If you're a fan of The Mars Volta, or just curious because their new album is yet again going to feature quite a lot of John's guitar playing, you can stream the whole thing on their Myspace page. Yes, that's right, the whole of Octahedron is available for a sneak preview.
For everyone who's not good with dates, it's out in Germany tomorrow, in UK on Monday, in USA on Tuesday and you should probably check with your local distributors if you live someplace else, as these things may vary from country to country.
The first review has arrived as well. Chris Jefferies of InTheNews says:
Octahedron is the most approachable record that the band has produced since their 2003 debut De-Loused In The Comatorium, and their restraint has resulted in a fulfilling and highly colourful listen.
Also, in this quick reminder/introdiction, he touches the subject of the band's regular contributor:
It's hard to know where to start trying to explain the Mars Volta, but that's partly the point of this sprawling prog-rock monolith. The brainchild of former At The Drive-In members Omar Rodriguez Lopez (guitar and producer) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (vocals and lyrics), the Mars Volta have consistently proved themselves to be one of the most enigmatic bands of the 21st century, producing labyrinthine records held together by epic concepts. For example, 2008's The Bedlam in Goliath was about finding a Ouija Board and burying it in the desert. Eight-minute tracks are more of a norm than an exception and several mind-bending solos from Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante are thrown in for good measure.
Also, if you're ordering the album via iTunes, make sure you pre-order it, as you'll also get a bonus track: a live version of Cotopaxi. To preorder, click here.
Stay tuned as a guest review of Octahedron will be posted in the next couple of days, alongside all those that arrive via the feeds in the meantime!