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De-Loused in the Comatorium

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  • The Mars Volta, as I’m sure you already know, contains 1/2 of ATDI’s members. According to Cedric, he left because he felt they had reached somewhat of a musical stalemate and they would keep making “the same album”. “De-Loused in the Comatorium” is definitely not that. Although there are numerous comparisons (although somewhat well-founded) to ATDI’s work, this music is all around different. There are, however, elements of ATDI’s trademark post-hardcore sound, especially on tracks like “Inertiatic Esp” and to an extent in “Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt”. Not to say that this is a bad thing. “Inertiatic Esp” is one of my favorite tracks.More prevalent than the former musical elements are the inclusion on a somewhat more psychadelic approach. In areas the music is reminiscent of Led Zepplin and Cedric sounding like Geddy Lee. But The Mars Volta puts a much more modern twist on it. Combing frenetic sampler beats and distortion as well as almost Doors-esque jazz. And of course, there is the brilliant, yet often inexplicable, lyrics. Self-admittedly selfish, Cedric lyrics cater to his own sensibilities with an attitude of “If we get it, somebody else will”. Knowing that the album is dedicated and based upon the life of Julio Venegas helps to act as a loose guide in decrypting some of the lyrics. Even those that one isn’t able to annunciate the meaning of still have their own way of touching you in a very personal way. A way that couldn’t have been put better. In these sense the abstract, occasionally disjointed nature of the lyrics acts simultaneously to both generalize and specify a particular emotion or event to the listener.All-in-all it is a brilliant album. It magneticly pulls the listener throughout the sonic landscapes they have created. And I loved it, every step of the way.

    Posted on December 30, 2009