ARTIST:

THE MARS VOLTA

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

DE-LOUSED IN THE COMATORIUM

(2003)
LABEL:

UNIVERSAL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Experimental, Psychedelic, Punk
"Between Hard Rock, Grunge and psychedelia, "De-loused In The Comatorium" is a demanding album but free of any creative limit."
TORPEDO (03.02.2004)  
4/5
(0) opinions from our readers (0) comment(s)

Strangely enough, the origins of The Mars Volta are to be found in the Punk-Hardcore movement. Born from the ashes of the band At The Drive In, the group started to play rock music that would allow them to express their ideas and visions of things. Their first CD, "De-loused in the Comatorium", was based on the suicide of an artist friend of the singer.

The concept of this album is a kind of fictional celebration of the life of this man. The hero tries to commit suicide by an overdose of morphine. But instead of ending it, he ends up in a coma. For a week, he is carried away in mind-boggling psychic experiences before emerging from this coma. In the end he prefers to die.

The music in "De-loused" is far from representing the dark side of this story. Without completely forgetting to make feel a certain heaviness and to present a light unhealthy side, the compositions develop in a very personal style characterized by an alternation of calm passages then without transition of nervous and violent passages. The vocals and the anger that emerge from these bouts of frenetic madness are strongly reminiscent of Muse. But The Mars Volta is totally free from this reference by its atmosphere bathing in a 70's hard rock genre close to Led Zeppelin while keeping a very unbridled grunge side.

The guitars are enormously solicited, the rhythms are energetic with percussions adding to the drums to bring even more speed and the powerful, sometimes distorted vocals, only add more strength to the already very dynamic tracks. To slow down a little the infernal rhythm imposed by this team of sweet nuts, some parts simulating the phases of coma without activity are transcribed by long movements interpreted by soaring guitars in a very psychedelic style.

The music of The Mars Volta is very catchy and at first glance quite easy to grasp. However, listening to it from start to finish is quite a hardship. The brutal changes of tempo and phrasing, the sonic delirium trying with a certain success to adapt musically the different stages of the coma can in concert destabilize and tire. Of the progressive genre, "De-Loused" has finally only the concept: to have no limit to its creative inspiration.


More informations on http://www.themarsvolta.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. Son Et Lumiere
02. Inertiatic Esp
03. Roulette Dares (this Is The Haunt)
04. Drunkship Of Lanterns
05. Tira Me A Las Arañas
06. Eriatarka
07. Cicatriz Esp
08. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed
09. Televators
10. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt

LINEUP:
Cedric Zavala: Chant
Isaiah Owens: Claviers
Jon Theodore: Batterie
Juan Alderete: Basse
Omar Rodriguez-lopez: Guitares
   
(0) OPINION(S) FROM OUR READERS    
Top of the page
   
(0) COMMENT(S)    
 
 
Top of the page
READERS
4.5/5 (2 view(s))
STAFF:
3/5 (4 view(s))
MY RATING
 
 
OTHER REVIEWS
AL STEWART: Year Of The Cat (1976)
ROCK - "Year of the cat" is an album that has been unjustly forgotten and left aside by too many generations of music lovers who will be able to appreciate its multiple qualities.
LANDMARQ: Solitary Witness (1992)
PROGRESSIVE ROCK - Trial and master stroke for Landmarq who offers with "Solitary Witness" a first album of enchanting neo-progressive rock, perhaps its best opus to date.
 
STREAMING
 
 
OTHER(S) REVIEWS ABOUT THE MARS VOLTA
THE-MARS-VOLTA_Noctourniquet
Noctourniquet (2012)
4/5
1.7/5
ROADRUNNER RECORDS / PROGRESSIVE ROCK
 
F.A.Q. / You found a bug / Terms Of Use
Music Waves - Rock (Progressive, Alternative...), Hard Rock (AOR, Melodic,...) & Metal (heavy, progressive, melodic, ...) Media
Reviews, News, Interviews, Advices, Promotion, Releases, Concerts
© Music Waves | 2003 - 2022