The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium

De-Loused in the Comatorium is the debut studio album by American progressive rock band The Mars Volta, released on June 24, 2003, on Gold Standard Laboratories and Universal Records. 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. The story of Cerpin Taxt alludes to the death of El Paso, Texas artist — and Bixler-Zavala’s friend — Julio Venegas (1972–1996). 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. Following the departure of Eva Gardner, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea occupied the role of bass guitarist on this album. The music contained in De-Loused is distinguished by its enigmatic lyrics, Latin and jazz rhythms, and Omar Rodríguez-López’s frenetic guitar riffs, which are often strongly dissonant. The title of this album is taken from the lyrics of the song “Eunuch Provocateur” on the band’s previous release, Tremulant. The cover artwork is by Storm Thorgerson.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala — vocals
Omar Rodríguez-López — guitar
Jon Theodore — drums
Isaiah “Ikey” Owens — keyboards
Flea — bass
Jeremy Michael Ward — effects & sound manipulation

 

The Mars Volta – De-loused In The Comatorium Tracklist

1. Son Et Lumiere 00:00 – 01:35
2. Inertiatic ESP 01:36 – 06:00
3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) 06:01 – 13:31
4. Tira Me a Las Aranas (Throw Me To The Spiders) 13:32 – 15:00
5. Drunkship Of Lanterns 15:01 – 22:06
6. Eriatarka 22:07 – 28:27
7. Cicatriz ESP 28:28 – 40:57
8. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed 40:58 – 45:56
9. Televators 45:57 – 52:14
10. Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt 52:15 – 01:01:03

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