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The best album since the height of the 70s,
This review is from: De-Loused in the Comatorium (Audio CD)At the Drive-In went prog? If you were an avid listener of ATDI throughout their run you probably noticed that Relationship of Command was their first album that started shifting from Indie rock to a more experimental fusion of many genres. And when I heard the band had split into two different camps, I knew TMV was going to be the better half by far.
So Tremulant comes and goes, and while it was a brilliant EP, I knew it was just TMV's warm up. De-loused in the Comatorium confirms that in every way.
Containing a sound more akin to Led Zeppelin, Yes, King Crimson, early Santana, and Syd Barret era Pink Floyd mixed together, then the post hardcore of ATDI; it's hard not to label it as a mass fusion of what made the 70's the best period in music history. But instead of ripping off all of their different influences, the band has created one of the most original styles I've ever heard.
The prog/salsa of Drunkship of Lanterns is the best potrayal of the bands sound, a grooving bass line, both trippy and driving guitars, and incredibly tight drumming, not to mention Cedric wailing his lungs out. Words cannot express just how much Omar and Cedric have both improved. Omar has become the single most inspiring guitarist since Jimmy Page, and Cedric has changed his vocals from an energetic rap/shout to beautiful wailing that can only be described as being akin to Robert Plant in his prime.
In true prog fashion the album follows the storyline inspired by a childhood friend of Omar and Cedric's, Cerpin Taxt's story is one of sorrow but the music for the most part is incredibly upbeat and lyrically the William Burroughs inspired stories create imagery that brings the songs to life.
It may take a few listens to sink in, but once it does, it'll be the only cd you'll listen to for months. Easily one of the best albums ever created.