De-Loused in the Comatoriaum
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
God for the Death of At The Drive In
disbanding of At the Drive In a couple of years back left many
of their hardcore fans in dismay wanting more. Well, what they’ve
been waiting for is finally here… sort of. Its nothing like
At the Drive In. Think of it this way: At the Drive in is to Mars
Volta as the Talking Heads is to the Tom Tom Club. While At the
Drive In just about saved emo/punk music a few years ago, this
album dives head first into experimental territory, mixing countless
genres along the way. It’s punk, it’s progressive,
it’s art-house, and it’s definitely worth a listen.
aren’t many albums that totally blow me away from the first
listen, but this is one of them. Not since Tool’s 2001 effort
Lateralus have I heard an album with such sheer energy
and intricate arrangements. Some tracks go on for several minutes
of pure instrumentation yet the disc contains songs ranging from
less than two minutes in length up to twelve. Like Lateralus,
the songs play out like epics, changing around various keys and
melodies throughout the lengthy piece. They also create a variety
of multi layered soundscapes and textures, which may not be MTV2
ready… But when its this good, who cares?
album’s hour of music may contain “everything but
the kitchen sink,” but where Mars Volta truly shines are
tracks like “Televators”, which are simpler and lighter.
It showcases the singer’s voice, and brings out the true
melody of the song. But harder tracks such as “Inertiatic
Esp” and “Cicatriz Esp” bring the driving rock
mixed with just enough experimentalism that the fans truly crave.
They typically start out at a moderate pace, build to an intense
climax, return to a relaxing bridge, and then starts all over
is the rare type of album that a Radiohead fan and a Something
Corporate fan can agree on, and it's doubtful there will be an
album like this to come around in a very long time. The disbanding
of At the Drive In may have been the best thing they ever did.
liked De-Loused at the Comatorium...
Son Et Lumiere
2. Inertiatic Esp
3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
4. Tira Me A Las Aranas
5. Drunkship Of Lanterns
7. Cicatriz Esp
8. The Apparatus Must Be Unearthed
10. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt