The Mars Volta - The Bedlam In Goliath
Label: Universal Records
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Red/Black Half And Half
Gatefold double LP.
Vinyl, Shape, Single Sided, Picture Disc, Limited Edition
Released: 10 Jun 2008
Genre: Funk / Soul, Jazz, Latin, Rock
Style: Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic, Prog Rock
A1 Aberinkula 5:45
A2 Metatron 8:12
A3 Ilyena 5:36
B1 Wax Simulacra 2:39
B2 Goliath 7:15
B3 Tourniquet Man 2:38
B4 Cavalettas 9:32
C1 Agadez 6:44
C2 Askepios 5:11
C3 Ouroborous 6:36
Arranged By – Nathaniel Tookey
D2 Conjugal Burns 6:36
10" Pic Disc
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Mastered By – Howie Weinberg
Mixed By – Rich Costey
Mixed By [Assistant] – Charlie Stavish
Music By, Arranged By, Directed By – Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Performer [Group Member] – Adrián Terraraz-Gonzáles, Cedric Bixler Zavala, Isaiah Ikey Owens, John Frusciante, Juan Alderete De La Peña, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Pablo Hinojos-Gonzalez, Thomas Pridgen
Recorded By – Isaiah Abolin, Lars Stalfors, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Robert Carranza
Vocals, Lyrics By – Cedric Bixler Zavala
Written-By – Mars Volta, The
"The Bedlam in Goliath" is The Mars Volta's fourth long player and is based on the band's experiences with an Ouija board bought in Jerusalem.
The Mars Volta's brain-frying stuff has always left me cold and, while the latest material still has the full array of over-the-top instrumentation, bonkers lyrics and Cedric Bixler Zavala's soaring falsetto vocal cords, there are more than a few decent tunes.
"Aberinkula" surges out of the speakers with mock operatic choruses and frenetic percussion, creating a level of energy seldom reached again in the whole album.
"Wax Simulacra" is a song simultaneously taking off in several directions while failing to go anywhere remotely interesting.
And at more than eight minutes long, "Goliath" is grandiose and pleased with itself, foaming at the mouth with pseudo mysticism, seeking attention like a hyperactive child.
Insanely indulgent? Original and inspired?
At least you can never accuse The Mars Volta of lacking adventure. This is about as adventurous as it gets.
Highlights : "Aberinkula" and "Soothsayer".
A scouring soprano sax solo cuts across the songs’s midsection, and that vibe spreads throughout Bedlam, but so does the most pervasive melding of herky-jerk rhythms, post-punk speed, uber-funk bass, and chaotic riffage that you’re likely to find in rock & roll. If it’s Bedlam you want, you can’t miss here.
The Mars Volta - Aberinkula
The Mars Volta - Soothsayer
The Mars Volta - Wax Simulacra
Mars Volta - Mr. Muggs