"The songs (if you can call the tracks on here songs) are prog- for-the-sake-of-prog exercises in self-indulgence that are more concerned with vocal and guitar pyrotechnics than creating memorable pieces of music."
If that doesn't describe "Cassandra Gemini" from Frances the Mute, then I don't know what does.
Now listening to "Metatron" off the new album. I have to say, I think it's really fucking good, and a lot less obtuse-sounding than most of Frances the Mute, which to me is the Mars Volta at their most over-indulgent.
But hey... to each his own.
So well informed I don't know where the truth begins.