Mars Volta, The - De-loused In The Comatorium

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Universal/Gold Standard Labs/Strummer
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 58:13:00

This review is excerpted from Clayton's October 5, 2003 The Prog Life column found here -ed.

Don't let the mainstream marketing and major-label (Universal) affiliation fool you. This is prog, pure and simple. Descriptions are tough to come by, but you can expect to hear influences such as Led Zeppelin, King Crimson (sometimes you'd swear that was Fripp on guitar), Pink Floyd, Rush, and Radiohead. A few of these songs even reach for RIO territory, what with their sonic blasts and noise excursions. Make no mistake: These folks would fit right in at the next NEARFest or Prog Day, and from the sound of this album, they'd tear down the house.

A fabulous piece of work with musicianship -- especially the drumming -- that is out of this world. When the major labels start signing acts like this, one can only hope that progressive music is about to make a serious comeback, albeit in a more modern style, one that harkens back not only to classic prog, but also wraps in the significant developments of modern groups such as Radiohead and Porcupine Tree. This is the best album to come from a major label in a long time. In a word: Wow!

Son Et Lumiere (1:35) / Inertiatic ESP (4:24) / Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) (7:31) / Tira Me A Las Arañas (1:29) / Drunkship Of Lanterns (7:06) / Eriatarka (6:20) / Cicatriz ESP (12:29) / This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed (4:58) / Televators (6:19) / Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt (8:42) / Bonus Track (JP/UK/AU): Ambuletz (7:03)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala - vocals
Jon Theodore - drums
Jeremy Michael Ward - sound manipulation
Isaiah Ikey Owens - keyboards
Lenny Castro - percussion


Flea - bass
John Frusciante - guitar, synthesizer (7)
Justin Meldel Johnson - stand up bass (9)

Tremulant (ep) (2002)
Deloused In The Comatorium (2003)
Live (2003)
Frances The Mute (2005)
Scabdates (2005)
Amputechture (2006)
The Bedlam In Goliath (2008)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin US

Added: October 5th 2003
Reviewer: Clayton Walnum

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