Following At the Drive-In, whose time in the indie-rock world was cut short before the band broke big, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler decided that Mars Volta wouldn't be so much as a reincarnation of ATDI as it would be a new entity with a new personality. In the case of "De-Loused," it's a multitude of personalities that emerge, including those from the jazz enthusiast, the indie rocker and the weirdo making strange noises with a musical instrument. Songs like the 12-minute "Cicatriz ESP" incorporate all, and even none, of the above, building from a deep-reaching bass line and Rodriguez's piercing yelps to corridors of Zeppelin-tinged breaks and acid-jazz interludes drowned by spacey effects. From the arena guitar-paved "Roulette Dares (The Haunt of)" to the tribal backbone of "Drunkship of Lanterns," "De-Loused" is a chaotic ticket to the nut house.
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