History Music / TheMarsVolta

19th Jun '16 10:56:18 PM gewunomox
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* UncommonTime: As they're a ProgRock group, appearances of this trope in their work are pretty much mandatory. For example, on ''The Bedlam in Goliath'', "Metatron" (5/4), "Wax Simulacra" (11/8 or [6+ 5]/8), and "Cavalettas" (11/8 or [5+ 6]/8) are a few examples, but there are usually at least a few per album.

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* UncommonTime: As they're a ProgRock ProgressiveRock group, appearances of this trope in their work are pretty much mandatory. For example, on ''The Bedlam in Goliath'', "Metatron" (5/4), "Wax Simulacra" (11/8 or [6+ 5]/8), and "Cavalettas" (11/8 or [5+ 6]/8) are a few examples, but there are usually at least a few per album.
18th Jun '16 1:35:47 AM gewunomox
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* [[StageNames Flea]] of the RedHotChiliPeppers: Bass, Trumpet

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* [[StageNames Flea]] of the RedHotChiliPeppers: Music/RedHotChiliPeppers: Bass, Trumpet
18th Apr '16 7:22:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* AlbumIntroTrack: ''Deloused in the Comatorium'' has "Son et Lumiere."
* ArcNumber: The number 25 is used a lot in Frances the Mute, namely in the song Cassandra Gemini. It's used in the lyrics, and around 10 minutes in you can hear it spoken ''very'' quietly.

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* AlbumIntroTrack: ''Deloused ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'' has "Son et Lumiere.lumiere."
* ArcNumber: The number 25 is used a lot in Frances ''Frances the Mute, Mute'', namely in the song Cassandra Gemini."Cassandra Gemini". It's used in the lyrics, and around 10 minutes in you can hear it spoken ''very'' quietly.
18th Apr '16 7:14:39 PM CassandraLeo
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the name Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López is dull-sounding.
* BerserkButton: Cedric tends to get vocal about his dislikes, like moshing, and cigarettes

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the name names Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López is are dull-sounding.
* BerserkButton: Cedric tends to get vocal about his dislikes, like moshing, and cigarettescigarettes.



* BookEnds: The "Sarcophagi" sections on ''Frances the Mute'' opens and closes the album; a whistling kettle in the first instance is also taken off the stove in the second.

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* BookEnds: The "Sarcophagi" sections on ''Frances the Mute'' opens open and closes close the album; a whistling kettle in the first instance is also taken off the stove in the second.



** ''The Bedlam In Goliath'': The lyrics are based on sayings and events that the band encountered while using an old ouija board they found in Jerusalem, and the string of unpleasant events that they thought were due to a curse from the board. Bixler-Zavala later said it was a commentary on how women are treated in Islamic countries.

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** ''The Bedlam In in Goliath'': The lyrics are based on sayings and events that the band encountered while using an old ouija board they found in Jerusalem, and the string of unpleasant events that they thought were due to a curse from the board. Bixler-Zavala later said it was a commentary on how women are treated in Islamic countries.



* CoverVersion: Six cover versions of songs by some of their favorite bands were recorded for use as bonus tracks on various versions of the Bedlam In Goliath release.

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* CoverVersion: Six cover versions of songs by some of their favorite bands were recorded for use as bonus tracks on various versions of the ''The Bedlam In Goliath release.in Goliath''.



* DroneOfDread: Used frequently on ''Frances the Mute'', notably in the intro to "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" and the unreleased title track.
* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music).

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* DroneOfDread: Used frequently on ''Frances the Mute'', notably in the intro to "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" and the unreleased title track.
track (which was released separately as a single).
* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music). A live version of one of these performances is available on ''Scabdates'', although it also has eight minutes of MindScrew-inducing ambience inserted into the middle for some reason.



** Most notably, however, is probably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AFXuoqwfeQ "Tourniquet Man"]]. Being the only quiet spot on the otherwise cacophonic ''The Bedlam In Goliath'', however, this was probably to be expected. Starting off slow but ominous, the vocals suddenly become horribly distorted halfway through, the backing synths slow down and slur, the drumming grows erratic, and the saxophone keeps on playing as if nothing had happened (though to be fair, Omar has a proud tradition of giving each musician their part and not letting them hear everyone else's part until the end of recording, so for all Adrian knew, nothing ''had'' happened).

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** Most notably, however, is probably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AFXuoqwfeQ "Tourniquet Man"]]. Being the only quiet spot on the otherwise cacophonic ''The Bedlam In in Goliath'', however, this was probably to be expected. Starting off slow but ominous, the vocals suddenly become horribly distorted halfway through, the backing synths slow down and slur, the drumming grows erratic, and the saxophone keeps on playing as if nothing had happened (though to be fair, Omar has a proud tradition of giving each musician their part and not letting them hear everyone else's part until the end of recording, so for all Adrian knew, nothing ''had'' happened).



* LoudnessWar: Every single album has clipping, which in many cases is audible. ''Noctourniquet'' was so bad that even the mastering engineer [[https://twitter.com/#!/hebakadryy/status/185105490387275777 criticised it]], claiming she was forced (by either the label or the band; it's not clear which) to master it that way. At least some of the vinyl editions also have clipping. Luckily there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity programs]] that can be used to [[http://fools-gold.org/forum/showthread.php?p=1574535#post1574535 remedy this]]. Overall, the albums with the worst mastering are ''De-Loused'' (no surprise there as it was a Rick Rubin production) and ''Noctourniquet'', but none of them are mastered well.

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* LoudnessWar: Every single album has clipping, which in many cases is audible. ''Noctourniquet'' was so bad that even the mastering engineer [[https://twitter.com/#!/hebakadryy/status/185105490387275777 criticised it]], claiming she was forced (by either the label or the band; it's not clear which) to master it that way. At least some of the vinyl editions also have clipping. Luckily there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity programs]] that can be used to [[http://fools-gold.org/forum/showthread.php?p=1574535#post1574535 remedy this]]. Overall, the albums with the worst mastering are ''De-Loused'' (no surprise there as it was a Rick Rubin production) and ''Noctourniquet'', while ''Octahedron'' is less terrible about this than the others, but none of them are mastered well.



* SurrealHorror

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* SurrealHorrorSurrealHorror: The band's music is frequently both surreal and terrifying. Their lyrics also often incorporate this.



'''And with every body that I find, and with every claymore that they mine, i wonít forget who Iím looking for, [[VoiceOfTheLegion OH MOTHER HELP ME IM LOOKING FOR!]]'''

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'''And with every body that I find, and with every claymore Claymore that they mine, i I wonít forget who Iím looking for, [[VoiceOfTheLegion OH MOTHER HELP ME IM IíM LOOKING FOR!]]'''
12th Apr '16 9:28:39 PM IuraCivium
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** "Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus" from ''Frances the Mute'' features a 6/8 intro, a 4/4 main setcion, a guitar solo and buildup in '''29/16''', followed by an explosive outro in 10/4.

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** "Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus" from ''Frances the Mute'' features a 6/8 intro, a 4/4 main setcion, section, a guitar solo and buildup in '''29/16''', followed by an explosive outro in 10/4.



'''And with every body that I find, and with every claymore that they mine, i wonít forget who Iím looking for, [[VoiceOfTheLegion OH MOTHER HELP ME IM LOOKING FOR!]]'''

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'''And with every body that I find, and with every claymore that they mine, i wonít forget who Iím looking for, [[VoiceOfTheLegion OH MOTHER HELP ME IM LOOKING FOR!]]'''
21st Jan '16 12:11:35 PM CassandraLeo
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* John Frusciante: guitar

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* John Frusciante: Music/JohnFrusciante: guitar


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* 2005 - ''Scabdates'' (LiveAlbum)
3rd Jan '16 9:37:33 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Cedric (during the 09/13/2004 show):''' Hey, listen, man, if you guys came to see us, don't throw shit on the stage. Someone over there, one of you assholes, whoever threw it - I know youíre not all assholes - I mean, what the fuck were you thinking? When I go see my favorite band, Iím not gonna throw shit at them. You go do that at, like, ThreeDoorsDown or fuckiní LimpBizkit. I bet you guys are the ones who drive really bad too.

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-->'''Cedric (during the 09/13/2004 show):''' Hey, listen, man, if you guys came to see us, don't throw shit on the stage. Someone over there, one of you assholes, whoever threw it - I know youíre not all assholes - I mean, what the fuck were you thinking? When I go see my favorite band, Iím not gonna throw shit at them. You go do that at, like, ThreeDoorsDown Music/ThreeDoorsDown or fuckiní LimpBizkit.Music/LimpBizkit. I bet you guys are the ones who drive really bad too.
6th Dec '15 8:46:52 AM CassandraLeo
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** The story of ''The Bedlam in Goliath'' is inspired by trouble the band experienced during the recording sessions of the album after they started using a ouija board.
6th Dec '15 8:43:38 AM CassandraLeo
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Cerpin Taxt is based on a real-life friend of the band, Julio Venegas. [[spoiler:Because Venegas committed suicide, so does Taxt.]]
** The story of ''Frances the Mute'' is apparently inspired by a diary the band's late sound engineer, Jeremy Michael Ward, found while working as a repo man.
** "Concertina" is another example, discussed under TakeThat.
** As mentioned above under ConceptAlbum, one of the songs on ''Octahedron'' was a response to the Republicans' victory in the 2010 Congressional elections.


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* TakeThat: "Concertina" is rumoured to be a brutal attack on former Music/AtTheDriveIn member Ben Rodriguez, whom Omar and Cedric are on record as considering to be [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] and held as responsible for tormenting Julio Venegas to the point of his [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].
6th Dec '15 1:24:37 AM CassandraLeo
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* CallBack and CallForward: "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" features the phrase "It's not over 'til the tremulant sings", while "Eunuch Provocateur" contains the phrase "De-loused in the comatorium".
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