Album Review: Thirty Seconds to Mars - America

certified Strife expert badge
4 mins read
Glenn also wrote about

album-review-thirty-seconds-to-mars-america

Picture

American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars continues their experimental rock/electronic sound on their latest album “America”, released April 6th, 2018. With renowned musician and actor Jared Leto (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards) as frontman of the band, he is joined by his older brother Shannon Leto (drums and percussion), and Tomo Miličević (lead guitar, bass, violin, keyboards). Having released five albums since 2002, Thirty Seconds to Mars has not only dabbled with a variety of musical techniques and styles, but their sound has really evolved and matured over the years.

    Well known for their radio hits such as “Kings and Queens”, “The Kill”, and “Walk on Water”, Thirty Seconds to Mars has really made a name for themselves in the alternative rock scene. Compared to albums they have released in the past, such as “A Beautiful Lie” and “This Is War”, we can see that the band has drawn influences not only from their old sound, but also from modern electronic styles, which balance out the album quite nicely.

    I would say a majority of the songs on the album evoke a feeling of empowerment. They give off a sound that is intense and escalates throughout the album. The songs off of this album that represent the evolution of the band’s sound the best are “Rescue Me”, “Hail To The Victor”, and “Rider”. Not only do these songs bring out the classic sound of Thirty Seconds to Mars, with Leto’s voice powering through each track, but they also show the band’s experimentations with electronic sounds that really help the album progress in an interesting way.

    “Rescue Me” really takes me back to the Thirty Seconds to Mars sound I remember hearing in 2009, while also appealing to a new taste in electronic music. This song includes hints of heavy electric guitar backing its high-pitched electronic melodies. It also still features Leto’s one-of-a-kind vocals which really guide the song. This song does the best job of balancing both elements of Thirty Seconds to Mars’ old style, while also experimenting with a matured electronic sound.

    “Hail To The Victor” reminds me a lot of EDM music, as the majority of it is instrumental. This song differs significantly from Thirty Seconds to Mars’ old sound, as it does not feature a large dependence on Leto’s vocals, but rather makes room for the band to further experiment with a new sound. With sounds that emphasize a deep bass, this song really seems to mimic a modern electronic style.

    “Rider” closes the album on a grand note, almost reminding me of a movie soundtrack. This song also does not rely too much on Leto’s vocals to carry it through, but rather uses both electronic sounds, as well as what sounds like marching band style snare drums, as well as classical sounding violin and choir-esque background vocals. These elements really build up the album to a larger-than-life ending.

    While fans of Thirty Seconds to Mars may miss their old, heavy rock sound, it is evident through their latest album “America” that they have worked hard in modernizing and evolving their sound through an electronic style, while also remaining true to their old sound by continuing to use Leto’s powerful vocals to guide a majority of the tracks.

(0 reviews)
Share this article

Related articles

Show more

THE ONES WHO LOVE MUSIC

Music
online
Eva van Kuik
Eva van Kuik
$ 0.37 PM
I'm the ONE from Amstelveen, Netherlands
show profile
Amstelveen ,  Netherlands
Languages: English, Dutch
certified Strife expert badge
concert music photography concert photography music photographer music journalism concert reviews music industry concerts songs albums concert photographer album review music updates music strife
Eva is available now
Call anyway
Rasmus Jersborg
Rasmus Jersborg
$ 0.37 PM
I'm the ONE from København, Denmark
show profile
tech support, music magazine
København ,  Denmark
Languages: Danish, English, Swedish
certified Strife expert badge
concert music strife article writing music photographer music journalism editing festival reviews concert reviews music industry music strife windows programming linux
Rasmus will be available in 14 hours 9 mins
Call anyway
Ruben Hultman
Ruben Hultman
$ 0.06 PM
I'm the ONE Songwriter & Musician, active since 2009. Solo-Artist since 2015.
show profile
Örebro Municipality ,  Sweden
Languages: English, Swedish
certified Strife expert badge
guitar drums piano vocals vocallessons bass song writing music strife music studio songs recording bands swedish
Ruben will be available in 1 days 7 hours 9 mins
Call anyway
Harrie van der Lubbe
Harrie van der Lubbe
Free
(16)
I'm the ONE that might be able to help you If you have difficult technical questions
show profile
Creative Developer
Tangerang ,  Indonesia
Languages: German, English, Indonesian, Dutch, Thai
certified TheONE expert badge
singing classical choir video calls messaging agents p2p platform jakarta karawaci cmas dutch english bitterballen homebrewing stoofvlees
Harrie is offline
and available now
Callback request
Diego Pastore
Diego Pastore
$ 0.15 PM
I'm the ONE from Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
show profile
Metropolitan City of Milan ,  Italy
Languages: Italian, Spanish, English
design music graphic design sports soccer language milano workout homework
Diego is available
but not online right now
Callback request
online
Dave Fric
Dave Fric
$ 0.93 PM
I'm the ONE who studied, travelled, made business and met plenty smart people with knowledge
show profile
Work on computer
Hlavní město Praha ,  Czechia
Languages: Czech, English
techno shopping food nature bali sport watersports sports surfing language culture party view rentals waterfalls
Dave is available now
Call me
Giora Kukui
Giora Kukui
$ 0.37 PM
I'm the ONE professional piano player and composer
show profile
Hlavní město Praha ,  Czechia
Languages: English, Hebrew
music piano music theory music making music music theory hebrew
Giora is available
but not online right now
Callback request
Judy Makonnen
Judy Makonnen
$ 0.11 PM
I'm the ONE You can ask me anything and I will reply with the most suitable answer
show profile
Student
Greater London ,  United Kingdom
Languages: English, German
love it expert need advise i’m here
Judy is available
but not online right now
Callback request
online
Sebastian Lawson
Sebastian Lawson
$ 0.19 PM
I'm the ONE ¡Soy The ONE! Siéntete libre de preguntarme lo que quieras sobre lo que quieras.
show profile
København ,  Denmark
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English
guitar piano bass guitarra bajo harmonica charango copenhagen barcelona new york city rio de janeiro madrid buenos aires painting woodwork
Sebastian is available now
Call me
online
Mohamed Amine Messaoudi
Mohamed Amine Messaoudi
$ 0.07 PM
I'm the ONE Art is my life , music is my savior ...
show profile
Photographer
Budapest ,  Hungary
Languages: Arabic, German, English, French
guitar drums producer keyboard recorder composition maintenance handyman mechanical works electrical english arabic frensh mechanical microsoft office
Mohamed Amine is available now
Hit me
online
Fiorella V
Fiorella V
$ 0.11 PM
I'm the ONE from Madrid, Spain
show profile
Madrid ,  Spain
Languages: English, Spanish, French
singing restaurants hotels museums makeup haistyle dance english español
Fiorella is available now
Call me
online
Nlemchukwu Wisdom
Nlemchukwu Wisdom
$ 0.19 PM
I'm the ONE from Berlin, Germany
show profile
Berlin ,  Germany
Languages: English, German
hip-hop berlin it and electronic help electrician jollof rice african food grow your business relationship advise self advise body care english german
Nlemchukwu is available now
Call me
ajesh james
ajesh james
$ 0.09 PM
I'm the ONE AND THE FIRST AJESH JAMES. For what written is the absolute TRUTH
show profile
Warszawa ,  Poland
Languages: English, Hindi, Polish
youthguide traveller perosnality developmemt career coaching coaching advises financial management basic math
ajesh is available
but not online right now
Callback request
online
Burhan Qerimi
Burhan Qerimi
$ 0.71 PM
I'm the ONE that helps you become you
show profile
Psychology
Languages: English, Italian, French, German
tv cable life-advice human interaction business plan forex marketing sales business ideas market research breathing mindfullness tennis football billiards diet
Burhan is available now
Call me
Amy Muhoro
Amy Muhoro
$ 0.09 PM
I'm the ONE Experienced African Visual Artist dedicating her life to her craft.
show profile
Warszawa ,  Poland
Languages: English
synthesizer piano composition playlist hip hop tutorial photography photoshop premiere concepts colour concert photography editing lightroom explore your colors
Amy is available
but not online right now
Callback request
online
Josue Garcia
Josue Garcia
$ 0.37 PM
I'm the ONE min man ;)
show profile
Call center
Cook County ,  United States
Languages: English, Spanish
acoustic music piano music theory song how to acoustic guitar music making guitar basics tutorials tutorial strumming picking fast lessons covers
Josue is available now
Call me
Jim  Hatch
Jim Hatch
$ 0.45 PM
I'm the ONE Strateic development of projects in music
show profile
Making Music
Berlin ,  Germany
Languages: English
recording music producer trumpet production artist branding food strategy team building development music industry management frameworks english music
Jim is offline
and will be available in 10 mins
Callback request
online
Omaima Kj
Omaima Kj
$ 0.09 PM
I'm the ONE I'm the ONE here to helps you in sharing my knowledge about what I know!
show profile
Marrakesh ,  Morocco
Languages: Arabic, German, English, French
english french english language arabe marrakech skin care hair care food - skin bodyhealth advice business sweets crepes ice cream morocan meals
Omaima is available now
Call me
online
Jasper Mckeag
Jasper Mckeag
$ 0.28 PM
I'm the ONE Straight to the point. Constructive criticism is essential, a short call?
show profile
Exercise & Music
Greater Manchester ,  United Kingdom
Languages: English, Italian
mixing dj techno house smoking party trance house music clubbing drinking advice health and wellness a better you shredded tourism
Jasper is available now
Ring me
online
Angelica Ramos
Angelica Ramos
$ 0.06 PM
I'm the ONE from Santa Clara County, United States
show profile
Santa Clara County ,  United States
Languages: English
percussion anxiety stress ptsd life changes makeup healthy skin beauty exfoliate sensitive skin moisturize oily skin
Angelica is available now
Call me
@lang('tours.cookie_time')
@lang('tours.only_use_mic_cam')
@lang('tours.set_cookies')
Incoming call
Calling
block this user
Instant call from
Hang on...
calling
Hmm...
no answer
They're busy
€ 0,00 PM
Will you accept
the charges for this call?
I'm the ONE
loader
Sorry, I can't answer now, please call me in 5 minutes
Sorry, I can't answer now, please call me in 5 minutes
Callback request
More info on "callback request" Less info on "callback request"