The Mars Volta is currently sending out a second advance track from its forthcoming sixth album Noctourniquet (out March 27 on Warner Bros. Records) to those who have pre-ordered the record from themarsvolta.com.
All Noctourniquet pre-orders, past and future, will now receive album closer “Zed and Two Naughts” in addition to the already delivered first single “The Malkin Jewel.”
“Zed and Two Naughts” will also be available as an a la carte download on iTunes beginning March 6, along with the previously available “The Malkin Jewel.”
“Zed and Two Naughts” and “The Malkin Jewel” showcase dramatically varied and contrasting extremes of a 13-track album that explores territories previously uncharted in The Mars Volta’s acclaimed and uncompromising discography. The spectrum of musical and emotional textures on Noctourniquet ranges from the opening bombast of “The Whip Hand” to “Zed and Two Naughts” grand finale, punctuated throughout by hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes, most notably in the epic “In Absentia.” The bold diversity of the new material combined with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s assured producer’s hand guiding The Mars Volta’s most confident and refined performances to date make Noctourniquet an early contender for this year’s most challenging and rewarding listen.
As with previous Mars Volta albums, including the gold-certified De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances The Muteand The Bedlam In Goliath (which featured Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy winner “Wax Simulacra”), Noctourniquet was written by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and produced by Rodriguez-Lopez.
Noctourniquet was performed by The Mars Volta lineup of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, and Deantoni Parks.
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