and with a few hundred sweaty, hot people absolutely loving the music it all felt like a big family.

Then came Frances The Mute. Except for a couple of songs… uh, what?  The album was too ambitious, full of extended, extended prog jams that went nowhere fast. I gave the band another shot, going to see them live at the much-bigger State Theater, and boy did that show suck. “Snooze factory” would be a colossal understatement.

I tried again with last year’s Amputechture. Yawn.

So apparently they have a new album coming out, The Bedlam in Goliath, due January 29, 2008. I’m not getting my hopes up, but the first single is pretty cool and the video, below, is somewhat clever. Maybe the album will be alright?


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