Released on June 24, 2003, Deloused in the Comatorium is the debut album from The Mars Volta, the progressive salsa latin jazz art punk collective spearheaded by ex-At The Drive-In members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez. An album quite unlike any other, Deloused in the Comatorium was released into a world where progressive music was just beginning to seep it’s way into the public consciousness again, what with the likes of Tool’s Lateralus, Opeth’s Blackwater Park and the gigantic success of Muse paving the way for making the term ‘prog’ legitimate again. But Deloused in the Comatorium followed no preconceived notions of formula or commercial enterprise. Instead, the project was born out of De Facto, a dub/reggae/electronica hybrid that Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez used to jam with after At The Drive In shows alongside Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens and Jeremy Michael Ward (cousin to ex-At the Drive-In / current Sparta guitarist Jim Ward).
De Facto gradually metamorphosed into The Mars Volta and one of the most forward-thinking modern ‘rock’ acts was born onto the world. Despite its far from commercial sound, Deloused in the Comatorium featured extensively on a wide range of Album of the Year lists including Q, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, NME, Spin, Drowned in Sound, Mojo and Terrorizer, effectively picking up accolades from every major guitar music publication in the UK. We trace the lineage back to the musicians that influenced the band, discuss the tragic circumstances that inspired the album and deliberate over how The Mars Volta have inspired a whole scene to push boundaries and innovate beyond the usual musical formulas and templates.
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