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The Mars Volta


Heavy Prog

3.25 | 109 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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2 stars In the beginning...

One of today's leading pioneers of the Heavy Progressive scene released this excellent EP back before the light of their debut album, Deloused In The Comatorium. It represents a sneak peak of the band for those who were following them as the recently deceased At The Drive In and holds a mere 3 songs that remain exclusive to this disc. It shows a unique band ready to head into the studio to record a killer album, but is - these days - more of a disc for the fans, as it does no longer represent the band and their direction like it did back before their first album.

That said, it does hold a lot of very good material. The three songs present are some of Volta's stronger efforts, especially the standout Concertina which has become a fan favorite over the years. The other two songs are more rooted in Volta's famous noise tradition, using a lot of bizarre effects between the utter chaos that is their music. Cut That City especially, the 5-minute song opens up with a good 2-minutes of bizarre ambient effects before even revealing the band for the first time. Eunuch Provocateur is the longest song on the album, clocking in at almost 9-minutes. It's not nearly the strongest song on the album, but it still manages to leave and impression and give a good indication that the band would be able ot compose longer works in the future.

While it was to be many hardcore fan's starting point to the group it would not be recommended as a starting point to new listeners. However, if you can find it for a good price then feel free to go ahead and buy it, because it is a godo 15-minute gem of an album. By ProgArchives rating standards the most comfortable rating for this one is 2 stars, fans and collectors only - just know that the material is well worth getting for the Volta follower.

Queen By-Tor | 2/5 |


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