Fresh off the back of last weeks At the Drive-In reunion news, The Mars Volta have announced that their sixth studio album Noctourniquet will be released on March 27th.
The album, the bands first new release since Octahedron in 2009 will tell the story of a character inspired by the Superman villain Solomon Grundy and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus. The press release issued by the band describes “hypnotic melodies and borderline electro-ambient washes”. The track listing for Noctourniquet is as follows:
‘The Whip Hand’
‘Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound’
‘The Malkin Jewel’
‘Trinkets Pale of Moon’
‘Zed and Two Naughts’
“¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL” was the cryptic tweet posted by the Texas post-hardcore band earlier today.
Back in 2000, after the band had released their first major label LP ‘Relationship Of Command’ – I was lucky enough to witness the band live in the small confines of the Carling Premier Tent at the Reading Festival. To this date it is the greatest, most intense and physical live performance I have ever seen.
The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001 due to differences in the direction that the members wanted to take the band. Not wanting to be confined by the punk or hardcore genres, Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez started the more progressive The Mars Volta. Meanwhile, the remaining members — Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar — formed the band Sparta.
The extent of the reunion is not yet known, although singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala has also confirmed that a new The Mars Volta album will drop very soon as well.
Listen to “One Armed Scissor” here.