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The Mars Volta


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Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'De-Loused In The Comatorium' - The Mars Volta (8.5/10)

There aren't many bands that have released a work worthy of being called a masterpiece in their careers. There are even fewer bands who release their debut album, and it's almost instantaneously called an essential album. The Mars Volta have accomplished this, and in doing so, crafted one of the few essential albums of the new milenium, up there with Pain of Salvation's 'Remedy Lane,' Porcupine Tree's 'Deadwing' and Devin Townsend's 'Terria.'

The album has a more raw tone then the later releases, and the album benefits from this, giving it something of a punk/indie feel, with a touch of The Mars Volta's father band, At The Drive-In. As far as compositions go, the songwriting is tighter then the band's other masterpiece, 'Frances The Mute.' But there is a great level of 'weirdness' to be experienced with this music.

Songs like 'Inertiatic ESP' have alot of energy, and work really well to craft the album into what it is. The album's last song, 'Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt' is my favourite song on the album; it's one part emotional and energetic and another part relaxed psychedelic jam. Very good stuff.

Another great song of mention is the depressing ballad 'Televators.' It took me a while to get into, but it's really a beautiful song, and a sign that shows The Mars Volta know how to write a really good song.

'De-Loused In The Comatorium' is a great album, and although not all prog fans will be able to appreciate it, at the very least, it's definately worth checking out.

Conor Fynes | 5/5 |


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