Friday, April 12, 2013

Album 365: Day 186 - The Mars Volta - De-Loused In the Comatorium

The Mars Volta
De-Loused in the Comatorium

Favorite tracks: Inertiatic ESP, Roulette Dare (The Haunt of), Drunkship of Lanterns
Sleeper tracks: Televators

Discovering this band was one of the funnest experiences in my musical life.  I remember sitting in the smoking room at Oarfin Records one night, sifting through a music magazine (probably EQ or Mix).  There was a review of this album and it described a record that I knew I needed to hear.  I went out and got it the next day and probably played it 2 weeks straight.  I couldn't believe how awesome the songs were and how killer the musicians were.  The vocal styling was right up my alley and the songs were nice and long.  I couldn't get enough of TMV and I geeked out to them over the next 3 years.

Listening to this record brings back some of those memories and feelings but the love affair with the band fizzled out years ago.  I had a hard time focusing on this whole record and I think it's one of their most interesting and captivating.  Towards the end, it's a lot of wankery and I found myself anticipating the end of the record.  It's all still great music.  It just isn't my thing anymore.

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