Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jeremy Michael Ward


This is a collaboration between Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward. Both of which very important to birth and evolution of The Mars Volta. Omar of course the primary song writer and group director for the Volta and Jeremy who provided the ambient and sound scape effects for De-loused In Comatorium and their EP Tremulant contributing to a more depthful and atmospheric Volta.

Unfortunately Ward died from a heroin overdose at the age of 27 a month before the release of their debut De-loused and in tribute five years later Omar produced and released this album which originally was never going to be released was to be only to be shared around their circle of friends.

Now It’s important to say this is certainly not progressive rock in any shape or form and I think people can only be disappointed by this record if they have no knowledge or awareness of Avant Garde,Music concrete and other such noise music. The only relevant comparison I can associate this album with would be avant composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, without this knowledge you may be lost. This album consists of effects and sounds which bare little resemblance to melody or structure but are explorations of sounds and atmospherics providing themes and moods. As far as I can tell there is no feature of standard rock instruments such as guitar and drums and may just feature keyboards and modulators. Personally being interested in such music I find this album very intriguing and was ultimately impressed. Pretentious noise? possibly. But fantastic noise none the less.

This is an old Mars Volta video with Jeremy Ward, which shows some of the difference Ward used to bring to the table.

This is a guest contribution by Cozzy , who likes to educate people in the ways of Prog. You can catch him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter


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