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Deloused in the Comatorium

The Mars Volta

2003

Deloused in the Comatorium

Album Summary

De-Loused in the Comatorium is the debut studio album by American progressive rock band the Mars Volta, released on June 24, 2003, on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal Records. Based on a short story written by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and sound manipulation artist Jeremy Ward, the concept album is an hour-long tale of Cerpin Taxt, a man who enters a week-long coma after overdosing on a mixture of morphine and rat poison. The story of Cerpin Taxt alludes to the death of El Paso, Texas artist—and Bixler-Zavala's friend—Julio Venegas (1972–1996). Co-produced by Rick Rubin and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, it is the only studio album to feature founding member Jeremy Ward, who was found dead in an apparent heroin overdose one month before the album was released. Following the departure of Eva Gardner who had appeared on the band's early demos and EP, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performed on De-Loused. The music contained in De-Loused is distinguished by its enigmatic lyrics, Latin and jazz rhythms, and Omar Rodríguez-López's frenetic guitar riffs, which are often strongly dissonant. The title of the album is taken from the lyrics of the song "Eunuch Provocateur" on the band's previous release, Tremulant (meanwhile, "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" contains the title of Tremulant). The cover artwork is by Storm Thorgerson.

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Rating

3.21

Votes

4907

Genres

  • Rock
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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

Possibly the best prog-rock album from this century. Expect to find music that is written for the sake of music, that breaks boundaries, that forces the listener to think and experience concepts outside of the easy boundaries of culture and social norms that are forced on us by the media. Of course, like any good prog-rock project, "De-Loused in the Comatorium" is a conceptual album. The main character Cerpin Taxt, who is based on a real person that the band knew, falls into a coma due to self-abusive behavior. While in a coma, Taxt experiences a (possibly) hallucinigenic journey through a landscape of his own decay. The intellectually poetic lyrics make references to medical terminology, ghosts, public transportation, isolation, confusion, philosophical figures, and (self) deception. Sonically, the Mars Volta recalls the best of progressive's past and present. Like some idiot-savant with Turret's Syndrome, they seem to embody both effortlessly. It is difficult to point to one musician in the group that is not necessary for the overall sound. Every player in the group deserves mention. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez plays with an measured angularity that recalls Robert Fripp's late '60's/early 70's work but with the passsion of a young Carlos Santana. Cedric Bixler-Zavala sings like a young Geddy Lee being possessed by the passionate spirit of Tool's Maynard. Drummer Jon Theodore recalls the aggressive technical chops of Neil Peart, but with the instinctive recklessnes of Keith Moon. Using classic hammond/mellotron/fender-rhodes piano sounds, keyboardist Isaiah Owens recalls the necesssarily transparent playing of Billy Preston. Then there's Flea standing in on bass, and holding on for dear life. He seems actually quite challenged in this project, so much so that he never really gets the chance to "Flea out". He just plays some fantastically solid and distinctive bass, which is great to hear from him, especially in this context. How does one reconcile the gap between punk and prog? Take the in-your-face aggression of punk and put it side-by-side with darkly beautiful ballads, compelling soundscapes, metrically complex and angular riffs, and freely open jams. The lowdown: Simultaneously being a music lover and cynic, I am usually hard-pressed to easily accept new music by a band I don't know much about. I am used to the few listens it takes for me to decide what I really think about a project. The Mars Volta convinced me immediately, and is still convincing after several months of heavy rotation and an extremely memorable live experience, which is beyond the scope of this review to recount.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

Hahahhahha, yes! YES! The pretentiousness is very much the point here, and I _love_ it. Singing absolute nonsense with such earnest conviction - fantastic! (Although it's made me realize that Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", another fine example of heartfelt gibberish, isn't on this list, which feels like quite the omission!) I'll take this album over anything At The Drive-In did. It's also my fave Mars Volta album, by quite a stretch... Fave track - the whole thing, really, but "Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)", "Eriatarka", "Televators" and "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" are the stand outs...

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

With its frenzied musicians and vital Latin influence, Deloused in the Comatorium's turn-of-the-century prog rock rips pretty thoroughly, but the lyricism is so indulgent—even for the genre—that it often distracts. There's a fine line between "you just don't get it" and "I just don't care," and the penmanship here is firmly in the latter. You made a concept album, and the concept is "drugs are neat," you don't have to try so damn hard to get the job done. That said, once you push past the Aesop Rock of it all, the more aggressive tracks hit quite hard, and the talent the group has is undeniable. I just wish the songwriters were the only ones that calmed down over the course of its excessive runtime. Key Tracks: Inertiatic ESP, Drunkship of Lanterns, Cicatriz ESP

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

🤘. Lyrics are basically incoherent but the music is amazing.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

The pinnacle of modern prog rock. Move over, Rush. Step aside, King Crimson. We've got an eccentric Mexican with a fantastic falsetto, a savant Puerto Rican with a knack for a guitar, and a band who can keep pace with the two. There are segments on this album that will blow you away, just raw compositional goodness. There's solid dynamics too, with The Mars Volta knowing when to go full tilt and when to be more reserved. These allow for truly memorable moments such as in Eriatarka where the songs builds itself to the choruses. There are parts that are a little overly long, though, and could use some sparing in order to keep things moving along, but it can be easily forgiven for how spectacular everything else is. Great great album.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
1

Fuck off.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

If Rush, Santana, and MCR adopted a baby together, this is the monster they would raise. I love it. These guys have been on my radar for a while and I see why they are always spoken among the greats of modern prog.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Masterful production, technical, visceral, cohesive. Takes a few listens to fully grasp, but once you're hooked and listening between the lines and notes, it's a masterpiece.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
1

This is just a more inscrutable version of Muse.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

girl wtf is this cover?????? whats up with that child???? i don't think this is English I haven't heard of an album so all-over-the-place. cohesiveness who?

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Genre: Progressive Rock 5/5 A debut album from a band I was familiar with by name only, from a genre I’ve grown quite fond of since I was young, and good grief this thing was an instant love for me. I had initially been apprehensive, having read that the vocals were hit-or-miss and the music itself could prove too dense for some. But, man, I was absolutely floored. And also to the harsher critics out there, there is WAY more progressive shit that you would absolutely HATE. This is almost easy listening. In the same way you can hear Radiohead’s OK Computer write the careers of their contemporaries (Coldplay, Muse, etc.), De-Loused in the Comatorium (ugly name and ugly album cover aside, lol) is proto-screamo in the best way, and Attack, Attack, Of Monsters and Men, and Coheed and Cambria (among others), owe a huge debt to this project. Technical, talented playing, Rick Rubin’s essential wall-of-sound production, vocals that ascend to the heavens in nearly every track, and relentless pacing, this album seemingly helped forge the path for where rock would go over the coming years. Really impressed, absolutely loved this. If you like rock music, this is for you. Sending Drunkship of Lanterns to my dad right now.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

It ain't At the Drive-In, but I've always loved this band. Proggy, punk-ish, pretentious; they cover the three P's in spades on this one. I hadn't listened to this in forever. I like all the weird horns and shit they got into on the record that followed, but it was nice to hear this one again. Definitely more focused than most of their discography, for better or worse. Anyway, I remember that reading Pitchfork was pretty much a daily must for me back in the early 2000s. And then they just completely eviscerated the 2nd Mars Volta record, if memory serves. Just an absolutely brutal review and it occurred to me at that point that I didn't need to read Pitchfork any more.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Un album assez difficilement appréciable tant la tête dont il est ici question ne cessera de nous cracher sa lumière à la figure du début à la fin du projet. On en sort totalement ébloui mais surtout très énervé.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
2

Sounds a bit like Paramour, but a lot edgier, but not in a good way, without the catchy choruses.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
2

I audibly groaned as soon as the screen refreshed and this loaded after voting for the last album ('The White Album/The Beatles'). Maybe not as bad as I remembered but so much wailing.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
2

Sounds pretty good.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
2

Pretencious shit.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
2

Like At The Drive In but without any tunes. Painful.

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Wed May 04 2022
2

This is another of those albums I would like considerably more if there was a different vocalist. There's just something about the tone of this guy's voice that grates on me. The music is actually pretty good, and definitely something I could enjoy.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

Dudes voice kind of annoying

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Sat Sep 24 2022
2

Not exactly an easy listening; I like certain kinds of progressive rock but this is a tad too much for me. Roulette dares was the one song I kinda digged, the rest is okay to meh.

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Sat Sep 04 2021
1

bandname und artwork haben mich immer auf distanz gehalten, das macht unvoreingenommenes hören natürlich schwieriger - aber das branding (ja, leider) ist on point. eitelkeit, wehleidigkeit, auskennertum, selbstgefälligkeit - im geeigneten kontext kann das alles okay sein, aber wenn es so zusammenkommt wie hier, ist das einfach nur scheußlich. gefällt vermutlich meinen alten deutschlehrern.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
1

Unlistenable. I got to the third song, then started FFwd'g and listening to as much of each song as possible to see if I was wrong. Nope. Clearly, didn't add. Also, entire oeuvre is filled with meaningless edgy song titles.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
1

down with this sort of thing

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Thu Mar 03 2022
1

Album #17 (1001 Challenge): "De-Loused in the Comatorium" by The Mars Volta (2003) I've been dreading the day when this album came up. I guess get it over with early. Some people obviously love this album. Hence, it being on the list. I really, really tried with multiple listenings, even before today, to find something. The only thing I find this album to be is annoying. A less-focused, more sci-fi version of Muse. Metal Prog...that even sounds bad. Most of these songs sound like they were written for the sole purpose of being boss battles for Guitar Hero or Rock Band, which may not be a bad thing. But, not here. The drums or drum loop sounds like a machine gun or video game. No noticeable melody. The singing and overall tone is so overly dramatic. I didn't bother trying to figure out what's he singing about. Song titles like "Drunkship of Lanterns" don't really motivate me to find out more. Ughhh!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooo My earholes squeezed themselves shut

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Tue Sep 20 2022
1

don't like it, trying to be catchy High voices, empty riffraffs

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

One of my favourite albums of all time 😍 I still remember when I first discovered them at uni and was blown away by such a perfect blend of structure/batshit craziness. Also in my top 5 gigs. So fucking cathartic! Fav new track: N/A, but it's between the transition from Son el Lumiere into Inertiatic Esp and Televators...

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Got this one on CD. Perfect album as far as I'm concerned.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

-This album is pretty sweet. The guitar is shredding and the drums are awesome throughout the whole album. Definitely need to do more listening

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Panic Attack Simulator, the album. This cathartic combination of Prog and Punk creates a record that, while alienating for sure, I find to be an extremely rewarding listen. Favorites: "Roulette Dares", "Eriatarka", "Cicatriz Esp", "Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt"

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

My brother got this on CD when it came out. I must have been 12 or 13 at the time and always listened to all of his CDs. I didn't get this one. It seemed sort of weird and then I never listened to it again. Seeing the album here made me think "Oh yeah, there was an album like this! I heard it. Some strange alternative rock or something like that." Listening to it yesterday and giving it a second spin today, I've been loving every moment of this album. Progressive rock and alternativ rock get together for a twist that still sounds fresh and original almost 20 years later. I can't claim that the lyrics seem much more than associative stream of consciousness, but that's OK. As is not uncommon in alternative rock, the vocals are frequently off-key and sound whiny at times. I'm not the biggest fan of this style of singing, but here it fits quite well. The bigger draw, for me, is the undeniable instrumental virtuosity on this album and the elaborate and unpredictable structuring of the tracks. This one really caught me by surprise but I will be sure to revisit it and check out the other Mars Volta albums as well. Favorite tracks were the two Esp songs.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Way ahead of it's time.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

One of the best albums in my lifetime. Every song is a masterpiece

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

this is so 00s. I was a teenager in the 00s and I didn't like the mars volta, but now listening to their first album, I see it was consistent with the type of music that was being done in the 2000s. It feels nostalgic to listen to it in the 2020s.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

even at its least comprehensible, i get why people like this album so much. probably would have been huge to my teenage self.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Bruh, je reconnaissance seulement le groupe de nom. Mon dieu que je me suis prit une claque dans la face à matin! Je sais pas trop comment décrire le style, un genre de radiohead moins depressif pis plus jazzy/prog. Bref, je kiff

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

O álbum começa super animado e vai ficando mais psicodélico pro final, mantendo o virtuosismo. Deu vontade de casar com esse álbum kkkk

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

I was really surprised how much I liked this, even with a minor headache at the time. Don't think there was a track I didn't like. Inertiatic Esp was my favourite of the bunch. I must say the drumming and guitars are all top notch, made me air play those instruments in the car. The vocalist is really great and I particularly like how some of the songs are interrupted by the sound effects. Gives the intensity a nice break.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

One of my alltime favorite albums. Such an intense blend of post-punk, prog metal, jazz, synthy stuff. One of a kind. Also big words that may or may not mean anything. Favorite Tracks: Televators, Cicatriz ESP, Son et Lumiere/Inertiatic ESP

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Really love this album. I understand why people complain about the wailing, it is pretty intense, but I love it. It's funny to hear people call them pretentious. Isn't ratting someone's art with your anonymous internet opinion a tad on the pretentious side? Either way this album screams. Songs are interesting and engaging. Peaks and valleys. Light and dark. Enjoy with an open mind.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

One of those albums that just explodes your head the first time you hear it. Unlike anything else. Unbelievable talent on display and killer, weird tunes.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Like a Texan Biffy Clyro - which is intented as a massive compliment! I loved At The Drive-in, but hadn't listened to much of The Mars Volta before - I am now regretting that. Added all their albums to my list off the back of this one. Loved every second of it, wish I could give it 6 (or 7) stars!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Classic! I bought this album the when it came out on a whim cause I thought the cover was cool .

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Aha, I know this one. This is one of those pure gems of an album that always gives you something new every time you listen to it. The concept is dense, the music spans from metal to prog to Latin-inspired to jazz and everywhere in between, the performances are unreal, and it basically just goes hard as fuck for 70 minutes straight. I love this album

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Mon May 02 2022
5

One of my favorite albums. Glad they re-pressed it

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Tue May 17 2022
5

God, I love this album, I could listen to it every day.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Wild album! Still feels pretty modern. Highly recommend!

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Thu May 26 2022
5

Aż musiałem przeskoczyć żeby odsłuchać (nie pierwszy raz). Kocham ten album całym serduszkiem, na liście moich albumów 10/10 zdecydowanie ma swoje miejsce. Bardzo ciekawy głos, drastyczny acz pasjonujący koncept, szalone koncepcje liryczne, wszystko tu jest niesamowicie tripowe i wciągające. Brzmi kosmicznie - i to nie w stylu "tania space opera", tylko naprawdę niepokojąco obco. No i widać duże umiejętności techniczne artystów. Nawet nie wypada mówić tu, jaki utwór jest highlightem - tego albumu się słucha całego lub w ogóle.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

I saw another hour long album after so many in the last few days and thought god damn it. But this hit me in the right spot. I absolutely loved it. Heard the name but didn't know what to expect. This just scratched an itch that I absolutely love. Just some really great music and I'm going to explore the rest of the catalogue.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

wait what the heck....this is SO good. I love prog rock!!

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Absolutely loved At The Drive-In, so I'm not sure how this passed me by. It's great though, lots of scope and variety on top of ATDI's distinctive sound.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Has a energetic powerful ambience. The instrumentals remind me of TOOL but the sometimes the irrational lyrics remind me of some of SOAD works like “Peephole” where they seem nonsensical but are anything but. Very fun album.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

A record I can listen intently in my headphones or cranked in the car. Vocal slayings and solid grooves throughout. Beginning to end a great work from beginning to end.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
5

Thematically and musically reminded me of "The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance (one of the most baffling exclusions from this list, by the way). You could tell me the singer is Gerard Way's older brother and I would honestly believe you. I really love it. The completely batshit lyrics, the guitars, vocals, drumming.. it all works so well together. "Track-marked amoeba lands craft, cartwheel of scratches, dress the tapeworm as pet, tentacles smirk please" I have absolutely no idea what you're saying my guy, but it sounds cool so I'll let it slide.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

This is not the object to change any opinions about prog or the Volta, but it seems to arrive in one's life precisely where it's most needed. It's a quick hour, but contains enough tricks (very lush for Rubin) to establish itself as a 21st century prog album, a load of ambition, plenty of meaning-evading. Put that way, the record sounds like a mixed bag, and I suppose it is: Something brimmeth over, certainly. But I still can't shake the feeling that De-Loused is something special, and it makes me grin.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

6 star

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

These mfs go hard on this one you best believe. They're playing like their lives depend on it!!!

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

They're definitely doing something. Not really sure what it is but it's not nothing. Something like the thing that Radiohead does but way less like that thing. It's definitely not nothing. Certainly made me think about what the thing is a lot. Still not sure. For the amount it's made me think I'm technically bound to give it a five star by my universal rating rationale but it doesn't feel like the right thing to do in this instance. Getting toward the end now, Cicatriz Esp starting to bring it together. Holy fuck what a bring back! Nah five stars.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Amazing!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Wow what an amazing album - every song was great

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Sat Sep 10 2022
5

It's impossible to review this album without sounding like a pretentious twat...so I'm not going to bother. Listen to it yourself you lazy sods.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Just yesterday I typed in my Aqualung review how Mars Volta is one of my exceptions where I can ignore the obscurity and abstrusity of the lyrics. And here they are on my doorstep. What makes them different then? Maybe it's the conviction with which Cedric belts out his cryptic lyrics. Perhaps it's Omar's beautiful guitar work that accompanies the whole thing. Or the fact that they really just throw you into the deep end of their fucked up fantasy world with no life preserver, while other prog bands offer you the occasional respite in the kiddie pool. You either learn to swim and love it, or drown, but you're never going to find yourself surrounded by a bunch of kids with pool noodles splashing and peeing in the water (peeing in the water is my analogy for prog bands that get a little too sybaritic). In other words, I appreciate that Mars Volta have their vision, and go all the way with it, holding nothing back, no subtlety, no pandering, this music is theirs and on their terms. And damn if it doesn't sound great! As much as I dislike this ugly cover, and don't want to see it muck up my flawless summary page, I can't deny that this is as good as prog-rock gets in my book. 5 stars!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Classic prog weirdness. Love this album.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Unrelenting and whip-smart

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Unrivaled. Don't think it's their best album (I have a weakness for France The Mute) but definitely a 5-start

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Brilliant in every way: song writing, palpable energy, performance of every instrument, vocals for the ages. This album and band have long been an obsession!

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Another favorite

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

4.5

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

I was sceptical before and throughout, but after all I enjoyed the album.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Favs: Inertiatic Esp; Roulette Dares; Eriatarka Mehs: Son et Lumiere "Speculative fiction telling the first-person story of someone in a drug-induced coma, battling the evil side of his mind!" That's for me! With Mars Volta songs, I either really love an individual song or would skip a song each time. On songs like Inertiatic Esp, you get some really seriously great Rush-like, Muse-like, dash-of-King-Crimson prog-rock.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Another band i had misconceptions of. Top quality rock. The 1w minute track in the middle i appreciated without enjoying, so it drops a star for that.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Era verdad lo que decía residente del baterista, bah.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

A little draining at times due to sheer pitch, but overall fun and enjoyable. I could probably return to this, but it doesn't have anything dragging me back, which puts squarely in the 4.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

This album still rocks. Still missing a lot of the imagery references used, but it’s still a beautiful album.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

something to listen to if you like broken bells and wished they yelled more

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

4/5

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

My ears hurt from how hard this is going! Fav song: Eriatarka

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Wut.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Emo flavored prog rock - as the genre might suggest, it is a very pretentious album! However, it's so unself-conscious about it that it circles back around to being delightful in the same way that an all-out campy halloween display is delightful. I'm charmed. Don't get too distracted by the nonsensical lyrics because each instrumentalist is impressive and essential in their own right. Favorite track - Cicatriz Esp, Televators

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Their heads barely out of the ashes of At The Drive-In, Omar Rodriguez López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala did not waste any time to rebound by forming The Mars Volta, sprinkling seventies psychedelia, latin rhythm inflexions and Zappaesque circumvolutions in their already charged post-hardcore formula. *Deloused In the Comatorium* is the result of this quick mutation, and akin to a phoenix rising over its former shell's self-implosion, the new band does a very fine job setting up high expectations for what was to come. Standout tracks "Inertiatic Esp", "The Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) and "This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed" are especially convincing, flaunting a technical prowess that is in service of songs sporting roaring choruses like so many badges of honor. None of the digressions in those tracks are unnecessary, and the overall production is neat and on-point, displaying very clear and panoramic vistas of the multi-layered mess so as to help the listener make sense of it. Bixler-Zavala's lyrics are cryptic as ever, digging the exact same surreal trench as the one he had dug as the At The Drive-In frontman, and his crystal-clear, energetic vocals are reaching new heights, even though he never forgets to also bring emotion and subtle nuance when needed. It's a little unfortunate, however, that the Mars Volta could not apply the same self-editing principles and direly needed restraint for a bunch of tracks across the middle of the record. See for instance "Eriatarka" and "Cicatriz Esp", where mastermind Rodriguez López desperately--and often vainly--tries to reach a full-on psychedelic scope the band would only really attain for their second LP, the criminally underestimated *Frances The Mute* (which is probably the best homage to seventies prog-rock madness ever penned this side of the 21st century, and a piece of work far more sweeping and ambitious than their first effort). In comparison to its successor, some of the tracks in *Deloused In The Comatorium* are either too short or too long, or maybe even *both*, oddly enough--too short for the ambient meandering interludes inside them to really stick and go somewhere--and too long for the *exact same reason*, mainly that those aimless interludes should have probably been better left off on the cutting room floor so as to give a little muscle to the overall songs If *Frances The Mute* avoided those pitfalls by giving its most experimental moments much-needed conceptual and atmospheric points, such miracles only too rarely happened in the rest of the band's career. After their second album, The Mars Volta even quickly got lost into their own free-jazz proclivities (read "ass"), spawning a handful of albums that did not add anything genuinely meaningful to the initial formula. And when that string of records ended, Rodriguez López and Bixler-Zaval even resorted to a reformation of At The Drive-In which turned out to be a half-baked stylistic avowal of defeat instead of the glorious reunion everyone had hoped for. Heroes fall hard sometimes. In *Deloused In The Comatorium*, the phoenix was still on the rise at least. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 995 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 0 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 3 (including this one) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 3 ]

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Este disco no lo oía completo desde que era nuevo y en aquel entonces no fue totalmente de mi agrado, pero ahora que le di sus tres o cuatro vueltas seguidas me sorprendió que se va como agua. Las canciones entre ellas tienen mucha cohesión e incluso esos interludios de efectos de sonido son una parte excelente del disco que no se vuelve aburrido en ningún momento con excelentes músicos y una voz que, aunque es chillona, cuadra perfecto con todo lo demás. Si existe un detalle que no me gusta, es que de pronto Cedric canta en un español pronunciado con las nalgas, que alguien (un pariente que en serio hable el idioma) debió haberle corregido.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Años de no escuchar este disco, oda al atasque. Aún así, tiene momentos muy atmosféricos aunque discordantes por lo que no es un disco fácil de escuchar completo. Tocan brutalmente, las letras son indescifrables. Está pesado pero es muy bueno. Es muy bueno pero está pesado. Songs: Televators, Inertiatic Esp, This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Was into this band quite a bit back in the day but kinda fell off after the third album. This one still mostly rips though

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Интро отдаёт криповым вайбом, если весь альбом будет таким - я буду знатно рад. уже не отдаёт..... но переход был крутой, да и трек его бодрость не портит. Мне уже нравится альбом, он дико разъёбывающий и бодрость и агрессив из него прям прёт! При прослушивании этого альбома я вижу какую то погоню в лесу. Альбом прям бодрячок, вот прям бодрый бодрячок. Окей, как минимум переходы звучат крипово... и даже индустриально, но это скорее всего я просто еблан. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed - пока что мой любимый трек. Прекрасная работа. 8/10.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

A neoprog classic. Frantic guitar riffs and drumming are littered throughout this one, all setting a stage for the electrifying vocal performance. Mars volta really caught lightning in a bottle on this album - it's progressive but not indulgent or plodding. Technical without being wanky. A lot of sonic and tonal shifts and inventive songwriting.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

The year 2003 was a great year for post hardcore. It saw the rise of emo and its nerdier sibling, prog-emo. Spearheaded by bands like Circa Survive and Coheed & Cambria, prog-emo was almost antithetical to its punk rock roots, epically long tracks, experimental musical soundscapes and grandiose concepts, all filtered through power chords, acrobatic vocals and a one-two gut punch. Glorious. The Mars Volta were another band that were a fixture to this subgenre, and Deloused in the Comatorium cemented their place in the pantheon of unsung heroes of this oft overlooked subgenre of 2000s punk/emo. From the way opening track Son et Lumiere begins, with the hypnotically frantic guitar tapping and urgent vocals, leading into Inertiatic Esp, you know you're in for a dynamic ride, with heavy hitters interspersed with post-rockesque interludes like Tira Me a Las Aranas and Televators. The rest of the album is an hour long journey of spazzy-yet-precise drums, textural keyboards, and guitar styles that run the gamut of angular stabs, echo-y strums, to melodically dissonant lines. What allows this album to stay rooted in its punk roots is the fact that each of the instruments, virtuosic as they are, serves the song, and that, to this writer, is what warrants multiple listens of this album. Truly a masterclass in the balance of technique, experimentation and all out emotion.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

The most insane prog rock album since the 70s. Fast and loud with a vocalist that reminds me of Tool's Keenan's vocal style, they utilize such a dynamic and atmospheric use of sound that keeps you on your toes for every minute. You could hear the prog influences all over, King Crimson prominently in "Roulette Dares," while "Drunkship of Lanterns" shows characteristics of Yes, Pink Floyd, and contemporary math rock. It's very modern... not only is it well-polished, but it uses state-of-the-art production techniques I recall hearing in prog metal and post-rock of the era. It's a wild ride from start to finish you couldn't feel bored by... there's so much to like about each track. I'll be revisiting this one often.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Oh post-prog, dammit. So weird that this is only two years after At the Drive-in‘s Relationship of Command. So from the ashes of that band came this band, and just like that was an incredible record and pushed the post Hardcore genre up to another level this album kind of does that too. I feel like I would need to sit down with the lyrics and really give this and attentive listen to find out what is truly going on.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Huh. I actually enjoyed this!

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Remember when Chris and Mark became friends over their experience of...um... experiencing this band live?

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Weird but superb, a couple of spine tingling moments. Who knew that weird guitar jam with latin beats and a lunatic would be so compelling

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Need to listen more but enjoyed it a fair bit.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Fuck there's a lot going on here. I dont pick up much on lyrics but the music hooked me after I initially thought "No". But then reading up on the album on Wikipedia I now feel I need to go through the lyrics. Needs a full re-listen again

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Love this album! I have no idea what any of the lyrics are about and the song titles make no sense. I could listen to this album over and over again. Tangent: I had about a 2 year period between the start of my last semester of college before I met my wife. I was pretty lonely and that's the period of time when I started running. This album came out during that time and I would listen to the MP3's on one of those goofy mp3 players that strapped around your arm all the time. Music from this era always reminds me of that goofy time in my life where I was really lonely, but kind of really found myself through running.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Have you ever met a dumbass sporting an afro? Me either.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Most of the music I enjoyed. There were only a couple of moments where I thought the "new tech sounds" were a bit forced in the music, but overall, enjoyable.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

It is an ambitious and creative work, reinventing prog-rock for the post-"rock" generation. (7/10) FT: Inertiatic ESP, Roulette Dares, Televators

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

I guess some of the music was cool. Pretty long though. 7/10

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Best Song: Inertiac Esp. The true kickoff to the album, this song launches like a rocket and never slows down. Worst Song: Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of). Very atmospheric, but slower than I want from this group. Overall: Chaotic music with a progressive edge, constantly cutting in with fits and starts. Complex enough to always be interesting and nostalgic enough for me that I have a sweet spot for it.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Yea this was best. Before omar started controlling everything

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Hi ha una diferència notable entre el rock experimental que tracta d'obrir nous camins fet per ments artístiques i inspirades i el perpetrat per wannabes amb ambicions. Gran part de la tradició, que a les últimes décades s'extén amb bandes com Butthole Surfers als '80, Super Furry Animals als '90 o The Icarus Line als '00, per posar tres exemples distanciats entre sí, es basa en la intenció d'acumular sons i la pretensió d'epatar a l'oient, sense pràcticament res aprofitable en les seves propostes. The Mars Volta és una altra cosa, molt diferent. Rock visionari, amb textures úniques, mutacions de géneres i melodies identificables. Aquest primer disc tras la ruptura de At the Drive-In ja deixa veure tota la màgia que portaven al seu interior, i que gairebé mai va deixar d'assecar-se fins la seva dissolució

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Ah fuck, I don't want to listen to modern prog rock today. What frustrates me about this band is that they are clearly talented, and I can hear bits and pieces of what I loved so much about Relationship of Command. However, this band is not that band, and for all of the good elements of this album, it's never going to achieve the raw power of Relationship of Command. On the other hand, this album is a good listen overall. I want it to be something that it is not, but that's on me. The vocals and the instrumentation are very good on this album. It's also less proggy than other stuff I've listened to from Mars Volta. Guess I got to give it 4 stars, especially since listening to this album improved my shitty mood moderately 4/5 4/5

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Barasta ansi hressandi og skemmtilegt, hæfilega tilraunakennt og kröfugt. Fjarki, nær fimmu en þristi.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

Pretty good stuff at times

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

I kinda figured I'd be the only one in the group with a positive view of this one. I really dug this album when it first came out, and still mostly do. While I think I prefer At the Drive-In, the previous band from The Mars Volta's driving creative forces, I like "Deloused in the Comatorium" and "Frances the Mute." I totally get why they can be too much though. To many, the vocals are probably polarizing, or just straight-up off-putting. But I don't mind the frantic, high-energy shrieking. The pace shifts are also off-putting to many I believe. Something about time signatures? I kinda know what that means musically, but will probably sound ignorant trying to describe it. The songs quickly accelerate or decelerate, and sometimes devolve into chaotic noise or meandering background sounds. I don't know, but I dig it. And I listened to ATDI's "Relationship of Command" again, and like it even more than "Deloused."

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

not sure what this is but i like it. Rock, avante guard, shoutness with plinky plunky bits.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Killer album from a very unique band

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

This is a band I had heard of but knew nothing about. Didn't even know what kind of music they play! Turns out it's kind of a meld between NuMetal and Pop Punk. Aka, it's probably not for everyone but I really enjoyed it. Love the weird song names and the wild long guitar solos.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

trippy as hell still, really holds up. those soaring vocals

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Альбом интересный, как и прогрок в целом. Какие-то вещи даже King Crimson напомнили.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Man... it took me some time to get used to the vocal and style, but when I did, I found lots of depth. Sophisticated compositions, playing with tempo and rhythm but at the same time maintaining the scale of an opera. It was an experience.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Great but at the drive in is sorely missed

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Good

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Here's an album that I hated when it came out and liked this time around. I don't know that it's the album that aged well. I think it's more that I've become more open to weird shit as I've gotten older. And this is definitely weird. It's a post-prog concept album which... well, it would have been a hard no for me except that the drum work here is exceptional. Jon Theodore absolutely crushes and manages to keep everything on the rails even when the rest of the crew is skewing into chaos. So many bands in the same vein end up sounding like the musical equivalent of the guy who gets so high, walks in the kitchen, forgets what he came here for, and starts trying to bake a cake without a recipe because "that sounds awesome right now, dude." Jon Theodore's strong rhythm backbone keeps everything coherent. The music never forgets what it was doing. The biggest issue with "De-loused in the Comatorium" is the same thing that plagues most concept albums. The songs make no damn sense. In attempting to tell a story that spans a whole album, none of the tracks say anything of substance. Add on the fact that the "concept" is itself kind of a disjointed fever-dream and you're left with mostly nonsensical vocals. And that's a real shame because the musicianship is exceptional, the production is fantastic, and the performances are powerful. But the end result is just... mostly good.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Quand cet album est sorti, j'avais de grosses attentes parce que je venais de découvrir At The Drive-In, groupe précédent dans lequel figuraient Omar Rodriguez-Lopez et Cedric Bixler-Zaval, et l'album Relationship of Command était une grosse claque au visage. J'adorais cet album et j'avais hâte d'entendre la suite. Puis il y a eu la dissolution du groupe. Mars Volta est un des groupes né des cendres d'At The Drive-In. On retrouve ici la voix vraiment intéressante de Cedric et l'énergie qu'on avait dans At The Drive-In. On est moins post-hardcore et un peu plus rock progressif/psychédélique. La production de Rick Rubin sur ce premier album complet est impeccable comme à l'habitude. Les manipulations sonores, notamment sur la voix et les rythmes latins amènent un vent frais sur ce rock très énergique. Encore aussi bon aujourd'hui. Pièces préférées: This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed, Drunkship Of Lanterns

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Aggréablement surpris, album concept très intéressant, définitivement à réessayer et aussi jeter un coup d'oeil au reste de leur discographie.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Such a cool album, the driving fast tempo is fantastic.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Who is The Mars Volta? A greatly under-rated and amazing band.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

Liked it more than I expected.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

They try so hard, but its solid stuff

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

This is very modern in a retro way- has all the ingredients I like (musicianship, weird oddbeat things and wailing vocals that make no sense). It borrows from lots of other sources (in a good way) from Muse to Rush and even way back to 70's Prog and Psychadelic Rock. The only thing I would level at it is that it feels very contrived ( which may be their intention?). I do like it.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Experimental rock, sounds like newer Jack White. It's pretty good.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Favorit

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Very original, although a bit exhausting to listen to because of the constant rhythm changes and the many layers of sound. Since the tracks do not feel like cohesive pieces, the transitions between tracks are not as noticeable. As a result, the album feels like one hour long piece, which is too much, in my opinion.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

4.5 this shit is good

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised. Fast paced songs. Heavy rock on a lot of songs. Sounds a bit like Rush without the long hippy nerdy interludes, and with maybe some Rusted Root percussion thrown in on some and some fast System of A Down type patterns on others. Definitely some tricky drum rhythms. There are some slow filler type songs mixed in that I would rather skip, but the fast ones hit pretty hard.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

ALBUM GRADE: B ALBUM RATING: 3.89 TRACK RATINGS: 1. Son et Lumière - 4.0 2. Inertiatic ESP - 4.0 3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt of) - 4.0 4. Tira Me a las Arañas - 3.5 5. Drunkship of Lanterns - 3.5 6. Eriatarka - 4.0 7. Cicatriz ESP - 4.0 8. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed - 3.5 9. Televators - 4.0 10. Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt - 4.0

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Classic

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Surprisingly good rock! Musical and heavy when it needs to be.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
4

Even Scott Davidson likes this

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Sat Sep 10 2022
4

this is definitely what King Charles III is listening to to come to terms with the death of his mumsy. i never got the mars volta before, probably because i was a simpleton indie centric tosser, maybe its the death of a monarch that has opened my Rudi van DiSarzio style 'Door of Kukundu' and allowed the light in. some of this is brilliant.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

A solid prog rock album. It has some great moments on it

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

7/10 this is dope

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This is one of those albums that took me a few times to really get into. Which I've luckily done already a few years ago. If I had heard it for the first time today, I might've written it off as prog rock that is trying too hard to make as many sounds as possible. The whole fusion of jazz, experimental, latin, sound manipulation and straightup hardcore matches so remarkably well that the whole album feels like a storytelling. The switching between spacy, balladlike singing and fullblown machinegun drumming keeps you on your toes the whole time.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

One of the best! Prog rock with fresh sounds, still feels cutting edge 20 years later.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Very good must listen again. It’s like MCR meets prog rock

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Incredibly weird at points but I think it makes the record a fun experience. The lyrics are fine, the vocals are cool, the guitars are great and the drums are so active. The production was incredible and the album was comprehensive which is a great thing for any album. No song sticks out in a bad way, they're all interesting and fun to listen to. Favorite Track: This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed, Inertiatic Esp Least Favorite Track: Tira Me a Las Aranas

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Fun one. Tapped into my 70’s prog rock concept album pleasure center. A little like Muse making The Wall.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Impressive modern prog rock, notes of Rush and King Crimson with some touches of modern rock like My Chemical Romance. Liked it but lyrically it overly reaches to be something nuanced

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Didn't get it first time hearing it, but I really enjoyed it after listening to it a few time afterwards.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This was really good. Trippy, creative, hard driving and free-ranging. Lyrics are completely obtuse, but I don't even mind. A lot of subtle moving parts in these songs. I imagine you'd hear something new every time you listen to it. Fave Songs: Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of), Inertiatic ESP, Drunkship of Lanterns, Eriatarka, Son et lumière, Televators

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Excellent band, unique sound and excellent album.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

10/03/2022 Playing a lot of catch-up today. This album was a fucking monster. The instruments go so fucking hard, they step on your chest, and don't take their weight off of you for the entirety of the album. I really love the singer's voice. There seems to be some kind of ominous, dark energy surrounding this album though, so I'm not sure if it was good enough to pull me back in for another listen. I'm very particular about my sad and brooding albums They remind me of so many different bands all at once. Muse was the first that came to my mind. I would typically give an album like this 3 stars, but the instrumentation on this album is just so incredible and so tight that I have to bump it up to four stars even though it's unlikely that I would ever listen again.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised. Fast paced songs. Heavy rock on a lot of songs. Sounds a bit like Rush without the long hippy nerdy interludes, and with maybe some Rusted Root percussion thrown in on some and some fast System of A Down or Tool type patterns on others. Definitely some tricky drum rhythms. There are some slow filler type songs mixed in that I would rather skip, but the fast ones hit pretty hard.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

The start was extremely strong but the tail end of the album blended together

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

what is this? prog metal? it sounds pretty cool I don’t like metal but I love bands that make the most out of the genre, Mr. Bungle is probably the best example anyway, this was really enjoyable I’d say it’s a solid 8/10

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Recuerdo haber escuchado este disco alla cuando fue lanzado y no lo entendi mucho, no entendi la propuesta ni la idea ni la musica. yo estaba ahi por las guitarras y las melodias, pero todas las complejidades me pasaron por alto. Supongo que nunca es tarde para recuperar un disco, para volver al pasado y escuchar aquello que se ignoro. Mas vale tarde que nunca. Al final, este disco es toda una sorpresa, un rock progresivo lleno de ideas y recovecos, un album que se puede escuchar una y otra vez.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

I just knew Rush and Dream Theater. This wasn't an easy listening, it took me a few plays, and even though I have mixed feelings about the nonsensical lyrics, I can't get out of my head that exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed. Love the complexity, the changes in tempo, and especially the drums. I'll be checking out their other albums soon.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

streak of very good shit

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Well, another band I have had a lot of reservations about - to me the Mars Volta are rather overwrought - from the name, to the lyrics, to the 8 min songs. On paper they should have been one of my favourite bands - being that I was a big fan of At The Drive In... but.. anyway.. back to this album My first reaction at revealing this album was of dismay, however, I actually enjoyed most of it - a lot of it stuck from previous listens, oh so many years ago, and it still holds up after all these years. I actually liked it quite a bit especially given I started with a negative precondition. All in all it has a lot to sink your teeth into, and the intricacies of the songs aren't going to turn up within 24 hours - however, it's a solid record, despite its length, it's never boring, and merrily steam rolls through its 1 hour of length easily. One thing about this 1001 album exercise - it gives you perspective - I've now hear albums which have the traits I had disliked about Mars Volta, amplified many times over, so in comparison, this is almost feels like a Ramones album in terms of lean-ness - only relatively.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Well, this was awesome. I don’t recognize a single bit of it, although I should have been exposed when it was new back in 2003. I don’t think I would have been ready to like it then, but I love it now. I’m still never a fan of the screamo voice. But I could look past it, and maybe after repeated lessons I’ll get over it. That’s really the only drawback!

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

Learned about this band through Flea and John Frusciante playing on their albums, haven't listened to it in a while and frankly forgot how much I like their music. I don't think I've heard mars volta music I didn't like but it does require me to be in a certain mood but when I am it's brilliant!

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

By coincidence I just listened to this album a few days ago. It's great!

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Very good but too dense

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

An enjoyable ear journey.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
4

Very 2003, but love the progginess of it all with the interconnected tracks.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

Mistenke at da kan bli litt slitsomt i lengden, men enn så lenge va da bra

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

time has been unkind to this band in a way that it really hasn't for At the Drive-In. insane musicianship that is almost hard to appreciate because the entire thing seems to drip with smugness. this album in particular might be the peak of Cedric's self-gratifying pretentious lyrics. stupid album, amazing musicians.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

The music is good but definitely not as good as I remembered, it really rubbed me the wrong way this time. This album oozes pretentiousness in ways I can't explain

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Sounds like prog rock

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Sat Sep 04 2021
3

Es ist vor allem eins: abwechslungsreich! Schlägt Haken und Volten (!) wie nur ein wendiger Geist oder System of a Down dies vermag. Oder Fühl mich an eine Emo/Indie Zeit zurück erinnert, für die ich knapp zu alt war, aber immerhin in Ausläufern (The Cooper Temple Clause, Dredg, Juno,…) dann doch mehr als nur ein Ohr offen hatte. Wird hier kein ähnliches Erweckungserlebnis, aber partiell bleibt es haftender als kukident. Meine prall mit bestickerten Notizbüchlein („Eriatarka“ Skizzen!) verseuchte Umhängetasche hängt tiefer als 3.4

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

A very powerful album intense and deep. Stylistically varied and interesting. Can't possibly absorb it all in one listen but I intend to delve deeply in the coming days 3.5 🌟

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

I remember liking this record back in the day but I haven't listened to it in years. I'm not a huge fan of the singer's voice - find it a bit grating. There is a lot going on, it's a bit hard to get into. I guess that's prog rock for you - which is typically not my thing. Still, it's definitely an interesting record. Not as good as I remember or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. Makes sense for it to be on this list.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

This was okay. There were some good songs, but they were all so long... If every song was capped at 4 minutes this would be a really good album.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

The album has a good flow start to finish. A decent listen if you are in the right mood

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Really exceptional album, amazing musicianship and an interesting energetic sound. I'm just not sure it's one I would play all the time. A really nice change of pace though

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

One to return to. Intriguing, if noisy

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

The energy and angst and strong here, though they lean a bit too much into the Primus funk/experimental camp for my tastes. Still, we're it is energy without spazz, it is excellent.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Eksperimenterende psykedelisk rock, Imponerende lydunivers, velkomponeret

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

decent alternative album but doesn't add enough for me to rate it higher

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

Nice, but it wasn't able to deeply deliver its mood to me.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Didn't like at first, started to like it at the third heard

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Rock progresivo raruno. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

Interesting music

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

3.5, very enjoyable, extremely talented

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Tue Dec 14 2021
3

This is one of the albums that made me pivot in my listening styles. The story telling is awesome and the music always keeps you on your toes. Really good stuff.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

This is an absolutely crazy debut album from a band that I've never heard of before (even though it was released during my lifetime unlike most albums on this list). I was skeptical before and during the first set of songs, but the album *slowly* hooked me more and more throughout. It is not something I would want to listen to all of the time, but I can definitely appreciate it for what it is. The album is finely crafted from an instrumental perspective with everyone giving it their all here. If I had to describe it to someone who had never heard of this band before, I would say it is My Chemical Romance if they made experimental rock in the 1970s. The MCR vibes mainly come from the lead singer's vocals which sound nearly identical to Gerard Way's and from the overall emo feeling present on every track. While I enjoyed the vocals for the most part, it was hard for me to understand what he was saying at some points which led me to focus more on the instrumentals. From that perspective, the progressive rock staples are all here which is both a good and bad thing. While this style allows for more freedom and expression through instruments, it also tends to allow for a bloated feeling due to long tangents during songs. For example, Cicatriz Esp's outro last way too long for what it is (incoherent noise with distorted ocean-like noises in the background). This eventually leads to more great guitar and drum work, but it leaves me wondering how much of the album could be trimmed down to make for a more cohesive and focused listen. In short, although I don't think this album fully clicked with me, I still respect it and had a good time listening to it. 3/5. NOTE: I was pleasantly surprised to see that Flea, one of my favorite rock stars of all time, played bass on the majority of this album due to the original bassist leaving the band before the album's recording. This makes complete sense and definitely sounds like him upon further inspection (Drunkship Of Lanterns features some of his craziest work on bass even when including all of the RHCP discography).

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Sounds like a mix between Tool and Muse, to me there was some nice things attempted just doesn't hit the mark for me.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Gran disco!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

my chemical romance - esque emo rock 3.5

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Very decent although very samey - the singer has a good voice.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

An amalgamation of Led Zepplin, QOSTA, My Chemical Romance and Ricky Martin has produced quite satisfactory results.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

I mean, this is high-intensity noodling and the melodies are pretty strong, but it just feels like it goes on forever and I start to tune it out.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
3

This is really interesting. Reminds me of a harder rock version of Yes at times with the sudden, loud staccato outbursts. Definitely worthy of further listens. 3 stars.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

I'm singing high. I'm singing low. -this album It's not a bad album but I'm not going to be extolling its virtues on high.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Fine album. Gets boring near the end. The drums are great

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

Le lundi n'est pas une journée que j'apprécie particulièrement, c'est pourquoi la qualité de mes reviews tent à diminuer en cette journée. En effet, dès mon reveil, j'ouvre le générateur après 3 jours de pause comme chaque semaine. De là, je me retrouve systématiquement noyé sous une multitude de commentaires de mon camarade d'écoute robpellemèle, qui accorde des notes ahurissantes à chaque album que Robert met gentillement à notre disposition. Cet effet s'estompe progressivement au fil de la semaine, d'où le regain en qualité de mes reviews courant mercredi.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

good

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

This is one of those records that I don't necessarily dislike but I don't completely like either. It manages to get my attention in some parts, but in general I find it overly long and cerebral. I honestly would have preferred to see Relationship In Command by At The Drive-in in here.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Voor mijn gevoel symfonische rock met heel grappige elektronische geluidjes. Ik vind het wel heel leuk klinken. ***

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

I get it but I don't get the music. I have just never been a fan of speed any style of music. I can definitely hear the influence in latter bands. I am thinking Linkin Park and Evanescence. I could only sample this album. I just don't care to listen to an entire album of this genre. All that being said, they belong on the list and have more talent then some of the other artist chosen for this book.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

I'm awake now

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Meh. I didn't connect with this at all

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

Fun prog rock entry to start the week.... Would listen to again

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Melodic in parts

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

It's his voice. I just don't like it. I feel like if be a huge MV fan if it weren't for his voice.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
3

A Beloved Roy album Favorites: Drunkenship of Lanterns Televators

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Did not know what to expect and was still surprised. Not my thing but not bad.

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