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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-#91


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#95 Deloused in the Comatorium – The Mars Volta

I don’t even really know how to begin explaining this album (as with any Mars Volta album). It’s eclectic, all over the place, cryptic, heavy, mellow, emotional, chilling, beautiful, and many many more superlatives. While it shows some homage to old school prog rock at times it is a totally unique listen and The Mars Volta are a band without comparison. Deloused… is just the start to this bands wildly progressive career.

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Hear the Mars Volta’s New Album Before it Hits Stores!


I’m not a big fan of Rolling Stone, but I do have to admit between their biased reviews and shoddy editing, they do some cool things here and there.  One of those cool things is steaming the new Mars Volta album, Noctourniquet, in it’s entirety.

I’m only a few songs in as I write this post, but I’m really digging it so far.  The L.P. hits stores next week on March, 26th, 2012.  Check it out by clicking to album art below to start the player.  Peace Love and Metal!!

The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet

The Mars Volta – Abridged


 The Mars Volta is an amazing band and I have been quite taken by their work since Deloused in the Comatorium first hit (I could summon my bespectacled hipster cred and say I’ve been a fan since I saw At the Drive-In).  These psychedelic prog-rock/metal loony scientists know how to make great albums packed to the brim with a staggering amount of music. Thing is though, their albums are musical marathons and require a bit of attention.  The composers of the music, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López, are aware that their albums may be a bit long-winded for some, so they were cool enough to ‘abridge’ a pair of their albums for a more digestible listen.  I’ve listened to their abridged version of the excellent The Bedlam in Goliath and found that I really enjoy this spin on the album.  Same quirkiness, but now in a bite sized form.  There is also my personal favorite Mars Volta album, Frances the Mute abridged, but I have yet to listen to it all the way through, but expect it is done with the same great quality as Bedlam.  Check them out, and if you have yet to get into The Mars Volta these seem to be a great way to do so.  Enjoy and let us know what you thought of the music.  Click on the album cover below to go to the official full album steams.

Also, The Mars Volta has their 6th full length album scheduled to hit stores on March 27, 2012.  I can’t wait for this one.  Annnnnd, the Volta boys have also announced that At the Drive-In will be playing some reunion shows!!  Fingers crossed for some new music from that spectrum of the duo,  the raw ATDI style with what they’ve progressed to with The Mars Volta sounds like a wonderful and volatile mix of awesome music!!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Frances the Mute - Abridged

Bedlam - Abridged