The Mars Volta's De-Loused in The Comatorium is Essential Listening: Here's Why

June 24th saw the entirely unheralded ten-year anniversary of modern prog-rock landmark De-Loused In The Comatorium, the debut album of recently defunct The Mars Volta. Given that the critical response to its appearance back in 2003 was so incredibly varied (although it currently holds a Metacritic score of 82/100, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone were deeply unimpressed), I think it's time for a quick look back and a quick snapshot of the present, and a re-assessment of what this album meant.

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