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When talking about progressive rock, it doesn’t get any better than The Mars Volta. The band’s been around for over ten years now, but no one really started to give them ‘real’ mainstream attention until about a couple of years ago. Their sixth studio record Noctourniquet was released at the end of March and is the first to feature the group’s new drummer Deantoni Parks. Never ones to be afraid to challenge themselves or their listeners, it’s a concept record, inspired by the children’s nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus. How’s that for experimental?