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The Mars Volta


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4.19 | 1262 ratings

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5 stars De-loused in the Comatorium is an amazing album, and it's hard for anyone to NOT see the genius in it. It is the Mars Volta's first album, and is a concept album. It is based on a short story by Cedric Bixler-Zavala, which in turn is based on a real life event that happened to a friend of theirs, I believe. By the way, the story itself is absolutely amazing, even though it can be quite hard to follow at times, as it speaks exclusively in metaphors.

This album is full of wonderful flavour, it brings originality with each different songs. The songs on the album sound very latin influenced, with progressiveness, jazz fusion, and even a bit of punk in there from the At the Drive-In days. Deloused in the Comatorium is basically one single song that is broken into separate tracks narrating the things happening to the main character, Cerpin-Taxt.

Just to say, the Mars Volta, while not a Metal band, is quite heavy and loud and fast. They come from a punk band, and their music is quite chaotic sounding, but it does slow down in parts, primarily to allow for experimentation of bizarre sounds in a Pink Floyd-ish kind've feel.

Overall, this is their best album, and is very rewarding to listen to. I also highly recommend reading the story the album is based off of, it will take your mind places.

HammerOfPink | 5/5 |


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