The Mars Volta: Octahedron


The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta's fifth studio album, Octahedron, will be released June 23 by Warner Bros. Records. The record will be preceded by its first single, "Since We've Been Wrong."

Octahedron follows up last year's The Bedlam In Goliath (read the review here), which featured "Wax Simulacra," the track that took "Best Hard Rock Performance" honors at the recent 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

Octahedron was written by The Mars Volta - Omar Rodriguez Lopez (music, arrangements, direction) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (vocals, lyrics) - and performed by The Mars Volta group: Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, Thomas Pridgen, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Isaiah Ikey Owens, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez.

Hailed by The New Yorker as "perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label," The Mars Volta formed in 2001. The band's recorded output includes the 2003 debut full length De-Loused In The Comatorium, as well as Frances The Mute (2005), Amputechture (2006) and the previously mentioned The Bedlam In Goliath (2008).

The Mars Volta is confirmed to appear at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester TN and the second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. Further U.S. dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Octahedron track list
1. Since We've Been Wrong
2. Teflon
3. Halo of Nembutals
4. With Twilight as My Guide
5. Cotopaxi
6. Desperate Graves
7. Copernicus
8. Luciforms

Check out 2008's Bedlam for more spark to this fire:

[Published on: 4/14/09]

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gavinsthehydro420 Tue 4/14/2009 09:44AM
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Benjamin Human Tue 4/14/2009 09:50AM
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RichardHaley Tue 4/14/2009 09:50AM
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^interesting, and like anything - this is clearly all opinion - but man, my opinion is that The Mars Volta are the single most viscous live band on the planet. Every time i see them my head is split open. I didn't know ATDI played Voodoo - must have been in the 90s... but man, Volta destroy it, and each album is amazing - i've listened to each album well over 50 times and i still find new stuff inside it every time.. anyway, to each their own - but give me more volta all the time.... the most psychedelic, exploratory, mean band I’ve ever seen.

djschusta Tue 4/14/2009 09:54AM
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I have to agree that the Volta is amazing and as long as the venue has good sound, their live show is incredible. However, I do think their studio albums get progressively less awesome

BRabbit Tue 4/14/2009 09:58AM
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crazyleggedelbow starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 09:58AM
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^^ thats funny cuz My opinion differs slightly from yours.....

these dudes are off the hook. they're my favorite living musical entity next to Primus. I've been hooked for the last 5 years. i've seen em 12 times and they put on the best live show out there. they twist your head around and make it cave in on itself. i've experienced those "moments" that Phil Lesh calls "magic" when I'm at a Mars Volta show. this shit is pure insanity mixed with beautifully orchestrated musical-chaos. these are some of the hardest working motherfuckers in music. not to mention, now with Thomas Pridgen on drums, he's turned them into a fucking MONSTER. you either get it or you don't. I'll see you guys at Roo.

BRabbit Tue 4/14/2009 09:59AM
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shechter.g starstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 10:08AM
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I can't wrap my head around these guys... I love live music, usually the more experimental the better, but the only time I saw them was when they opened for the chili peppers at the Boston Gardern and they sucked. Even people who love them said they sucked that night. So I guess I can't judge by that performance. Everyone says they're amazing live but since the only live performance I saw wasn't good, and I can't really get into they're studio stuff I don't know what to think?!? Guess ill check em' out when I go to Bonnaroo and hope for the best.

GeorgieP Tue 4/14/2009 10:10AM
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I'm gonna have to agree with bnaylor to some extent, b/c I also can't get into it. When they're just jamming out, it sounds fantastic, but then the vocals kick in and everything suddenly sounds like a combination of pots and pans clattering on the ground and fingernails on a chalkboard. I'm not trying to be a hater cause I'm anything but and truth be told, I've only heard The Bedlam in Goliath so maybe what I've heard isn't really representative of their sound. If that's the case, someone point me in the right direction because I would really like to get into these guys before Bonnaroo rolls around. Buuuut if they're competing with moe. for late night Roo, then I guess it won't really matter. I will say one thing though...their guitarist can absolutely rip.

BRabbit Tue 4/14/2009 10:13AM
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crazyleggedelbow Tue 4/14/2009 10:19AM
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^well you know that's just like, your opinion, man.

crazyleggedelbow Tue 4/14/2009 10:24AM
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pimpmcgeorge download Frances The Mute or Deloused In The Comatorium. their first two albums are most hardcore fans favorites.

Bedlam in Goliath was their first album with their new drummer. I loved the album anyway, but you gotta give these dudes a chance... it takes patience.

GeorgieP Tue 4/14/2009 10:36AM
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^ Thanks, bud. I'll check those out.

Ointment starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 10:41AM
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"the most psychedelic, exploratory, mean band I’ve ever seen." I couldn't have said it better myself haley. They sucked opening for the peppers because Pridgen joined them halfway through their tour and didn't know how to play all their shit yet. Now, they will blow your mind. Pridgen is a machine and Omar is God. I would easily sacrifice both phish shows to see these guys at bonnaroo.

geyser starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 10:42AM
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Good. I hope more people don't understand or like them. They are not a fad. This is music that will stand the test of time. I can't wait for this album. I also think the progression from album to album has been great. Each album has some really strong songs and can been seen in their full glory played live. In the live setting, they blow away most jam, jazz, rock, punk and metal bands. The improvisation, creativity and sheer energy they convey is awe-inspiring.

RichardHaley Tue 4/14/2009 10:44AM
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^like the man said - it takes patience - and it really does. This is not "easy" music, it's very challenging. but like all things that we work for - the payoff is HUGE. And like the other man said - i'd take one volta show over 5 phish (and yes, i've seen phish plenty of times - if we want to play that game - about 80 - and i'm over it), i need something new, something exciting, something that is pushing boundaries, not trying to regain the glory... i'm still down to see some phish, don't get me wrong, but way more excited for more volta in my dome.

crazyleggedelbow Tue 4/14/2009 11:49AM
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all these positve comments about volta on Jambase make me proud.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 01:14PM
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Conjugal Burning

Volta above all else at Roo... really the main reason I went in '05, and '09 is the same story. Bring on 'Octahedron,' I am itching for it!! Cant wait for June!!

djschusta Tue 4/14/2009 01:27PM
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Conjugal - how amazing was that late night '05 roo set? Amazing time. Many people went to check them out and just cleared out after the 1st song. I moved from way back all the way up front. I am perfectly content with others not digging them, I don't need to try and convince them. I understand it's not for everyone.. I definitely love 'em. I appreciate the evolution of their sound even if I prefer deloused and frances; but I don't take back that the last two don't do it as much for me as deloused and frances.

bigairdare Tue 4/14/2009 01:45PM
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I thought i read in an interview w/omar- when Bedlam in Galiath was realesed- that the next album (that was pretty much already done at that time) was going to be more of an 'acoustic' or softer type album? Did anyone else read that? Either way, I'm a big fan of these rippers- but many of my friends don't get it.

Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 02:19PM
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Detroit Funk

Omar and cedric are awesome. at the drive in was good, but mars volta is on another level. they were good when i saw them live. I have heard some bad recordings though.

vida421 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 03:09PM
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Phish was the best live act out there....12 years ago!

vida421 Tue 4/14/2009 03:10PM
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just to be clearer.....92 to 97....of course i do have tix for this summer...but i assure you, they ain't what they used to be...

lovemusical Tue 4/14/2009 04:49PM
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"Francis The Mute" and "Deloused" are modern masterpieces. Their live act is an acquired taste. Some people love it, some people can't stand it. Neither is right or wrong. I will say, that I've seen them a few times, one of those being an opening act for the Chilli Peppers. Their show was pretty weak in my view, and very few people were in to it (obviously a mainstream crowd there to see the Peppers). But then came the encore when Anthony left the stage and Volta came on and jammed with John, Flea and Chad for about 20 minutes. It was one of the sickest jams I have ever seen, and I will always remember it.

mattland Tue 4/14/2009 05:13PM
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Dammit, Phish, leave the Volta thread alone! Curse you, Phish, why do you haunt me?!!??!

Melissa Hatchet Tue 4/14/2009 05:52PM
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None of your flaccid hippie jambands touch the raw power that is The Mars Volta. There's nothing these guys don't use for source material, well one thing hippie rock.

maddmax9 Tue 4/14/2009 06:39PM
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Yes, once these guys start up again its an all out assault. Bonnaroo + Mars Volta = face blown off

jahcalling Tue 4/14/2009 06:49PM
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their ep and first album were amazing. frances the mute had some good songs and cassandra gemini's 30 minutes is absolutely amazing. everything after that is absolutely horrible. i don't know what happened. i seen them a bunch in 02-04. i will not ever go again. at the drive in was awesome as well. seen them a bunch but my favorite was at the first unitarian church in philly with the get up kids. that must have been like 1998

chefpaul3 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 06:54PM
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The Volta, like most great experimental and jazz music, exist on the premise that they will not appeal to everyone. I don't disrespect people who dislike Volta, but I do think it's unnecessary to let us all know how you feel. These guys are one of the best bands around today. And, they came from one of the best bands of the '90s. On that note, no disrespect RichardHaley but I literally would give anything to have seen ATDI live. They are one of the most interesting alterntive bands of all time and the videos I've seen of their live shows look nothing less than sick.

UnceBegunce starstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:29PM
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I've seen these guys a few times live... I must say that they are better in the studio. I would not say that they are bad live but they are lacking a little bit (kind of like steely dan if you have ever seen them live). I must say that I really do miss Theodore... he is just an overall better drummer than Pridgen. Theodore has that in the pocket feel to his style, while Pridgen seems to be way too busy for the volta... and if you are too busy for the volta, you are too busy for any style of music!

phucker starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 01:07AM
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There are a handful of people (like 5) that swear by their old drummer. Get with it people their old drummer was a jerk and had problems. Thomas was the youngest drummer EVER to be sponsored by Zildjian and toured with Dennis Chambers doing drum clinics; this guy shreds EVERYONE!

So please go find Theodore and tell him how great he WAS, follow his new band and drop Volta. For you that don't get it or hate on em, please keep doing so, last thing I want is for this band to blow up and play stadiums!

jahcalling Wed 4/15/2009 10:23AM
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^^^^you obviously know absolutely nothing about drumming and/or their fanbase.

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Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 03:23PM
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Conjugal Burning

damn.... no Adrian? i guess it is good news for all the de-loused/frances heads out there, but I love the elements he brings to the jams. That said, VOLTAROO

UnceBegunce Wed 4/15/2009 05:15PM
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Phucker, Pridgen does not shred EVERYONE... he loves to just ram notes non stop. Rarely do you hear him settle back into the groove. He is a good drummer (he has some of the best chops around), but every good drummer knows his/her place. Look at Vinnie Colaiuta, arguably in the top 5, he knows how to lay back and let magic happen around him, and when it is his time he can bust out some notes. So if you want to hear constant note ramming go check out some drum corp. And I would do some research on drummers before you say that Pridgen shreds everyone, because that statement is just ignorant.

brooklynite84 Wed 4/15/2009 09:20PM
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gavinsthehydro - I was at Voodoo too, I don't know what kind of drugs you were on cause they were FREAKING AMAZING! And this was after I saw them at a very horrible, extremely cut-short set in AZ where Tix were $50 and they only played 1hr when they were supposed to play 2hrs and 15min. I was about to give up on this band, but once I saw them at Voodoo, I couldn't believe how amazing they played and sounded. I think that they are a hit or a miss with people, but they are definitely outstanding musicians who know how to jam and keep that Psychedelia/Progressive sound on top. I can't wait to see them again at the Roo!

jkuss80 starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/20/2009 03:24PM
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Volta rules. I saw them exactly a year ago today (4/20/08) in Chicago and the last Bonnaroo show. Both were fantastic. Pridgen is fantastic but so was John Theodore. His new band "One Day As A Lion" with Zach De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine is super cool as well. I agree that TMV arent the same anymore. I love them live but they just cant match DeLoused on record. See everybody at ROO!!!!

BigKSoda Wed 5/13/2009 02:47PM
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Uncle Begunce,

You've obviously not listened to Christian Scott's "Rewind That," an album on which Pridgen plays drums. He sits in the pocket quite often on that particular recording. I wouldn't classify Pridgen as a drummer who "rams notes non-stop." Of course, that's just coming from a guy who has listened to Pridgen on more than just TMV albums. Is he a bit busier than most drummers? Sure, but you're acting like he just overplays like a jack­ass, which isn't the case at all.

Mikey Mike starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/15/2009 03:00PM
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Mikey Mike

TMV is awesome. Best front man of our time, best lead guitarist/composer of our time. Can't wait for the new album!