Sound — 9
The Mars Volta continues to be the frontrunner for experimental prog-rock. On their first major-label release, De-Loused in the Comatorium leads the listener through a maze of blistering guitar effects, amazing drum syncopation, and wild, controlled-chaos vocals. The album was inspired by the life and times of Julio Venegas, a close personal friend of the band who slipped into a drug-induced coma. During his coma, he had visions of his own suicide, and when he recovered, he ended up killing himself anyway. The Mars Volta is an innovative, progressive band, and this CD demonstrates their skills perfectly.
Lyrics — 9
The intruiguing, at times confusing lyrics of The Mars Volta only serve to give the listener a deeper insight as to what the album is all about. Even if that insight is sometimes confusion. The lyrics fit perfectly to the music, as they are both strange and haunting. The lead singer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala has an amazing voice, punctuated by screetching highs, and haunting lows, his voice works as almost an instrument by itself.
Overall Impression — 10
The Mars Volta is beyond comparison, since no band comes even close to duplicating their sound. The most impressive tracks would have to be: Inertiatic ESP, Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of), Eriatarka, Cicatriz ESP, and Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt. I hate nothing about this album, and love everything. Everything has it's place, and everything is made to work in the context in which it is portrayed. An amazing album. If lost, I would instantly go out and buy it again (then find the guy who took it and beat him).