The Bedlam in Goliath

Universal Music (Pty) Ltd.
Release date
28 Jan 2008
Running length
12 tracks
Running time


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1 Aberinkula 5:45 133,743
2 Metatron 8:13 120,685
3 Ilyena 5:36 119,523
4 Wax Simulacra 2:39 153,698
5 Goliath 7:16 132,069
6 Tourniquet Man 2:38 111,520
7 Cavalettas 9:33 100,045
8 Agadez 6:44 99,961
9 Askepios 5:11 94,817
10 Ouroborous 6:36 73,891
11 Soothsayer 9:08 87,025
12 Conjugal Burns 6:36 85,751

About this album

On a trip in Jerusalem, Rodriguez-Lopez purchased an archaic ouija-type talking board at a curio shop as a gift for Bixler-Zavala. They would return to their tour bus after shows to play with it during their 2006 tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it quickly became the band’s post-show ritual.[4] Dubbed “The Soothsayer”, the board revealed stories, gave names and made demands, as the band was contacted by three different people who appeared in the form of one, who was then referred to as “Goliath”. The more the band had interacted with “The Soothsayer”, otherworldly coincidences began plaguing the band’s experience writing and recording The Bedlam in Goliath: Blake Flemming—their current drummer at the time—had quit mid-tour and left the band with financial troubles; Bixler-Zavala wound up needing surgery performed on his foot due to the shoes he had been wearing, forcing him to relearn how to walk post-surgery; audio tracks sporadically and literally disappeared off the screens; Rodriguez-Lopez’s home studio flooded and had been subject to multiple power outages; and the album’s original engineer had gone through a nervous breakdown, leaving behind all previous work with no notes as to where anything was.[5] The engineer who quit stated to Rodriguez-Lopez: “I’m not going to help you make this record. You’re trying to do something very bad with this record, you’re trying to make me crazy and you’re trying to make people crazy.”[6]

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  • Aarny

    hockeybub89 I think this is FAR better than De-Loused, which is a great album.

    15 Jan 5:22pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    best volta album [2] by far.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hockeybub89

    It might be blasphemy, but I put this album right up next to De-Loused.

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This uninspired mess sounds like a bunch of incompetent kids were locked in a studio and forced to emulate a TMV album.

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Snooz

    I seem to favour the two first albums, but wow the newer ones are better than I remembered. And tons of riffs I've been playing parts of randomly is from this album.

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    That drumming is so good.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
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    10 Dec 2013 Reply

    best volta album

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • F0rblaze

    Of all their albums, this is my favorite. However, I did not listen to them sequentially, so I may have a warped opinion compared to those of you who grew used to the "old" Mars Volta. In fact, I consider this "old" Mars Volta and I consider their final two albums to be sub par in comparison to this and De-Loused in the Comatorium. Their EP's are hit or miss for me.

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    One of my biggest musical disappointments ever. A thoroughly annoying 70-minute headache of an album. Their first three are among my all time favorites, so I tried hard to let it grow on me, but eventually had to accept that it's just uninspired hogwash.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Wegotlemons

    Surely this is a perfect album

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • darkestinsanity

    This my favourite album by The Mars Volta. It is an immaculate masterpiece. I will always remember the first time I listened to it (I hadn't slept for 48 hours) and I started seeing various patterns, sigils and glyphs emerging and moving in the carpet to the beat of the music. Another time I was tripping on LSD, at a pretty dark period of my life, and this was the only music I wanted to listen to for the entire trip. So I had this album on repeat for 8 hours while I scribbled revelations furiously in my journal. .

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • karmapolice911

    Amazing album, and the creepy story behind it makes it even better!

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • guowa

    Don't you ever, ever, ever trust my mercy

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Scantily

    Really great album. Such a shame that the second half is a bit weaker than the first...

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • GenesisOrbit

    Reading the description for this album makes it even better.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Welcome to the asylum. Once you enter there is no way out.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
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    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Drewmanschu

    the bonus track "things behind the sun" cover of nick drake, is incredible. has anyone else heard their version?

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • thewishka

    Can't stop listening to this record. It's absolutely flawless. I hated it when it came out, it just seemed to massy and noisy to my ears, so at that time Bedlam was my least fav by TMV. But now that I have gone over the whole discography (incl. Noctourniquet) I'm absolutely sure this was their heyday [2]

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
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