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The Mars Volta Announce New Album, 'Noctourniquet'

New record will coincide with At the Drive-In reunion

January 17, 2012 1:00 PM ET
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Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta performs at the Festival Pier in Philadelphia.
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Prog rockers the Mars Volta have announced their sixth album, Noctourniquet, will hit stores on March 27th. The album, the band's first set of new songs since Octahedron was released in 2009, will tell the story of a character inspired by the Superman villain Solomon Grundy and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus. As with previous Mars Volta records, the music was composed by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, who also produced the set.

As of yet it is unclear how the emergence of a new Mars Volta album will fit into Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez's commitments to their previous band, At the Drive-In, who recently announced that they are reuniting after 11 years apart. So far At the Drive-In have only officially announced performances at the Coachella festival in April, though it is implied that the group will be playing other gigs through 2012.

The track listing for Noctourniquet is as follows:

"The Whip Hand"
"Aegis"
"Dyslexicon"
"Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound"
"The Malkin Jewel"
"Lapochka"
"In Absentia"
"Imago"
"Molochwalker"
"Trinkets Pale of Moon"
"Vedemalady"
"Noctourniquet"
"Zed and Two Naughts"

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