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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?

It may not seem like it, but it’s now over five years since the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their last album, Stadium Arcadium. Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun and it would be hard to suggest that the lack of new material from the Chilis has been sorely missed. Stadium Arcadium was just too much at the time. There were plenty of quality songs, especially the enthralling “Dani California”, but there was over two hours of material to dissect the brilliance from the mediocrity.

It’s a shame but the Red Hot Chili Peppers now seem to take five years between every album. It would be great to see such a talented band release music on a more frequent basis, but I guess when you’ve been together for nearly thirty years and have had countless mega-hits you can really do whatever you want. That said, the Peppers are back with I’m With You, the group’s tenth studio record and first with brand new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, replacing the again departed John Frusciante.

Disturbed’s latest record Asylum is proving to have some real longevity. Even though it was released all the way back in August 2010, the record is still going strong with a fourth single titled “Warrior” recently released. It’s hard to believe, but Disturbed is already onto its fifth record now and Asylum has been to date, very well received by fans and critics.