The Mars Volta
‘Noctourniquet ’ (Warner Bros)
For 10 years they’ve been making Muse sound like The Script. Brilliantly, The Mars Volta aren’t losing volume or velocity. In fact, they’re growing even stranger. Sure, they continue to delve erratically into assorted mythological imagery, to rock like My Bloody Valentine-meltinga- monolith (‘Empty Vessels Make The Loudest Sound’) and to conjure time signatures from non-existent numbers, but there’s ‘The Malkin Jewel’’s trance burbles, The Orb-like ‘In Absentia’ and ‘Vedamalady’’s glitchtronic edge, too. Their narratives have been stronger before, but ‘Noctourniquet’ remains abject absurdity masquerading as sexy heroism.