06. The Gyre
08. 6 Underground
Australia must have something in the water, because in the last decade we’ve seen a slew of amazing progressive/alternative rock bands unleash their sounds among the people. Dead Letter Circus, Cog, and The Butterfly Effect are among them, and now there’s a band that is gearing up to release their debut LP after releasing Apertures, a great EP that had a bunch going on, but featured a band that had an identity still hanging in the air. This band, Carthasy, have finally found the right track to their true self with The Gyre, 11 songs of catchy-as-hell alternative rock sure to make you bang your head while also singing aloud.
Today is a sad day indeed. The Mars Volta, creators of one of my all-time top ten albums, masterminds of avant-garde/prog rock/space rock/salsacore albums such as The Bedlam In Goliath and my favorite, Frances The Mute have broken up. Damn.
Frontman Cedric Bixlert Zavala announced the breakup via a series of tweets, including:
This sucks. I never had the chance to see them live, but I was hoping they would tour off their new album and that I could see them sometime. Now it looks like it’ll never happen. Such a shame that their relationship soured; they were a great musical pair, and made some of the most memorable rock I’ve ever heard. While their later albums may not have had the same intensity as their earlier records, they were definitely a band that did things differently and made it all work. So R.I.P. The Mars Volta. We’ll miss you.