Thirty Seconds to Mars This is War (Virgin) Over the past decade, actor Jared Leto has largely bypassed films in order to sing as the frontman for 30 Seconds to Mars, who have had multi-platinum sales for their first two albums and surprising success in South Korea. The trio's third release This is War follows a dropped US$30 million lawsuit by their record company Virgin. They obviously know what fans have discovered too: Leto isn't just an actor putting on the rock star shtick. He's the real deal. Unfortunately, this album, which will surely be the group's biggest, may also create two camps. There will be those who feel Leto's wide, emphatic vocal range and the epic topics he tackles are the perfect blend of U2 and Linkin Park. Like those acts though, a fine case can be made that these songs are too bombastic, the 12-song soundtrack to future Michael Bay films that haven't been made yet. Indeed, given the calls to battle, numerous child choruses, monks chanting, hawk cries and U2 producers Flood and Steve Lillywhite at the helm, there's no doubt these songs will soon be coming to a cinema near you, catchy, pompous and also impossible to ignore.