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Noctourniquet by The Mars Volta
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Warner Bros.
The eccentric prog-rockers open their sixth album with disjointed rhythms, guitar buzz intense enough to ignite an electric chair and Cedric Bixler-Zavala howling, "I am a landmine, so don't you step on me!" From there, electronic clamor, Omar Rodríguez-López's sizzling guitar, and new drummer Deantoni Parks' militaristic plods and machine-gun blasts spin like a manic merry-go-round thrown into a tornado. "The Malkin Jewel" showcases Rodríguez-López's reggae inclinations, but it may be the creep of slower grooves like "Aegis" and "Trinkets Pale of Moon" that truly makes your hair stand on end.
Stephanie Benson