The Mars Volta


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These guys have long hair, carry purses, and bust it in Spanglish like Gerardo used to. "Punk Floyd" it is! They rock, but I still miss the ATDI days.

>>By Dresden   (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 10:32)

Don't think you should compare them to ATDI, it was a great band, buut if you want to keep that sound you should keep on following Sparta.. This is experimental rock in it's best coat, going from hard core to salsa to santana...

And the drums kick ass so to say.... To bad the guys already dead... hope they will find a drummer as groovey as he was... and that won't O.D.

>>By Campking   (Monday, 22 Sep 2003 18:01)

i am not really into salsa music, but this band is awesome, and that guy has an incredible voice

>>By PerfektChild   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 02:48)

oh yea and i loooove ATDI, but you can't complare the two by ANY means whatsoever!

>>By PerfektChild   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 02:52)

What's this plus 1 thingy...... a fucking rerelease with a fucking bonus songs.... f"""""" bastards......

I want the bonus songs for free.....

>>By Campking   (Tuesday, 7 Oct 2003 12:14)

...there's definitely some congruency between mars volta and atdi; it's not really how the music is put together that makes them similar, it's more the general feel of the music--adventurous and experimental and altogether intense...anyone going to the oct. 24th show at roseland?


>>By dastardlyfritz   (Sunday, 19 Oct 2003 09:01)

the producer/keyboardist overdosed not the drummer

>>By miessner-effect   (Friday, 12 Dec 2003 05:22)

Does anyone else feel the tension between the heaviness of the overall sound (heavy distortion, tribal drum thing, fat bass) and the....weakness of the vocals? Not to say the singing is bad, but that it's very emotional and vulnerable, which is at odds with masculine pounding background. I think this is a new form of the tension-release thing that classical (okay, pretty much all music) operates on. The release is when the vocals finally get aggressive, or the rhythm section softens up, and they jive.
I hear the same thing in Tool, and in some live versions of old Zeppelin songs (most noteably Immigrant's Song on How the West Was Won).

Tell me what you think,

>>By Patterson   (Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 19:39)

Yes, I completely agree with Patterson. I love Mars Volta and I wish it was easier to get hold of their stuff.

>>By Sk8a H8a   (Tuesday, 6 Apr 2004 12:21)

This is one of those bands that are still trying to evolve music.. I love it.. some don cabalerro beats and some crazy guitar lines and you can totally go crazy on music.. Even if I wouldn't love the music, I would still just love the band, for they breath innovation...

>>By Campking   (Tuesday, 6 Apr 2004 12:39)

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>>By mystic_beans   (Wednesday, 2 Jun 2004 01:49)

Well these guys are definately incredible. Experimental, rockin...amazing voice and musicianship! This is just about as good and as out-there as this kinda music gets. Totally different than ATD-I. Amazing.

>>By xxtimxx   (Sunday, 27 Jun 2004 07:36)

Tom Morello and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez are ,without a doubt, the best guitar players alive.

>>By CHARLOS   (Friday, 20 Aug 2004 04:59)

....yay......the mars volta....

>>By Singme2smiths   (Friday, 20 Aug 2004 05:58)

I love Mars Volta. I just wish they were out on tour so all of us could see them and not just concentrating on California. If you know of any dates that I'm not aware of then Contact me. Thanks.

AIM: Shorty80387

>>By Rosy_Politician   (Sunday, 3 Oct 2004 18:48)

I saw them live in Mexico City about 16 months ago...they were great!

>>By CHARLOS   (Saturday, 16 Oct 2004 01:09)

Oh, thw wonderful Mars Volta - how I do adore thee. I wish I could find their CDs in the shops, but alas, they are not mainstream in Britain...

>>By Bitch Fit   (Saturday, 16 Oct 2004 01:35)

Wait, Tom Morello is in this band?

>>By Bitch Fit   (Saturday, 16 Oct 2004 01:38)

No he is not in this band....why????

>>By CHARLOS   (Saturday, 16 Oct 2004 01:50)

Praise the Lord - I thought you said he was... I suppose you just have a lot of respect for him which is why you mentioned his name, right? Who is in the Mars Volta altogether?

>>By Bitch Fit   (Sunday, 17 Oct 2004 00:36)

The Mars Volta:
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Guitar
Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Vocals
Jon Theodore - Drums
Ikey Owens - Keyboards
Juan Alderete - Bass
Marcell Rodriguez-Lopez - Percussion

(Flea played with them for a while...)

>>By CHARLOS   (Thursday, 21 Oct 2004 03:02)

this band changed me from the inside out. the sound manipulator died, not the drummer, and it was produced by rick rubin who still lives. the keyboard player did not produce the album and is also alive. deloused in the comatorium is an amazing peice of art. the lyrics the way they structure the melodies and the rhythms are mind-blowing. think of the album as a movie...

>>By solace   (Tuesday, 2 Nov 2004 22:19)

the sound manipulator died

To bad, seemed like a really nice guy, when I was having some drinks with him... Really thought the drummer died, at least that's what he told me......

>>By Campking   (Wednesday, 3 Nov 2004 00:43)

solace speaks the truth.

I got to see them more than a year ago, their live show is the best, nothing like it since Hendrix and The Who...

>>By CHARLOS   (Sunday, 12 Dec 2004 02:49)

long live Cedric...too bad he is surrounded by tragedy

>>By isaacbrockthelostprophet   (Tuesday, 14 Dec 2004 07:31)

i was a really big ATD-I fan (still am) and when they broke up i was pretty annoyed and i didn't want to like either mars volta or sparta for the reason that it just wasn't at the drive in anymore. but when i got my hands on a copy of deloused in the comatorium and then saw them live in jan at BDO ........ my opinion changed to say the least.
Mars Volta and Blood Brothers are the two most innovative bands i know, i'm in love.
their wonderful i take back everything i ever said.

>>By Jade Ilona   (Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004 00:35)

That's great, another "convert"...

I don't like Sparta, and at risk of getting lynched, I will say that The Mars Volta surpasses the musical quality of ATD-I...It's probably because I've seen The Mars Volta live, they are the greatest...

>>By CHARLOS   (Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004 02:16)

i thought both at the drive in and mars volta were fantastic live but both shows i saw were driven by cedric & omar's energy, you could really tell they were the driving force behind it all in both cases..... well thats just what i thought, i could be worng.

>>By Jade Ilona   (Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004 02:44)

Not to say that the ambiance and rockoutitude of the entire Deloused CD is anything less then stellar, but all this hooblah about a story of a man entering a dream world and adventuring and waking up but still choosing to die.... Would you have gathered that if you hadn't read the cd info? Lyrics, while catchy and insane, seem to mean absolutely nothing (Exoskeletal junction at the railroad delayed? midnight nueces [a river] from boxcar cadavers?)... I'll keep my blood burning and my mood soaring, but it certainly isn't very intellectually fulfilling music, just fun sound.

>>By Izawwlgood   (Saturday, 18 Dec 2004 10:00)

It sounds very deep - deep enough to drown anyone without the ability to breathe underwater, if you know what I mean.

>>By Bitch Fit   (Saturday, 18 Dec 2004 18:18)

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