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3.51 | 36 ratings | 4 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cut That City (Tremulant EP) (5:42)
2. Concertina (Tremulant EP) (4:54)
3. Eunuch Provocateur (Tremulant EP) (8:48)
4. A Plague Upon Your Hissing (DITC outtake) (4:40)
5. Ambuletz (DITC UK import) (7:03)
6. The Bible and the Breathalyzer (L'via L'viaquez single B-side) (5:17)
7. Frances the Mute (The Widow single B-side) (14:36)

Total Time 51:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Cedric Zavala / vocals
- Omar Rodriguez-Lopez / guitar
- Jon Theodore / drums
- Juan Alderete / bass
- Isaiah Owens / keyboards
- Jeremy Michael Ward / sounds
- Flea / bass
- Marcel Rodriguez / percussion

Releases information

N/A - album only released to radio stations

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THE MARS VOLTA A Missing Chromosome ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

THE MARS VOLTA A Missing Chromosome reviews

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Review by The Pessimist
2 stars The Missing Chromosome is a compilation of all the rare EP and non-album tracks from The Mars Volta's lifespan up until Amputechture. As expected, none of their more popular songs are on this record, so don't assume you are going to be as thrilled as when you listened to De-loused for the first time. But, the fact of the matter is, some of their best material lies deep within this compilation EP, and most Volta fans will something here. First, I will mention the songs not worth listening to. These would be, in my opinion, Concertina (the weakest of the three Tremulant tracks), Ambuletz and The Bible and the Breathalyzer. Concertina and Ambuletz are simply a failed attempt at ambience, and are plain boring with nothing of any value to offer. The Bible... is just noise and probably a failed experiment by Omar, it pains my ears.

Then you have your average Volta tune Cut That City, which although taking a while to start, it has some awesome atonal riffs, and the opening riff in 19/8 is one of my favourites in their catalogue. Definitely worth a ganders.

As for the brilliant tracks, there are three of them. Frances to Mute is actually about 8 minutes in length (editting out all the funky pipe effects at the beginning and the faint recappitulation of the album at the end) but within that 8 minutes we have sheer beauty. The ending is very heavy and is a great headbanging moment for Volta, and the rest is just on par, even the beautiful middle acoustic jam session. Plague Upon Your Hissing is also one of their best, with a superb and energetic drum performance from Theodore. This deserved to be on De-loused, although it wouldn't have fitted in very well. Finally, Eunuch Provocateur is probably my favourite song of all their bonus works, and it is utterly amazing. The jazz influences show up with a radiance, and if you skip the ending, this one will probably grow on you. Indeed, this is well on par with their later catalogue, and they obviously spent a lot of time on this number. I recommend most Mars Volta fans to give this a good listen.

3 terrible, 3 great and one in the middle. I think it's fair to award A Missing Chromosome 2.5 stars, as it also contains some of their unrecognised greatness. Unfortunately, only fans will take something away from it.

Review by Kempokid
4 stars While A Missing Chromosome might be little more than a bootleg compilation of b-sides along with the entire Tremulant EP, this is still without a doubt one of the most interesting bonus track collections I've heard. Not only do the tracks sound interesting and varied, but they're able to paint such a profound representation of the band's journey up to this point. The EP tracks at the start show off the post-hardcorish beginnings of the band, before things delve further and further into surreal, experimental territory that showcases the band's ability to craft detailed, evocative soundscapes. Say what you will about Bible and the Breathalyzer, some might consider it an unsuccessful experiment, but it still feels very clear that the band had the ability to move far away from those more immediate, instantly catchy and frenetic tracks from their earlier days. A Plague Upon Your Hissing is especially interesting as well thanks to the fact that it feels like a first draft of one of their most harrowing and amazing songs, Day of the Baphomets, channelling this sense of manic, anxious energy but with a distinctly heavier edge here than on the final version of the track. Frances the Mute also manages to be just as great as most of the album by the same name, so to miss out on such a masterpiece is doing a disservice if you're anything of a Mars Volta fan. So once again, despite the fact that this is a bootleg compilation of songs, it's honestly really worth a listen if you're a fan of the earlier works of the band, extremely effective as a standalone and even more effective as yet another piece of history.

Best tracks: Frances the Mute, Concertina, A Plague Upon Your Hissing

Weakest tracks: Ambuletz

Latest members reviews

4 stars Cut That City- Cedric has some aquatic distortion on his voice. This song is very At the Drive In esqe. It rocks hard however carries that Mars Volta Psychedelic Feel Concertina- This is the slow song, with nice vibes in the back making a sort of polyrhythmic feel, Nice transitions from loud to ... (read more)

Report this review (#70359) | Posted by Lex C | Thursday, February 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a hugely underknown little compilation from the band featuring all of their studio EP material and unreleased material. The track listing is as follows: -1. Cut That City (Tremulant EP) 5:42 -2. Concertina (Tremulant EP) 4:54 -3. Eunuch Provocateur (Tremulant EP) 8:48 -4. A Plague ... (read more)

Report this review (#63764) | Posted by | Sunday, January 8, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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