The regularity (some would say relentlessness) with which Omar Rodr√≠guez-L√≥pez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, in their solo projects as well as the creative spearheads of The Mars Volta, churn out worthy and rarely dull records is a mixed blessing. Because despite The Mars Volta’s reputation as one of the world’s most thrilling live acts, it is hard to get that worked up about a new release from the prolific progsters. Rest assured: they haven’t lost any of their inventiveness, they only choose to mould it into a few more mellow units like the first 5 minutes of the splendid single ‘Since We’ve Been Wrong’. ‘Octahedron’, while never deliberately obtuse, still proves that this band have few peers when it comes to going apeshit artfully.

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