30 Seconds to Mars, the highly successful rock band out of Los Angeles, California, has just released their fourth studio album “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.” The album was released May 17, 2013 and is their first album since 2009’s “This Is War.”

The band decided to take a step in a new direction for this album by having “darker lyrical themes, a louder sound, and a lot more electronic and experimental, with lots of vintage synths.” Their previous album, “This Is War,” went on to sell over four million albums and one million singles from the album worldwide, which made the album the bands most commercially successful so far. The tours that followed, the Into the Wild Tour, Hurricane Tour, and the Closer to the Edge Tour, spanned two years and broke the Guinness World Record for the “Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band,” playing a total of 309 shows.

As soon as the Closer to the Edge Tour was up, the band immediately began to work on their fourth studio album. Frontman Jarod Leto wanted “an album that has ebb and flow and content and structure,” more-so compared to the bands previous work.

“Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams” is a concept album that revolves around the themes of what the album itself is named after. The album is divided into four segments, each named “Love,” “Lust,” “Faith,” and “Dreams” with the beginning of each segment declared by a female voice at the beginning of a song or at the end of an intrude that leads to the next section.

The bands first single off the album, “Up in the Air,” was sent to NASA and SpaceX for launch aboard the Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX CRS-2. The mission was launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket on March 1, 2013, sending the first ever commercial copy of music into space. The spacecraft docked with the International Space Station on March 3, 2013, making the single available to play by the Expidition 35 crew aboard the station. The song made its worldewide debut aboard the station on March 18, 2013 and was released as a digital download single on Itunes the next day.

The album is truly interesting to listen to. Leto’s vocals, as always, are spot on sometimes carrying the song to the next chorus. The use of synthesizers throughout and the other experimental and electronic elements all tend to make the songs much more progressive and move at a slower pace. There are times when the songs do pick up but for the most part, progressive is what you get. The album is different, even when compared to their previous one, “This Is War,” but is it to different? Well we’ll find out soon enough once all of the reviews get rounded up.