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DE-LOUSED IN THE COMATORIUM

The Mars Volta

 

Heavy Prog

4.22 | 943 ratings

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EatThatPhonebook
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5 stars 9/10

"De-loused In The Comatorium" is a crazy masterpiece that is one of the highest works in modern progressive.

This is an album that I loved, then it irritated me a bit, and now I love it again, more than before. "Deloused" is certainly the best Mars Volta album, and one of the best album of the decade.

The album is classified sometimes as Heavy Prog, but the band has many influences, such as metal, jazz, latin music, Hard Rock, and electronic. Only for convenience we can define them as Heavy Prog, or just Progressive Rock.

The album is very well structured: ten songs, some short, some are longer, but it manages to stay long ( more than an hour of music).

The album has a brief, but interesting intro, "Son Et Lumiere", which is connected with the second song, "Intertiatic ESP", one of the best songs of the album: catchy, extremely wild, bizarre, and with many time changes. And it lasts only four minutes.

"Roulette Dares" is a bit longer, seven minutes. Here the artistic level is even higher, more time changes, more experimentation, and even better melodies than the previous track. Definitely one of the best songs of the band.

"Tira Me A Las Aranas" is another brief track, an interlude with an interesting guitar playing. "Drunkship Of Lanterns" is another wild song, with great melodies, awesome chorus. Even this one is pretty long, seven minutes. It has some even wider experimentation than " Roulette Dares", and it is slightly better.

"Eriatarka" is a little shorter, (6 minutes), and the experimentation isn't as good as the previous track, but the melody improves, no doubt. I never was into this track, now I love it.

"Cicatriz ESP" is the longest song of the album (12 minutes), and it's perfectly structured: the first couple of minutes there's the main melody, and the chorus, but after all the experimentation starts, and the tone is a lot lightened: no more wild moments here, where we can find some exquisite jazz influences. When a few minutes remain, the song goes back to the main melody, and it finishes. Brilliant.

"The Apparatus Must Be Unheard" has probably the best melody of the album. The experimentation is weak with this one, but still, the melody saves it all. Very catchy, but it is very underrated for a song.

"Televators" is what comes closer to a ballad, since there are no drums in this one. But the atmosphere is incredibly tense, certainly the most tense song of the album. That is why this song is a key track.

"Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt" is the final song. If I had to choose the song that I like the least, it probably would be this one. It is not a bad song though; good experimentation, great melodies. And I use to hate this song as well.

The album is wonderful, an absolute masterpiece, one of those albums that completely blows you away. I recommend it to whoever loves music.

EatThatPhonebook | 5/5 |

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