De-Loused in the Comatorium

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The tension that made At the Drive-In such a compelling band to watch ultimately made it impossible for the band to hold together, but this half of the good ship ATDI is proving more buoyant than ever -- so much so, in fact, that the Mars Volta often threaten to escape terra firma altogether. In sharp contrast to their frenetic fraternal twin Sparta, the Mars Volta believe that space is the place -- and to prove it, the members channel vintage Pink Floyd, droning Kraut-rock, and, for good measure, a hint of Rush during that band's highest-concept era. The last element is particularly evident on "Drunkship of Lanterns," on which ex-Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler wails ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
The tension that made At the Drive-In such a compelling band to watch ultimately made it impossible for the band to hold together, but this half of the good ship ATDI is proving more buoyant than ever -- so much so, in fact, that the Mars Volta often threaten to escape terra firma altogether. In sharp contrast to their frenetic fraternal twin Sparta, the Mars Volta believe that space is the place -- and to prove it, the members channel vintage Pink Floyd, droning Kraut-rock, and, for good measure, a hint of Rush during that band's highest-concept era. The last element is particularly evident on "Drunkship of Lanterns," on which ex-Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler wails with operatic fervor over a dizzyingly complex sonic backdrop. The prime mover in erecting that backdrop is fellow ATDI expat Omar Rodriguez, whose guitar playing -- like that of, say, Tom Morello, is more likely to comprise bleeps, squonks, and feedback loops than mere riffs friends Flea and Jon Frusciante also up the virtuosic instrumental weirdness quotient. The trick turned on De-Loused, however, is assembling those unlikely elements into memorable melodies, which -- more often than not -- the band pulls off admirably. The album closer, "Take the Veil Carpin Text," skitters along with nervous energy to spare, spilling Television-styled solos here and there. "Eriatarka," on the other hand, takes a more studied approach, its sea-chantey balladry propelled along by the upright bass of Justin Meldal-Johnson best known for his work with Beck. De-Loused in the Comatorium will certainly give the gray matter a workout, even as its twists and turns threaten the listener with whiplash.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
When Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala silenced At the Drive-In in the midst of its popular emergence, there was no question that the two artists would return with new music as exciting as their previous band. However, there was plenty of discussion in corners and over drinks about what, exactly, that music would sound like. It was clear that much more was happening under those Afros than biting, post-hardcore anthemics laced with psychedelia. In 2002, Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala returned with the single "Tremulant," attributed to their new project, the Mars Volta. Its shifting soundscapes were certainly a hint, but with the Mars Volta's ambitious De-Loused in the Comatorium, it's clear the ATDI expats' mushroom-headed hairstyles hide bulging brains that pulsate with ideas, influences, and a fever-pitch desire to take music forward, even if they're occasionally led too far afield for the audience to follow. A concept album of sorts, Comatorium is a swirling ten-song cycle inspired by Julio Venegas, a childhood friend of the band who followed his fearlessness to a self-inflicted end. While the storyline is bewilderingly obtuse, it nevertheless unifies the album's wildly shifting sounds. Thrumming, Led Zeppelin-inspired pounding gives way to the thump of a free jazz bass punctuated with blasts of guitar squelch in "Drunkship of Lanterns." Meanwhile, the windswept landscape of "Roulette Dares The Haunt Of" unfolds over seven minutes, revealing remnants of ATDI, fissures of glittering, confessional pop, and layer upon sedimentary layer of a shrieking Bixler-Zavala, harmonizing with himself over vintage 1970s organ. All of this gives way to a gentle landslide of an outro, where an expressive guitar solo that would make Carlos Santana scratch his head threads its way between brooding bass. Later, Red Hot Chili Peppers secret weapon John Frusciante stops by for "Cicatriz ESP," which undergoes a full stop after its relatively straightforward for these guys, anyway beginning, reentering the atmosphere to the fiery strains of at least three concurrently soloing guitarists. Though the brief-by-comparison ATDI-ish "Inertiatic ESP" acts as an opposite to the epic "Cicatriz ESP," the band's ardent desire for re-creation is defined in the latter song's shifting folds and faults. But while De-Loused in the Comatorium may well remove the stigma from the prog and art rock forms it suggests, and is certainly a monument to unbridled creativity, it can also be seen as bombastic and indulgent -- much like prog has been in the past. Comatorium is exciting, to be sure. But in a way, it avoids answering that old question about the Mars Volta: What will the music sound like?
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
A delight, full of weird melodies and off-kilter grooves.
Spin Magazine - Andrew Beaujon
This is a record that creates tension from the cryptic and release from the inexplicable, and it's guaranteed to blow up the transmitter of any radio station that even attempts to play it. (A)
Entertainment Weekly - Evan Serpick
The songs explode with creativity, fusing jazz riffs, tribal rhythms, hardcore bursts of noise, and addictive rock hooks into one of the most compelling discs of the year. (A-)
Blender - J.D. Considine
Be prepared to pick up your jaw.

A delight, full of weird melodies and off-kilter grooves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498602980
  • Catalog Number: 000059302
  • Sales rank: 4,087

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mars Volta Primary Artist
Lenny Castro Percussion
John Frusciante Guitar
Technical Credits
Flea Contributor
Rick Rubin Producer
David Schiffman Engineer
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Isaiah Owens Contributor
Jon Theodore Contributor
Vlado Meller Mastering
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Producer
Cerpin Taxt Quotes Researched & Compiled
Jeremy Michael Ward Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing.

    The Mars Volta is a breathtaking Progressive Rock / Experimental group. The sheer production and mixing of this album, along with every other album they have released, transcends their music past the ordinary confines of sound into something much more brilliant - artwork. When you hear this album, you will notice how much instrumentation and effects are going on in each song... and although it may be overwhelming at first and somewhat hard to listen to, you will most likely be shocked at the clarity of the production in spite of all notes and sounds. This album is more accessible than their other albums in the sense that it's not as obscure and it's actually pretty straightforward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...My God

    An intense and moving piece that deserves your full attention throughout the entire epic of a CD. Amazing keyboards in "Ikey" and Flea on bass. a versatile album that contains jazz, latin, hardcore, and jam-band influences, one of my favs of all-time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow.

    Wow. That guy was right when he said "Be prepared to pick up your jaw" after hearing De-loused in the Comatorium. Heart-pounding, complex rhythms, and overwhelming yet amazing vocals make this a unique, powerful, interesting, and cool album to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Mars Volta- De-loused in the Comatrorium Rocks!

    This is an awesome CD. My friend first introduced The Mars Volta to me and now I can't get enough! De-Loused definately ROCKS! It is one of my favorite things of all time. Cicatriz ESP is one of my favorite songs! The whole CD Rocks, I LOVE it so mucho gusto. These songs pretty much give me life I love all of them too much to even describe. The Mars Volta is one of my favorite things on the planet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best...

    ok, you have cedric and omar, + flea and other musicians having a say in this record, plus you add jon theodore... (drummer) and you have perfection, and groundbreaking stuff... the music is great, funk/jazz/rock/and much more you can't describe, its just fun, new and a great band, get this album! A+ -danny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Masterpiece

    This cd is the best by TMV. Frances the Mute is good, but not nearly as much as Deloused. Definetly one of the most experimental albums by TMV. This is a great cd if you're a new fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DITC

    PURE AWESOMENESS. this is a must have cd. track 1 Son Et Lumiere ties in awesome with track 2. infact, all tracks tie in with each other and are seamless. ends beautifully with take the veil. tells the story of a young cerpin taxt who tries to commit suicide but fails and falls into a coma. A MUST HAVE CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Mindblowing

    After a few weeks of seeing the words "The Mars Volta" everywhere, I decided to pick up this album and see what all the talk was about. Apparently, each fan of MV have an excellent taste in music. Every song packs so many incredible melodies, last-minute time changes, dance rhythms, intelligent lyrics and more that I literally lost my mind. This is one of the most mindblowing records I have heard in the last ten years. One particular song appealed to me about the rest: "Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)." Cedric's beautiful voice paired with the organ, pulsing drumbeat, and melodic guitar put me under the Mars Volta's spell. If you crave original, different music, definitely pick up this album, it's well worth your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!

    this is one of the most incredible albums out there. a rebirth of pink floyd. cedric and omar rock it out throughout the album as they creating mind blowing music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Take the Veil

    Who knew the surreal voyage through the dying hours of a suicidal man could be so musical. The authors of this terrifying and sickeningly triumphant tale are The Mars Volta. They express the wonders and pains of the main character, Cerpin taxt, with instruments that seem to speak, and the vocabulary of a literary genius. This album will leave you with and inexplicable feeling you won't soon forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This is a full onslaught of great music. The guitar seems like it is just another arm of Omar and Cedrics vocals are out of this world. Not to mention the intense and beautiful grooves that jon pounds out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS A GOOD ONE

    this albumn is incredibly amazing from the start of the first song till the very end. if enjoyed at the drive in then you are sure to enjoy the mars volta even more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece that defies all lables and genres.

    "De-Loused in the Comatorium", by the Mars Volta, is, without a doubt, my favorite cd. That's not the best opening argument, but I have reasons... I find it best to listen to the cd as a whole, because each song means so much more in the context of the album. The cd has incredible peaks that you will never forget, as well as subdued and mellow jams that you will groove too in your mind all day. The Mars Volta simply defy any sort of description, so you have to listen to their CD to really understand. If I had to describe this cd in terms of genres, I could only say that the band incorperates latin american rhythms that most people might not be used to (but will soon love), while at the same time giving off the extremely high energy rock and roll vibe that you've never expirienced before. Progressive rock also comes to mind when listening to this cd, because the tracks run freely into jams that sound completely different from the rest of the song while at the same time remaining very united with it. The musicianship is also unparalelled, and The Mars Volta will, without a doubt, be the group of musicians that people will fondly remember generations from now as their guitar hero or their drum god. If you are a musician, you have to buy this cd, no questions asked, but even if you aren't, I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mars volta kills!

    this album is so incredible. to be perfectly honest, it's quite possibly the most creative, unique, insanely genius thing I've ever listened to. I play it practically all day every day. I study with it, I read with it, I eat with it. I sing it in the shower. I'm not even kidding. I am thinking about buying the album again just to give the band twelve more dollars. its that great. Words fall short in describing it. One listen and you'll see, The Mars Volta is like nothing ever before or ever will be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why You Should Buy This Yesterday

    De-loused in the Comatorium is easily the greatest album released post-2000, and will likely remain that way until it is topped by any successive albums that The Mars Volta releases, such as the upcoming Frances The Mute. Even then it shall hold strong as one the most worthwhile CD's you could ever own, for no better reason than this: there is nothing else quite like it. De-loused centers around the story of a man taking a sort of spiritual journey while comatose, having just experienced the trauma of attempted suicide. Throughout the album, the protagonist ponders his and others' actions and purposes, leading up to his eventual awakening, followed by a second (but this time, successful) suicide attempt. Songs like "Inertiatic ESP" (and prelude "Son et Lumiere") are automatically accessible for their high energy vocals and guitar work which contain elements of both tension and excitement. After being familiarized with the more accessible songs, everything else starts to make sense as well, and the appeal to songs such as "Drunkship Full of Lanterns" becomes fully understood. Music buffs should quickly appreciate the talent behind TMV's principal music writers for the intense rhythms and tonal complexities throughout each piece. The song lyrics are characteristically strange and loveable, albeit hard to interpret, but the phantasmagoric images they paint do indeed make sense when considering the surreal travels of the mind and spirit through a comatose man. One of TMV's biggest appeals to die-hard fans is the amount of heavy analysis that is attempted, albeit that it is rarely fruitful past a certain point. I would recommend this album to anyone, including yourself. In a time where we could all use something a lot less cookie cutter, The Mars Volta have truly delivered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The OnearmScissor is all grown up.

    This is one of my all time favorite cds. I can listen to it from beginning to end with absolutely no problem. I think The Mars Volta got the good end of At the Drive in. They are so muchmore put together than Sparta. This cd is almost seamless. The way the songs transition into each other is amazing. I love this cd so much... i can't wait to get "Frances the Mute"!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Album

    De-Loused is truly one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. It is a solid fusion of music. It's major roots are a mix between prog rock and latin music... but it has everything in between. The record is quite emotional and is a sure buy for anyone that enjoys great music. Get this CD and I can tell you will love it. The Mars Volta also has some other great releases and a new CD coming out soon which will be great for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never.

    Never would there have been such art produced. Never, if this band wouldn't have been formed. From the ashes of At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta includes two members of ATD-I, and so much more. This is the kind of band that, once discovered by more and more people, could be listened to by our grandchildrens children. De-Loused is a journey. The journey of Cerpin Text, which is in memory of a friend who commited suicide. The first two songs are completely amazing, and I am not sure if any other band has opened a cd in such an amazing way...Son Et Lumiere is an intro track to Inertiatic ESP, and it flows so well. The cd keeps up and nevers lets you be bored or disappointed. Their is even a 12 minute track on this cd. This band shall keep on making amazing work, and I hope the best for. If you want something different, unique, or just plain out of the ordinary, then this cd is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Revolutionary

    This album is start to finish one of the most solid peices of work I have heard a Rock group put together in a long time. Infusing Latin rythms, pulsing guitars, and soaring vocals, the Mars Volta have done something that I haven't heard done right since Tool released Lateralus, they have compiled a full album start to finish deserving of the 5 star rating. These guys have their "ambient" moments, but the truly unique sounds produced on this album are assertive and pioneering. A must buy for music efficianados.

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