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The Mars Volta Perform Three New Songs from New "Future Punk" Album


BY LAUREN WISE


After a two-year break, The Mars Volta has wrapped up their sixth studio album, the follow-up to 2009's Octahedron. Yet-to-be-titled, the album is slated for release in 2012. But don't worry, we wouldn't leave you hanging out there without a little taste.

Songs from the album recently hit You Tube, featuring the band in Europe. And apparently, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala isn't opting for mystery, either. Well...no more than Mars Volta tunes usually do, anyway.

It looks like the El Paso-based band -- known for their 30-minute songs, organ grinds, Spanish influences, and Zeppelinesque rants -- is shying away from their standards with this. According to front-man Cedric Bixler-Zavala's YouTube channel, the upcoming album is "future punk. That's the only way to describe it."

Take a listen:


"I'm Not Running Away," formerly "Aegis"


"Trinkets Pale the Moon"


"Walk the Plank," formerly "Molochwalk"

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.