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Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium

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This is what happens when medical research monkeys escape and find a stash of instruments and recording equipment. When ex-members of At The Drive-In care for the monkeys and form them into a monster-fighting band of precision and awe, you’re left with the Mars Volta. The guitar riffs are sharp and quick; the vocals are true and electronically enhanced in ways that make sense; the drumming is what you’d expect from a band called the Mars Volta.

You’ll need to forget the blatant rocking of ATDI – while not completely missing; it’s definitely hidden amongst the odd styles, shakers, and vertigo. Light doses of Styx-inspired dueling, drunken boxing, and some Disco Volante – will either please your ears or implode your skull. I can’t foresee Mars Volta showing up on MTV’s TRL but I can see them atop many reputable top 10 lists of 2003.

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  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    Woah – how weird, as I was typing up my review, you were posting yours.

  • mike

    I just got back from Andromeda 6 in the 42nd Far Galactic Quadrant, where these space alien have the no. 1 album. Weird.

  • Eric Olsen

    nothing much better than a barrel full of musical space monkeys