De-loused in the Comatorium
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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.
Des deux formations issues du sabordage des telluriques At The Drive-In, Sparta s'est rapidement placée comme dépositaire de l'héritage viscéralement rock du gang d'El Paso, sans toutefois arriver totalement à combler le vide laissé par les sécessionnistes partis former Mars Volta. Tremulant, le premier EP de ces derniers, ainsi que leur projet dub Defacto, avaient annoncé la couleur, ou plutôt les couleurs : Cedric Bixler et Omar Rodriguez sont, eux, nettement plus enclins à réformer et à injecter des sons divers dans leur univers musical halluciné. Confirmation avec ce premier album. De-loused In The Comatorium est une sorte de choc culturel à grande vitesse entre rock progressif, punk, psychédélisme, funk, jazz, ou, en schématisant, entre Hawkwind, Sly And The Family Stone et le Pink Floyd des origines. Forcément, pour faire entrer autant de choses en aussi peu de place, les morceaux s'étirent sur de longues minutes disloquées en plusieurs mouvements. Traversée de saillies d'orgues, de rafales de percussions, de bruitages électroniques et portée vers les nues par la voix de Bixler, la musique de Mars Volta n'en oublie pas pour autant de garder les pieds sur terre en capitalisant sur de solides bases mélodiques et la virulence intacte des guitares. Ce sont sans doute là deux atouts majeurs qui éviteront que l'on soit pris d'étourdissements, une fois happé dans les loopings concentriques que décrit cette uvre psychotrope et fiévreuse. --Fabrice Privé
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I have one problem with this album and thats that the only time I'll listen to it with another person I'll be driving late at night on an interstate. Not very often, I don't have a car. Theres just too much to pay attention to and with headphones on it makes me feel like my hippy-Uncle Paul, must've felt when he heard Floyd for the first time.
I think this is a band worth being excited for. See the live show if you have a chance. Long time fans of the Rodriguez-Bixler duo are sitting with pillows on their laps waiting for their tickets in the mail. So if it's sold out pay off the door guy or sneak in the back. If you don't own Tremulant EP, buy it with this and you'll be happy to save the 2 bucks now.
It is obvious that Omar and Cedric were the driving forces behind ATDI that made them so innovative and infectious. Sparta's (the other half of ATDI's band) noble yet much less powerful and groundbreaking album is ATDI without the energy, force, rhythm, and originality that made them great. However, after the Tremulant EP that Mars Volta released I was worried that without the precision and technique of the other members of the band that their experiment might fall flat. They were mixing together many new sounds, but did not seem to have a cohesive idea of what they were trying to accomplish. But, all fears have been put to rest now as The Mars Volta truely has found their way and have put together an unbeleivable musical formula that doesn't seem like it can go wrong.
If you have not read up on the album yet, it is a concept album based upon a story written by Cedric about the life of Julio Venegas, a musician and drug abuser who committed suicide in 1996 but always "lived life to the fullest". It tells of a hero who tries to kill himself by overdosing on morphine only to wind up in a coma. He has fantistic dreams about the good and evil forces in himself and the world battling with each other. He awakens from a coma, but still chooses to die.Read more ›
De-loused in the Comatorium was inspired by the life of Julio Venegas, a childhood friend of some of the members in the band. Venegas, an artist in the El Paso region, slipped into a coma for a week after a drug overdose, and experienced a series of dreams, and battles between the good and bad aspects of the human conscience. He emerged from the coma in the end, but ultimately decided to take his own life. De-loused in the Comatorium narrates the internal struggle of Venegas, his addiction, his fearlessness and his thoughts while comatose until his life came to self-inflicted end. Yet the lyrics are very abstract, which probably represent the psychological and subconscious battle. Yet abstractions have been constant with Cedric Bixler ever since his days fronting At The Drive-In.
Musically, however, Comatorium is eclectic, bizarre, bewildering, and mesmerizing. Comparisons to art rock legends Rush are frequent, yet this is a lot more intense and complex than anything ever put out by Rush. Yes, Bixler's vocals are high-pitched, like Rush frontman/bassist Geddy Lee's, yet they are a lot more hostile and urgent.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This album is one of the newest and best things I have heard in a while. From beginning to end it is all original and unlike anythign I have ever heard before. Read morePublished on July 21 2005 by Patrick
This is the best cd of 2003, there are no better. It has it all!!!!!! It tells a story with amazing music. The perfect album.Published on Sept. 3 2004
Let me Preface this review by saying this is my favorite CD I own. That being said, It still gets 4 stars, not 5. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Lauri Benson
Neil Peart of Rush plugged these guys in the recent Drum! Magazine (along with Porcupine Tree), so I figured I check them out. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by J. Muir
This is the best album I've bought in years.....wait, in my life!
I give it 7 stars.
Also buy the Tremulant EP.
Unfortunately, none of the other reviewers mentioned that De-Loused In The Comatorium is a concept album based on the Mexican artist, Julio Venegas, a friend of Omar... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by sharri
Before I ever heard the Mars Volta I listened to some Sparta (which i didn't like cause....the lead singers voice just wasn't appealing to me, very forgettable), and I wasn't... Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by macrossRL
The Mars Volta very obviously love math so it is appropriate I explain them in the following way. At the Drive-In - Sparta + Pavement + (Yes x the Hindenburg Explosion) raised to... Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by R.P. Tristram Coffin IV
Before I bought this CD, I had never heard of Mars Volta, At the Drive In or myriad other bands mentioned by reviewers of this recording I take to be much younger than myself. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Kurt Harding
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