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The Mars Volta Return to NZ

Thursday 3 April 2008

Music fans rejoice - The Mars Volta are returning to New Zealand! They will play Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre this June 26.

The Mars Volta head back to New Zealand in support of their critically acclaimed fourth album The Bedlam in Goliath (out now through Universal Music) – arguably the band’s most accomplished to date.

Rolling Stone awarded the album four stars, heaping praise on Omar and Cedric: “But there is a great leap in the songwriting — closer to classic hard-rock force and melodic drama — that, in "Goliath," "Cavaletta" and the Holy City atmospheres of "Soothsayer," is even more jolting than the weirdness.”

But perhaps it was NME that described The Bedlam in Goliath most appropriately, as they named it “a grand catharsis from the forces of evil.”

On stage, The Mars Volta is a frenzied attack from start to finish. Epic and chaotic, they are an assault on the senses that only leaves you wanting more. A ‘science fact’ – according to those in the know – is that if The Mars Volta comes to your town for a show, you must be there, otherwise a little bit of your soul will die.

Their last tour - which saw them tour Australia in addition to New Zealand - was an exceptional experience for all involved. Following the tour, Australia’s Sunday Mail wrote of the band “ . . . there’s something compelling about the band’s tangible love for its craft which makes them an experience for the mind and body and the most exciting example of contemporary prog rock today.”

FasterLouder were nothing less than thrilled, raving “When the performance finally climaxed after an unrelenting two hour onslaught, and the band left the stage to roars of appreciation and approval, there was no need to demand an encore. There was nothing left to prove.”

With an ever-growing profile, there is no doubt tickets to The Mars Volta’s forthcoming show will be snapped up virtually instantaneously.