The Mars Volta

Do you like The Mars Volta? 

Their early work was a little too ‘punk’ for my taste, but when De-Loused in the Comatorium came out in '03, I think they really came into their own - both thematically and artistically. The whole album has a clear, progressive sound, and a new sheen of abstract lyricism that really gives the songs a big boost. They have been compared to Coheed and Cambria, but I think The Mars Volta has a far more bitter, depressing view of the world. 

In '05, The Mars Volta released this, Frances the Mute, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is 'Cassandra Gemini’, a song so long most people probably don’t even listen to it all the way through - but they should! Because it’s not just about the struggle of a man looking for his long lost mother, and the importance of blood ties, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself! 

Hey Paul!

The signs as songs by 27 club musicians/bands
  • Aries: "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Taurus: "Suite Brasileira" by Alexandre Levy
  • Gemini: "Me and the Devil Blues" by Robert Johnson
  • Cancer: "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones
  • Leo: "Renee" by Lost Boyz
  • Virgo: "Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin
  • Libra: "Heart Shaped Box" by Nirvana
  • Scorpio: "Corona" by Minutemen (The Jackass Theme)
  • Sagittarius: "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" by the Doors
  • Capricorn: "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
  • Aquarius: "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen
  • Pieces: "Inertiatic ESP" by The Mars Volta
  • Ilyena
  • The Mars Volta
  • The Bedlam in Goliath

If you could see where I’ve been 
You’d touch the hand that’s touching sin 
Entity ingredient 
A mass of blackened scapes begins 

Cypher is filled 
With a blanket of clots 
Taking everything I’ve got 
Please let me in, in, in 
I need a brand new skin 
Incarnated debts 
Incarcerated when the deeds are left to purchase