30 Seconds To Mars - 30 Seconds To Mars [2LP]
Comprised of Jared Leto on vocals/guitar, Shannon Leto on drums, Matt Wachter on bass, and Tomo Milicevic on guitar, Thirty Seconds to Mars first burst onto the music scene in the fall of 2002 with their eponymously titled debut, which blew critics away with its original blend of alternative and prog-rock. Blender called the album "a high-minded space opera of epic scope." Alternative Press was similarly impressed, praising the album as "an ambitious, immense-sounding work that's at once rich in melody and lyrically jarring." The band's bracing live shows (particularly as opening act for Incubus in 2002 and on Lollapalooza in 2003) further cemented their reputation as a band seriously committed to stretching the boundaries of rock music.