I'm a huge fan of a band called The Mars Volta (surprise). I own every studio album, ep, live album, live ep, and bonus track. I even have managed to find one of their albums on vinyl (Amputechture if you were wondering). Anyways, I frequent their website, checking for updates, seeing if they're playing anywhere near me, or any other news they may grace my eyes with. I've noticed something however, the updates are slowing down, and the live shows have worked down to none. Were I a less informed rabid fan I may be worried, but, of course am not worried. I know that they are planning on releasing their fifth full length studio album sometime this year, which if you check the date doesn't leave them much time. Besides the studio album, they are also planning on releasing a live concert DVD this year, again, check the date. So I am relatively confident after much thought that they are gearing up for a release. I can't say that they will for sure make the 2008 window, it may be in the 1st or 2nd quarter of 2009 which would fit in line with anual tradition considering their last album, The Bedlam in Goliath, was released at the end of January of 2008. I know the album is going to be an acoustic album which I am incredibly intrested to hear. The Mars Volta have consistently created a new variation on their sound with every album and this will be no different. At this point I would take anything, a track list, album title, art work, or even just a tentative date for the release of the aforementioned information. I can already feel the excitement building in my nuggets. WOOOOO! Sorry about that (come on JD, keep it together). In closing, I leave you with a song that still gives me chills everytime I hear it: "The Widow" by The Mars Volta, of their 2005 album Frances the Mute.