Over four albums and years on the road, the Mars Volta has stubbornly stuck with their game plan that emphasizes a frantic and relentless sonic attack. The prog-rockers’ stubbornness pays off on their new album, “The Bedlam In Goliath,” which is their most consistent assault on listeners’ senses.
When Tom Petty crooned about all the milestones achieved by a one-hit wonder in his early ’90s single, “Into The Great Wide Open,” he probably didn’t think “rock the Super Bowl” would ever be one of the must-have markers on the road to rock ‘n’ roll greatness. During Super Bowl XLII, Petty will be doing just that.
Canadian heavy-rockers Black Mountain obviously know well the lessons doled out by ’70s rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. But while the group’s latest album clearly pays tribute to their musical forefathers, their new songs make plain the band has learned from them more than just how to recreate the past.