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* AdventuresInComaland: ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'' is definitely one of the stranger and darker examples of this. Imagine ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' from the perspective of a suicidal drug addict and you'll get a good idea of the album's story.



*** At another live show someone threw beer at Cedric and between songs he said he would fight outside after the show and that he would "kick their fucking ass"
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*** At another live show someone threw beer at Cedric and between songs he said he would fight outside after the show and that he would "kick their fucking ass"
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* DreamLand: The Comatorium is one of the more bizarre examples in fiction. Seriously, the [[https://xivilization.net/~marek/binaries/DeLoused_storybook.pdf story]] explaining the meaning of each song must be read to be believed.


** The [[https://ih0.redbubble.net/image.175905721.4226/flat,550x550,075,f.u1.jpg album cover]] of ''Frances the Mute'' as well, along with the single covers for [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41tJe7ZNGEL.jpg the title track]] and "[[https://images.genius.com/8bbd0189bbb80f576a72d7c64cc6bfa4.850x850x1.jpg The]] [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qCq1Cwm%2BL.jpg Widow]]".

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** ''Frances the Mute'' basically runs on this. Everything about it, from the oblique story to the ambient soundscapes to the visual design of the cover, is designed to be subtly disturbing. The [[https://ih0.redbubble.net/image.175905721.4226/flat,550x550,075,f.u1.jpg album cover]] of ''Frances the Mute'' as well, cover]], along with the single covers for [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41tJe7ZNGEL.jpg the title track]] and "[[https://images.genius.com/8bbd0189bbb80f576a72d7c64cc6bfa4.850x850x1.jpg The]] [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qCq1Cwm%2BL.jpg Widow]]".Widow]]" exemplify this as well.


None of this has resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but the band members have confirmed that it's just a matter of time before one happens; Rodríguez-López has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen, and it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved). Bixler-Zavala also indicated on Website/{{Twitter}} in February 2018 that a reunion [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962120912844681216 will occur]], though he later [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962820868744216576 clarified]] that it wouldn't be immediate.

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None of this has resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but the band members have confirmed that it's just a matter of time before one happens; Rodríguez-López has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen, and it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved). Bixler-Zavala also indicated on Website/{{Twitter}} in February 2018 that a reunion [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962120912844681216 will occur]], though he later [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962820868744216576 clarified]] that it wouldn't be immediate. Later, in May 2019, he [[https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/05/the-mars-volta-reunion/ confirmed]] that the band were in the studio.



* EnnioMorriconePastiche: Most of "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" is one by Omar's own admission. The second movement of "Frances the Mute" ("Nineteen Sank, While Six Could Swim", which features the NightmareFuel lyrical passage that arguably frames the entire album) also arguably qualifies.

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* EnnioMorriconePastiche: Most of "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" is one by Omar's own admission. The second movement of "Frances the Mute" ("Nineteen Sank, While Six Could Swim", which features the NightmareFuel disturbing lyrical passage that arguably frames the entire album) also arguably qualifies.qualifies.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Depends on your definition of "epic", but "Frances the Mute" features four and a half minutes of metallic percussion and eerie ambient sound before the band comes in. Notably, the percussion part seems to be tapping out an SOS in Morse code, which carries disturbing implications in the context of the album.


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** The [[https://ih0.redbubble.net/image.175905721.4226/flat,550x550,075,f.u1.jpg album cover]] of ''Frances the Mute'' as well, along with the single covers for [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41tJe7ZNGEL.jpg the title track]] and "[[https://images.genius.com/8bbd0189bbb80f576a72d7c64cc6bfa4.850x850x1.jpg The]] [[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51qCq1Cwm%2BL.jpg Widow]]".


* AltumVidetur: The song movement "Facilis descenus averni" translates as "Easy Is the Descent into Hell"; "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me"; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".


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* GratuitousLatin: The song movement "Facilis descenus averni" translates as "Easy Is the Descent into Hell"; "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me"; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".


The Mars Volta was/is a GenreBusting ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (at some points also based in Mexico) formed in 2001. ''Rolling Stone'' magazine named them the best prog-rock band of 2008. As of Feburary 2018, they have released six studio albums, an EP, a live album, and a handful of other releases including an unofficial B-sides and outtakes collection leaked to the Internet from an unknown source in August 2013. While critically divisive in some quarters (Pitchfork infamously gave a scathing 2.0/10 review to their second album ''Frances the Mute'', by far the lowest rating it received from any major music publication), their work, particularly their first three albums, has attracted particular acclaim from the progressive rock community.

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The Mars Volta was/is a GenreBusting ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (at some points also based in Mexico) formed in 2001. ''Rolling Stone'' magazine named them the best prog-rock band of 2008. As of Feburary 2018, they have released six studio albums, an EP, a live album, and a handful of other releases including an unofficial B-sides and outtakes collection leaked to the Internet from an unknown source in August 2013. 2013.

While critically divisive in some quarters (Pitchfork infamously [[EightPointEight infamously]] gave a scathing 2.0/10 review to their second album ''Frances the Mute'', by far the lowest rating it received from any major music publication), their work, particularly their first three albums, has attracted particular acclaim from the progressive rock community.
community, and in 2008 earned the title of Best Prog-Rock Band from ''Magazine/RollingStone''.


* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams - [[TropesAreTools not that]] [[AwesomeMusic anyone's complaining]]. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.

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* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams - [[TropesAreTools not that]] [[AwesomeMusic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic anyone's complaining]]. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.

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** PunBasedTitle: In a lot of cases, the portmanteau titles also qualify as these. Good examples include "Luciforms" ("Lucifer"/"cruciforms") and "Dyslexicon" ("dyslexia"/"lexicon").


** All but a few song transitions on most of their albums qualify, really.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They can vary from anywhere from a 1 (most of "Televators" apart from the ending and the chorus, parts of "Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore") to about an 8 (the heaviest parts of songs like "Aberinkula" and "Day of the Baphomets"). Asking "Are the Mars Volta a metal band?" at the right forum might be a good way to start a twenty-page argument; a number of reviewers have categorised them as such, but most metal sites don't actually have them listed in their archives (though a few, such as [[http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/band.php?band_id=3803 Metal Storm]], have pages for them). Overall, they're probably comparable to Music/{{Rush}} in that, at their heaviest, they might as well be metal, but they have enough softer moments that most people probably wouldn't categorise them as metal ''overall''. Prog Archives, for whatever that's worth, has them categorised as "Heavy Prog", which is pretty much the step between normal ProgressiveRock and ProgressiveMetal.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They can vary from anywhere from a 1 (most of "Televators" apart from the ending and the chorus, parts of "Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore") to about an 8 (the heaviest parts of songs like "Aberinkula" and "Day of the Baphomets"). Asking "Are the Mars Volta a metal band?" at the right forum might be a good way to start a twenty-page argument; a number of reviewers have categorised them as such, but most metal sites don't actually have them listed in their archives (though a few, such as [[http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/band.php?band_id=3803 Metal Storm]], have pages for them). Overall, they're probably comparable to Music/{{Rush}} in that, at their heaviest, they might as well be metal, and they definitely have a lot of riffs that wouldn't feel out of place in metal songs, but they also have enough softer moments that most people probably wouldn't categorise them as metal ''overall''. (''The Bedlam in Goliath'' is probably the closest they came to making a full-on metal album, but even then, it's debatable whether it qualifies.) Prog Archives, for whatever that's worth, has them categorised as "Heavy Prog", which is pretty much the step between normal ProgressiveRock and ProgressiveMetal.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: "Cassandra Gemini" seems to end with one of these for [[spoiler: Vismund Cygnus]].
--> "You ain't got nothing, your life was just a lie"


** "Zed and Two Naughts" is named after a film from 1985 directed by Peter Greenaway, whom Cedirc has also mentioned in interviews as being a fan of.

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** "Zed and Two Naughts" is named after a film from 1985 directed by Peter Greenaway, whom Cedirc has also mentioned in interviews as being a fan of.


* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the names Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López are dull-sounding.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the names Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López are dull-sounding. Also, Cerpin Taxt and Vismund Cygnus.


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* DownerEnding: Their first two albums both seem to end this way.
** ''Deloused in the Comatorium'' ends with [[spoiler: Cerpin Taxt awakening from his coma only to throw himself off of a highway overpass in "Televators", and seemingly permanently trapped in the Comatorium in "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt", which could be interpreted as a DyingDream]].
** ''Frances the Mute'' is not at all clear about its events, but it definitely doesn't seem to be happy. [[spoiler: In "Cassandra Gemini", Frances' alternate personality Cassandra apparently murders the priests that raped her in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Afterwards, she seems to lapse back into muteness, and the album ends with a very bleak reprise of the first section's chorus before reprising the intro of "Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus".]]
--> ''"Now there's no light, now there's no time''\\
''You ain't got nothing, your life was just a lie"''


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* DyingDream: "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" can be interpreted as one.


* ReligionRantSong: Several songs on ''Amputechture'' are apparently examples, although it's sometimes difficult to tell with the WordSaladLyrics. There is a pretty anti-religious theme to the concept of ''Frances the Mute'' as well.

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* ReligionRantSong: Several songs on ''Amputechture'' are apparently examples, although it's sometimes difficult to tell with the WordSaladLyrics. There is a pretty strongly anti-religious theme to the concept of ''Frances the Mute'' Mute'', too, and evidently ''Noctorniquet'' has a bit of this as well.


** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).

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** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s (more specifically, Еле́на Ли́дия Васи́льевна Миро́нова or Ilyena Lidiya Vasilievna Mironova) - she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).actress.

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** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).

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