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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium

After the break-up of At the Drive-In lead vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed an experimental progressive rock band with latin and jazz influences known as The Mars Volta. Their debut LP De-Loused in the Comatorium is probably one of if not the best debut albums of all time. The album centers around the short story written by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Jeremy Michael Ward. In the story a man named Cerpin Taxt who attempts to commit suicide via overdose by combining morphine and rat poison, which causes him to be in a week-long coma. While in the coma Cerpin Taxt experiences visions of is own psyche and humanity as a whole. After awakening from his coma he is dissatisfied with reality and this time succeeds in committing suicide. De-Loused in the Comatorium starts off with Son et Lumiere which is a ninety-five second intro which leads straight into and blends in perfectly with the second track Inertiatic ESP. After a satisfying first two tracks De-Loused in the Comatorium tops the first two with Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) which starts out with what can only be described as an abrasive hardcore-jazz intro into a soft melodic verse after that it fully forms into what The Mars Volta is. The album takes a brief dip in greatness with Tira Me a las Aranas and Drunkship of Lanterns. However De-Loused bounces back with Eriatarka with it's nice melodic verse's and catchy chorus. Which leads to the Holy Grail of the album, Cicatriz ESP. This track showcases Cedric Bixler-Zavala's vocal abilities, being twelve and a half minutes long there is one minor section of the song where you think to yourself "let's get going" after such a fast paced beginning it really slows down for a brief moment. All of this is made up for in the last minute and a half which is just pure perfection. After this De-Loused in the Comatorium takes one more minor dip in it's greatness with This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed. Televators, the most melodic track of the album and the second best following Cicatriz ESP. De-Loused in the Comatorium ends with Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt, concluding his story as well as the album.



  1. Such awesome stuff here.
    Honestly, Televators gives me an eargasm every time.
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  2. Such a great album, can still remember jaw dropping a bit when I first heard it.

    Cool stuff man

  3. I cant listen to this stuff... too crazy and deep. It fucks my mind too hard