Eliot Lee Hazel
Kyle Anderson
March 30, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Noctourniquet

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
11442
genre
Rock

We gave it a B+

Prog-rock has always had a coolness problem. For every killer lick like Rush’s ”Tom Sawyer,” there are countless bits of solo wankery and unnecessary rhythmic shifts. The Mars Volta recognize this, which is why 2009’s Octahedron found them sanding down some of their rougher edges in favor of smoother songcraft. Their newest includes surprisingly sweet harmonies (”Lapochka”) and dynamic choruses (”Dyslexicon”). But that’s not to say they’ve gone pop — Noctourniquet still packs enough sonic buzz saws to liquefy an ox. B+

Best Tracks:
Trippy In Absentia
Surging Dyslexicon

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