ALBUMS: The Mars Volta Throws A Tantrum

These unfinished original versions of material from De-Loused In The Comatorium is a prime example of the band’s initial energy

Landscape Tantrums by The Mars Volta will be released as a standalone title in early 2022 (Art: Ron Hart)

At The Drive-In fans who immediately bought into the concept of The Mars Volta sight unseen in 2001 were not expecting singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López to go full-blown 1977 Yes on us across the span of the band’s 11 years in action.

Which arguably makes the value of this super-expensive vinyl box set collecting all six of the group’s studio albums dependent on one’s threshold for withstanding their descent into prog rock bloat. However, the inclusion of this collection of original recordings intended for their 2002 debut LP De-Loused In The Comatorium will no doubt remind OG fans of the Tremulant EP and why we were so excited about this band in the first place.

Artist: The Mars Volta

Album: Landscape Tantrums

Label: Universal

★★★★ (4/5 stars)

Highlights like “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” and “This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed” accentuate the more experimental leanings of the Mars Volta’s original incarnation as De Facto and illustrate the indispensable talents of the band’s two fallen members–drummer Jeremy Ward and keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens.

Landscape Tantrums is available to stream on Spotify, but it would be nice to see it get its own standalone retail edition as well (which at press time looks like it will happen in January 2022).




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Ron Hart

Ron Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Rock and Roll Globe. Reach him on Twitter @MisterTribune.

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