This Is War [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

This Is War [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

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by Thirty Seconds to Mars
     
 

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Emotional bloodletting never quite fit 30 Seconds to Mars. Perhaps it was residual prejudice from Jared Leto's status as actor-turned-musician, but they always seemed to skim the surface, even when they pushed roiling emotions to the forefront in the best traditions of grunge and screamo. When they were mining a post-grunge or nu-metal or

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Emotional bloodletting never quite fit 30 Seconds to Mars. Perhaps it was residual prejudice from Jared Leto's status as actor-turned-musician, but they always seemed to skim the surface, even when they pushed roiling emotions to the forefront in the best traditions of grunge and screamo. When they were mining a post-grunge or nu-metal or emo vein, this was a liability, but now that they've shifted their music with the shifting times, adopting a hybrid of the Killers' retro new wave and My Chemical Romance's gothic prog, they've wound up with a sound that suits their stance. Which isn't to say that they've gotten any less ridiculous; if anything, they're more absurd, piling up Auto-Tuned vocals, gurgling synthesized loops, Kanye cameos, and a children's choir on almost every other song. Producers Steve Lillywhite and Flood, both veterans of U2, do give This Is War an appropriately epic scale, although "appropriate" seems an inappropriate word for such an ungainly mix of synth rock, metal, and prog, the distillation of all manner of brooding '80s teenage obsessions. What saves it from being nothing but thirtysomething wish fulfillment is that this move toward goth-glam requires 30 Seconds to emphasize hooks and gives them aural variety, which doesn't make them seem any more serious, but does make them considerably more palatable. [The 2010 reissue of the albums adds three bonus tracks, including their collaboration with Kanye West as well as covers of Kanye's "Stronger" and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," done for a BBC session. The set also comes with a DVD made up of videos, short films, and a documentary.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099991792129
catalogNumber:
17921
Rank:
44828

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thirty Seconds to Mars   Primary Artist
Shannon Leto   Group Member
Jared Leto   Group Member
Tomo Milicevic   Group Member

Technical Credits

Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Flood   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Brian Virtue   Engineer
Andy Rogers   Producer
Simon Askew   Producer
Andrew Dawson   Vocal Recording
Rob Kirwan   Engineer
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
Shannon Leto   Composer
Jamie Hart   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Engineer
Thirty Seconds to Mars   Producer
Jared Leto   Composer
Tom Biller   Engineer
Matt Radosevich   Engineer
Dana Nielsen   Engineer
Michael Einziger   Strings Orchestrator
Stefani Germanotta   Composer
Nadir Khayat   Composer
Andrew Doucette   Pre-production Engineer
Sonny Diperri   Engineer
Jamie Schefman   Engineer

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This Is War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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DarcieRoy More than 1 year ago
With the release of their third album, This is War, 30 Seconds to Mars has once and for all shirked their reputation as an "angst" band. It could instead be argued that, while the wounds of their battle with Virgin Records are evident in their latest release, they instead offer themselves as healthy role models for listeners, channeling their frustration and suffering into songs of hope, optimism, and strength. "I fell apart but I got back up again," Jared Leto croons in "Alibi", first in a soothing tone evocative of a lullaby, later soaring to a cry that is both anguished and exultant. This sentiment of determination and healing echoes throughout the album. It's rare for me to like an album the first time I hear it. I've always found comfort in familiarity; usually new songs have to "grow" on me. But it was love at first listen for This is War. It's the kind of music you can listen to with your eyes closed and see the sun rise; the kind of music you blast with the car's windows rolled down; the kind you sing along to with the enthusiasm of a fevered tent-revival disciple. This album gives you chills from its first notes. As if it were even possible to do so, following the release of their platinum-selling second album, A Beautiful Lie, the talented men of 30 Seconds to Mars have continued to improve their musical aptitude, producing a more polished and innovative album than the previous two. (Note that I do NOT mean more "mainstream" - despite their producer Flood's experience with renowned bands such as U2, Depeche Mode, and The Smashing Pumpkins, they continue to admirably deviate from the flow of "pop" music.) One example of their musical pioneering would be the choral accompaniments to many of the songs: the uplifting chants heard in the background of such songs as the title track (also featured in the game Dragon Age: Origins), "Night of the Hunter", and "Hurricane" are actually the voices of 30 Seconds to Mars' fans, recorded earlier this year in a "digital summit" (just one of many ways the band incorporates its "army" into the music). These full-bodied compositions will undoubtedly play well in the acoustics of a large venue. This Is War also contains more of the smoky, sexy, whispered vocals that particularly send Leto's admirers swooning. Because of this, the album will likely perform well in an intimate, acoustic setting. Regardless of the site, This Is War seems destined for live performance greatness. Overall, 30 Seconds to Mars has used their strife to demonstrate unparalleled poise and grace, and the result is an album with more depth and intensity than I've experienced in a long time. Darcie Roy Provehito In Altum
FightyCakes More than 1 year ago
This Is War grows on you and holds up to repeated play. Alibi is what Death Cab's Equinox should've been for New Moon. Stranger in a Strange Land is hauntingly beautiful. Also highly praised is the bewitching, Night of the Hunter. Lyrically obscure, the album invites the listener on a journey to find their own meaning. The album is intriguing, captivating and worth every penny.
aggiejennifer More than 1 year ago
First, if you were already a fan, you will love this newest sound from 30STM. If the band is new to you, you will find a little of everything to listen to. There are great ballads such as Alibi and Hurricane. If you would rather rock out just turn on This Is War or Night of the Hunter. Everyone will find different songs to call your favorite. The special thing about this album is that the guys used their fans to be the faces on the front (2000 different ones) and the chorus for most songs. Never before have you heard a band do so much for and with their fans. They are really incredible and loving to their fans. I recommend this new album to all who love rock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
30 Seconds To Mars new record "This Is War" is just amazing.
AnitaP More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars for a long time and was so excited when I heard this album. It's very Depeche Mode, U2, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure inspired. It pays homage to those bands but they definitely add their own style with the amazing drumming, loud but sometimes soft vocals and the melodic guitar. It's their best album to date and I've already bought multiple copies to support this awesome band.
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