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The Mars Volta
De-Loused In The Comatorium
Universal Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Let the ashes of At The Drive-In rise from the ground and rain down to earth with no remorse. That is most likely what former At The Drive-In hyphenated members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez had in mind when they conceived this particular piece of work. With the help of Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea and the production work of Rick Rubin, this album soars above and beyond the expectations held by so many. While listening to this album, images are conjured up of haunted houses, blood soaked floors, and star-riddled skies. This is a headphone album to the highest extent. Effects pedals galore, voice distortion, tape effects, and great production from Mr. Rubin make this piece of work a stoner's wet dream.

But do not be fooled, the production is not the only reason that De-Loused In The Comatorium sits a-top such a high plateau. Bixler's vocals are better than ever- gone are the days of screaming from the gut (note- this was not necessarily a bad thing). His range is quite impressive considering his past vocal stylings only showed a shadow of what was to come. Next up, the stellar guitar work from Rodriguez is, well, quite amazing. On songs like "Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt", it shows that young Omar's chops are becoming quite striking, and his playing quite literally blows away anything in mainstream music today. Now on to the keyboard playing of Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. Though toned down quite a bit since the Tremulant EP, Isaiah's work is still very much an integral part of the feel of this album. Last but definitely not least, the rythym section is rounded out by Flea and drummer John Theodore. Theodore's playing is extremely tight, wasting no time by throwing in flawless fills and keeping everything together, and Flea is on top of his game on De-Loused In The Comatorium.

Each song on this album is an entire entity in itself. With tons of structure changes, segues, bridges, interludes, and solos, this album never ceases to let the listener start to get bored. It berates your eardrums with such intensity that you will simply never want to turn it off. Let this be known- The Mars Volta are here, they are here to stay, and they want to be heard.

Reviewed by Adam Jaenke
A contributing writer for LAS, Adam Jaenke is from Eau Claire. Isn\'t that also the name of a pastry?

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