30 Seconds To Mars
-Rating: 3.5 Stars
Something that sounds straight from space itself. Has come crashing head first into planet Earth. An alien sound that could be none other then a band named 30 Seconds To Mars. 30 Seconds Mars combines nu-metal with new wave. Though, 30 has been called nu-metal, it certainly sounds nothing of the sort. More over it really does sound as if it came from some far off place in outer space. 30 seconds has been hailed as the next Pink Floyd and has been compared to David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. 30 seconds is a side project for actor Jared Leto (Panic Room, Requiem For A Dream). Jared is the lead singer for 30 seconds and along side him is his brother Shannon. When asked what 30 Seconds To Mars means Leto had this to say, “For us, the name 30 Seconds To Mars has little to do with space, the universe or anything like that. It is a name that works on several different levels. Most importantly, it is a good representation of our sound. It's a phrase that is lyrical, suggestive, cinematic, and filled with immediacy. It has some sense of otherness to it. The concept of space is so overwhelming and all encompassing I doubt there is a song written that doesn't fall within it.” 30 seconds has recently finished a US tour with Puddle of Mudd and is currently back on tour.
This August 30 Seconds To Mars saw their debut album hit store shelves. The album has been self-titled. The album was released on Immortal/Virgin records and produced by Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Kiss).
The song Capricorn is a pretty good song. It gives me a good sense as to what 30 seconds is all about. It’s an interesting fusion of nu-metal, techno, new wave, synthetics, and hints of popish undertone. There are some good samples and sounds I haven’t heard before. The lyrics are great! They aren’t of the same stereotypical nu-metal angst. However, 30 seconds does sound as though it is just following a trend while trying to have an edge and be different. All in all it is a band worth a look. If you are interested in 30 Seconds To Mars then visit the official 30 Seconds To Mars website.