Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
Release date
11 Sep 2006
Running length
8 tracks
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1 Vicarious Atonement 7:19 131,750
2 Tetragrammaton 16:41 129,915
3 Vermicide 4:15 130,614
4 Meccamputechture 11:02 117,226
5 Asilos Magdalena 6:34 126,958
6 Viscera Eyes 9:23 120,184
7 Day of the Baphomets 11:56 107,594
8 El Ciervo Vulnerado 8:50 95,252

About this album

Amputechture is the third full length studio album by The Mars Volta released on September 12, 2006. The album debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 59,000 copies in its opening week.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA, El Paso, TX and Melbourne, Australia in late 2005 and early 2006. It was produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and mixed by Rich Costey. Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante plays on all tracks apart from “Asilos Magdalena”.

Although most of Amputechture was newly recorded, the band also incorporated older material into some of the album’s tracks. “Viscera Eyes” evolved from a song originally written by Omar while in At the Drive-In. “Day of the Baphomets” uses lyrics and melody from “A Plague Upon Your Hissing”, an un-released song that was recorded for De-Loused in the Comatorium.

This album is the band’s first studio recording with former At the Drive-In bandmate Paul Hinojos and is also the last with drummer Jon Theodore.

Amputechture marks the first time The Mars Volta have created an album without a single unifying narrative. Also, in an MTV interview posted on July 25th, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said inspirations for the album were very diverse, ranging from the recent U.S. immigration marches to the news stories of possessed nuns. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has stated that the word “Amputechture” (a portmanteau of amputate) was coined by the late Jeremy Michael Ward.

Unlike The Mars Volta’s first two albums, Amputechture contains no original artwork; the background of each page in the album booklet is a section of Jeff Jordan’s “Big Mutant”.

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  • DrStrangeIove

    fuck how amazing

    27 Apr 1:20pm Reply
  • empowerdart

    their most underrated

    9 Jan 10:18am Reply
  • Poisonnation

    This album is as weird and mysterious as the artwork itself. Fuckin' love it.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    When I first bought this on the day it came out, I listened to nothing else for the next week. Still one of my all time favorite albums.

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • atwarwithdusk

    Yeah this album is fucking crazy without a doubt, but it holds up with Deloused and Frances easily.

    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Flynner11

    Definitely my favourite Volta record.

    31 Jan 2014 Reply
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    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Aarny

    Starting to REALLY get into this album. I mean more than before.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply

    I don't even care what anyone else thinks, this will forever be their best album in my eyes.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • boutboulman

    I remember when this first came out and a lot people were a bit "meh", "not the same as FTM"... And yeah, it's a bit different - the first one without a whole album concept story - but the songs on it are damn good. If I were really really really pushed into picking a favourite album... I'd probably go for this one. Love the cover too.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • trwolfe

    This is their magnum opus and won't be acknowledged as such for a few decades, I'd imagine.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • cccarnero

    Love at first sight

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • AEnimia

    Someday, everyone will realize that this is in fact their best album. [2] some day, not soon, but maybe in a decade or two.

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Scantily

    I used to think it's their best. I'm not sure anymore...

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • dontsagemebro

    i don't understand why people have trouble with this record. it's very easy to get into it. it is probably the easiest to listen to of their albums bar the debut.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
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  • actsyalawlz

    such a dense album, but so listenable... Its hard to turn off.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • in__absentia

    Their best

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Steban14

    Their best.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    their best

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
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