Last Updated on June 18th, The hour long tragedy takes us through the tale of a man named Cerpin Taxt, as he attempts to kill himself by ingesting morphine and rat poison. The attempt fails, and he falls into a coma for the next 7 days, in which he travels through the dream world of the Comatorium. At the end of the 7 days, he arises only to find that the world is unsatisfactory, and he for the last time takes his own life by jumping off a bridge. The event greatly impacted the lives of both Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric, and greatly influenced their music.
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Posted by Lauryn Mercer on January 11, at pm. Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. This is the place where we get to indulge in nostalgia and wax poetic about excellent metal of years past.
For this week's 22nd edition, we're taking a trip into a purgatory and a nightmare brought to reality with the efforts of some seriously brilliant musicians. I'm fully bracing myself for the "I thought this was a metal site" backlash for featuring The Mars Volta. To that end, I'd respond with the following: Metal in general is a genre based in extremes. Metal loves to be extreme.
The earliest inklings of metal were dark and disturbing — yet oddly electrifying literally and figuratively. Musicians wanted to do more — more with speed, more with gear, more with loudness, more stage theatrics, more with tones and mods and pedals. Audiences wanted more, too. Metal became aggressive and loud and distorted. It incorporated themes that the fringes of society responded to positively.
Metal also incorporated lyrics that, at times unceremoniously, touched on subjects taboo and 'verboten' in polite company. Metal also became contextual, representing political movements and trends in youth culture. There are fashions and symbols used so often in metal — such as leather and skulls — that they symbols have become synonymous with the extreme counterculture that metal weaves into. Subversive and independent thinking became hallmarks of metal.
Capped with a sense of personal independence and fierce loyalty to expressing truth, what part of the aforementioned doesn't describe The Mars Volta?
The album is a dedication to Julio Venegas, an influential friend of Cedric and Omar who committed suicide. Each track acts like chapters in a book, unfolding a surreal story I'll briefly break down. Cerpin Taxt decides to try and kill himself by ODing on morphine laced with rat poison — but the hit doesn't kill him. Instead, he winds up in a coma. What ensues is the purgatory of coma-consciousness. In his mind, Cerpin is tried by a judge, tortured, and sent off to his indefinite dreamland.
Here's the video for the first and second tracks on the album, "Son et Lumiere" and "Inertiatic ESP" that cover that exact part of the story:. What is brilliant about this composition is the combination of vision for how the story is told combined with highlighting the strengths of each member of the band. His upper register is insane.
Cerpin arrives in a dreamworld trainyard, the events of which are detailed in the track "Roulette Dares The Haunt Of ":. While you should obviously listen to this album beginning to end with headphones on, in your most comfortable chair and with some kind of adult beverage , I wanted to include this live performance of "Roulette Dares The Haunt Of " because this stage performance is very much a part of The Mars Volta as a band.
If you were hoping that the concert-version would sound just like the album, you'd be sorely disappointed. There was a near minute departure in the middle of "Cicatriz ESP" filled with improv soundscapes, guitar solos, and haunting vocal breaches.
What a special experience for those attending, and in retrospect, I've not seen many other bands do something to personalized and intimate for a particular audience. Cerpin sees ephemeral vestiges of his mother, envisions himself full of spiders, and finds himself abandoned in an ocean… He's in a fresh, real-feeling nightmare and hell until — he eventually wakes up. He is in a hospital, surrounded by friends and family.
Song "Eriatarka" tackles the transition:. After his emergence from the coma, Cerpin is back to 'normal' but his friends also go back to their normal lives. That's when the dreamworld's voices come back, blurring the line of reality. They essentially tell him to come back with tricks, demands, and incessant chatter.
So, he jumps off of an overpass and kills himself for good. That takes place in the song "Televators". The final song "Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt" is about him abandoning this world and reentering the chaos of his dream world. Everything the duo touches sounds so alien compared to other music, but The Mars Volta is a rare synergistic balance of energies. In a tragic and chilling turn of events, the soundscape creator Jeremy Ward died just a month before the release of the album from a heroin overdose.
Thinking about the reality of his death in conjunction with the foreign nightmare-scape the lyrics create, one cannot help but feel an uneasy pit in the stomach for what Ward might've faced. If you'd like, you can read more about the meaning of the lyrics here. I think this guy does a pretty good job of breaking down the huge and complicated dream world. While The Mars Volta isn't generally representative of the metal genre especially with modern metal trends , they certainly embody a lot of it's founding principals.
I've even seen interview clips where Cedric and Omar shun the establishments of popular metal, citing the stereotypes of the genre as being restrictive. Which, is metal within itself. Subscribe to Metal Injection on.
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The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium Story Review & Lyric Interpretation
At the end of the 20th Century, At the Drive-In quickly rose to become one of the most beloved punk rock bands of the era. Their blend of post-hardcore, emo and elements of art-rock made them a refreshing voice at a time when pop-punk was starting to percolate. But the El Paso outlet was short-lived, and the group split in Listen to De-Loused in the Comatorium right now. Taxt overdoses on a cocktail of morphine and rat poison and enters a week-long coma during which he experiences fantastical adventures in his dreams. The result was an epic hour-long tale in the prog tradition.
‘De-Loused In The Comatorium’: The Mars Volta’s Ferocious Prog Breakthrough
Based on a short story written by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and sound manipulation artist Jeremy Michael Ward , the concept album is an hour-long tale of Cerpin Taxt, a man who enters a week-long coma after overdosing on a mixture of morphine and rat poison. Co-produced by Rick Rubin and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez , it is the only studio album to feature founding member Jeremy Michael Ward , who was found dead in an apparent heroin overdose one month before the album was released. The title of the album is taken from the lyrics of the song "Eunuch Provocateur" on the band's previous release, Tremulant meanwhile, "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" contains the title of Tremulant. The cover artwork is by Storm Thorgerson. Two songs from the album, "Roulette Dares The Haunt Of " and "Cicatriz ESP," first appeared in as the band's very first demo recordings with bassist Eva Gardner and drummer Blake Fleming ; notably, the early version of "Cicatriz ESP" then known as "Cicatrix" was slower and much shorter 4 minutes than the album one at 12 minutes being the longest track on the album. The album is a progressive rock   and art rock  album that also incorporates influences from psychedelic rock ,  Latin jazz ,  heavy metal ,  punk rock  and blues rock.
De-Loused in the Comatorium
Posted by Lauryn Mercer on January 11, at pm. Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. This is the place where we get to indulge in nostalgia and wax poetic about excellent metal of years past. For this week's 22nd edition, we're taking a trip into a purgatory and a nightmare brought to reality with the efforts of some seriously brilliant musicians. I'm fully bracing myself for the "I thought this was a metal site" backlash for featuring The Mars Volta. To that end, I'd respond with the following: Metal in general is a genre based in extremes.
The Mars Volta’s De-Loused in the Comatorium: Down the Rat Hole 10 Years Later
Prog noodles, prog brags, prog serves as the backdrop for stories about moonchildren and crimson kings and bloodthirsty sea life. For The Mars Volta , prog was both a vehicle for volatile musical fusion and a method of bloodletting. In , their close friend Julio Venegas leapt from an overpass onto the freeway in rush hour traffic. He had been a victim of self-abuse, shooting up whatever he could get his hands on for years.