Those expecting another jolt of the Mars Volta's patented prog- metal-jazz-fusion are likely to be bemused, if not downright disappointed, by the band's relatively restrained…
Music Review

Octahedron

Those expecting another jolt of the Mars Volta's
 patented prog-
metal-jazz-fusion are likely to be
 bemused, if not downright disappointed, by the band's relatively restrained new album.
 Octahedron is rife with hushed passages, acoustic filigrees, and dreamy vocals that herald either a radical retooling or, more likely, a period of transition for these experimentalists. But fans needn't feel too bummed: The lyrics remain as arcane as ever. Even if you don't totally love the band's new direction, you can bet there's a juicy pretentious concept waiting to
 be rooted out here. B–

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Originally posted Jun 16, 2009 Published in issue #1053-1054 Jun 26, 2009 Order article reprints