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30 Seconds To Mars is a rock alternative band started in 1998 by Shannon Leto and his brother Jared. Jared has been in several movies throughout the years, his main focus right now is music. Currently the band consists of Jared Leto, vocals and rhythm guitar, Tomo Miličević, lead guitar, and Shannon Leto, drums. In 2002, the band released their first studio album entitled 30 Seconds To Mars, pretty creative name right?! Their follow up album, A Beautiful Lie, was released in 2005 and certified platinum. It featured 4 radio singles which did very well on the charts; Attack, The Kill, From Yesterday, and A Beautiful Lie. Fast forward to 2009, after over a year of writing and recording and months of trying to settle a breach of contract lawsuit with their label for $30 million dollars, they released This Is War the end of last year which sold nearly 70,000 units in its first week.

“Kings and Queens” was the first single released to radio stations last fall and did quite well. This was a great single to start off with because it is extremely catchy and full of energy, a great way to capture fans. I know of several bands that release a radio single and it’s the only “good” song on their album. I was not sure if this was going to be the case for 30STM. Boy was I wrong, the title track “This is War” is their second and most current single released to radio in March. The song starts off with fans screaming and goes into a mellow guitar riff and drum beat during the verse, slowly building to become a full on rock song during the chorus. Overall, nearly every track has catchy choruses and powerful drums and guitar riffs.

The few that don’t are full of synthesizer and guitar effects which give them an electro-pop vibe. One of those songs, Hurricane, which was originally recorded as a collaboration with rapper Kanye West but not released due to legal issues, is full of synths and actually sounds like a song from West himself. If you are a 30STM fan you will most likely enjoy this in it’s entirety. I personally liked the first 9 tracks but was not crazy about the last 3. The album closes with an instrumental song called “L490.” It starts with a singing bowl, yes this really is an instrument (google it). These were used by Buddhist monks throughout Asia and the sides and rim vibrate to produce a loud low pitch sound. Transitioning into a repetitive acoustic melody, this 4 minute creation that gives off a haunting vibe fades into what sounds like chanting Buddhist monks as the song comes to an end. Although this is not one of my favorites, I think it would be cool to see live..I mean come on, who wouldn’t wanna see a singing bowl!

Top 5 Best Tracks (in no order) –
Vox Populi
This is War
Kings and Queens
Closer To The Edge
Search and Destroy

30STM makes music for their fans and wants them to be a part of the process. You can hear a choir of fans doing gang vocals on tracks throughout the album. While recording, the band hosted a gathering for fans in Los Angeles and various other cities across the world they called “The Summit.” The purpose of this was so fans could have an insight into the recording process and even participate in the recording themselves. Another way the fans are part of the album is a project called “Faces of Mars.” The band asked fans to submit pictures of themselves, then selected 2,000 of them. There are 2,000 different album covers featuring fans from around the world. There have been cover sightings of several celebrities including Kat Von D, Bam Margera, Conan O’Brien and band members from Chevelle, Cobra Starship and Street Drum Corps. Several record label executives as well as Shannon and Jared’s mother also made it onto a cover. Check out iTunes to purchase This Is War.

Since it’s December 8th release, 30STM has toured extensively throughout Europe and only played a handful of shows in the United States. The Into The Wild Tour will be their first US tour supporting This Is War and features MuteMath and Neon Trees. It will start April 9th in Las Vegas and make 25 stops across the country, including one in Tulsa at the Brady Theater on April 13th. Tickets are on sale now at Reasor’s and or by calling 1-866-977-6849.

Watch the official full music video for “Kings and Queens” below-


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tavia on April 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Great review! I think knowing some history about a band before judging them makes a big difference in appreciating the music. I actually didnt know they were brothers so that’s cool. I hope i get the chance to see them soon ; )


  2. Posted by Sallie on April 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I enjoyed the review….made me want to listen to the full CD. Really interested in finding out more about that singing bowl 🙂 Thought the video at the end was a nice touch – made me understand what the sound of the band was like. Look forward to more reviews!


  3. Posted by Erin on April 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I thought this was a great review of the CD. I personally love all the tracks…but i know this is about your opinion. Night of the Hunter is my fav (at the moment) I like all the history you added, and i believe those were real monks recorded on the CD…pretty dope!


    • Round of applause for the monks! How awesome would that be if they had traveling tour monks lol…this is a very spiritual and culturally diverse album


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