Song of the Day: The Mars Volta – “Roulette Dares [The Haunt Of]”

Christopher Tahy Recalls: While I’m well-versed in a lot of modern day music, I’d have to say the lynch pin to my knowledge and discoveries has to be because of The Mars Volta. One of my first true progressive loves, The Mars Volta helped define my high school career and taught me that music could be a lot more then I was giving it credit for. Rising from the ashes of respected and important post-hardcore group At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta’s debut De-loused In The Comatorium was more than music but a conceptual tribute to deceased friend Julio Venegas. The album tells the tale of Cerpin Taxt, a man who enters a week-long coma after overdosing on a mixture of morphine and rat poison. “Roulette Dares [The Haunt of]” has our hero Taxt awaking inside a substance that is similar to a cocoon. He emerges from the cocoon and looks outside to see that he is in an old train yard. If this has you intrigued then I suggest a full album listen. It just so happens to be, for the genre, a top album of all time.

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