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.
Captains Log- Stardate 3298 A.D– We have arrived at the distress beacon at Thanos 8321. Upon the initial search we found no sign of distress. In fact, we found nothing at all. No buildings, no colonists, no signs of life whatsoever. In our disbelief I decided to look around and run a couple of scans just to make sure we didn’t pick up a wrong signal. If there were ever any life on this planet we could not find them. We returned to our ship to examine the scans that Prof. Ingleman ran. Upon studying the scan we discovered there was multiple deposits of strange heavy metals below the planet’s surface. We will investigate further.
Captains Log- Stardate 3298 A.D.– We traveled out onto Thanos 8321 for a closer inspection of the heavy metals that Prof. Ingleman discovered. We ordered the excavation crew to dig on the sites the Prof. has pointed out. I will report when we have reached the heavy metals. I must report I have been feeling a bit out of the ordinary since we returned to the ship after our initial search.
Captains Log- Stardate 3298 A.D.– The excavation team has discovered the source of the heavy metals and it seems that the colonists living quarters and buildings have just been sucked 150 feet below the planet’s surface. Even stranger the bones of the colonists are situated in a state that shows they were doing their daily routine at the time. Eating dinner, working, exercising, it seems as if not one showed any cause for alarm. My head, my head is killing me. It feels as if a Ceti Eel has crawled inside my brain. I am not the only human on the ship suffering from these headaches either. There must be some kind of strange gas on the atmosphere this planet that our filters are not removing.
Captains Log- Stardate 3298 A.D.– It’s massacre! The crew, they just started.. Claws erupted from their hands… Blood every where, sores all over my body. Blood, blood everywhere. My head, make it stop. For the love of God, make the pain stop. Ensign Skarsgard, in half, the claws. Tore him. His viscera. They ate it. Insect mandibles on their mouths. MY HEAD!!!! Make it STOOOOOP! It feels like its going to ex…………………………………………………………………………………………
Take one part Science Fiction, one part Progressive Metal, one part Thrash Metal, and two parts Death, blend to a pulp, shake, garnish with killer guitar solos and licks, and serve. You now have Arizona metal band Vektor. Check out their album Outer Isolation in its entirety. Trust me, this album will rock you into another dimension as well as satisfy your inner nerd at the same time, do not pass this one up. Now excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor and give this another spin (and jump on Amazon and order it up). Enjoy and let us know what you thought!! Peace Love and Metal!!!