Rocked: All Time Favorite Albums: The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute

A series looking at my all time favorite albums. This video is dedicated to 2005’s Frances The Mute by The Mars Volta.

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Rocked!  A series that at least once a week will take a new album in the rock genre (everything from soft alternative to metal) under review so you can see if it's worth your time and money.


  1. Moviemantweeter1999

    I can’t blame this album for being one of your favorites it helped you though hard times in college. In one of the photos I thought you were going to point out that the lead singer of this band was wearing an Oakland raiders shirt but guess you didn’t recognize that like I did. But this album is really dark him murdering a lot of his friends because of the hullucination is just plain brutal and I just feel bad for him. But I will definitely listen to this album when I have the chance even though it’s long.

  2. In October of 2008, I saw The Mars Volta perform live in New Orleans at Voodoo Fest.

    I was in high school, my right eardrum had burst the night before (unrelated medical emergency) and it was the first time I had ever had to take serious prescriptions (got hell high). Despite this, I caught a ride with my brother to ditch school and go to the festival. It was dark out, I was surrounded by thousands of drunk, high, and horny people, and, had just had my first beer (several, in fact) and smoked my first joint. Me and my brother were never very close, as I rarely got to see him, but at that concert, we both hung out and had a really good time, and I feel like I really got to know him for one of the first times. I had never before heard of The Mars Volta, but he said I would love them.

    When they came on stage, it is impossible to describe how I felt. Their sound, their energy, the passion they put into their music (by the end of the first song, 2 mike stands had already been smashed/ bent into a half pretzel, and an a bandana/ shirt combo had been ripped off and thrown to the crowd). The energy from, not just them, but the crowd as well, made me feel euphoric and alive (and completely ignore the pain of my eardrum). I had never heard music like this before, and I had never seen musicians perform like they did.

    I have been to many concerts since then, many more artists, and had seen many before that. But I look back on that one show in particular very fondly, and as a real stepping stone in my then developing teenage years. I own every Mars Volta album, and listen to them all still; but as a band, and the memories that they helped me create, they hold a special place in my heart.

  3. This sounds amazing. I’ll have to check it out. I too was a college froshie in 2005! Sounds like we had similarly terrible experiences! Woo! Regardless, I’m a little surprised I’ve never heard of this, because, again, sounds amazing. I guess I was more into metal then? I guess I’m still more into metal, but gonna go look this up now!

  4. I always kind of liked the Mars Volta but never really got into them. This is some great stuff! This reminds me of two albums:
    Shadow Gallery – Tyranny and Room V, two concept albums detailing a fictional new world order. Super proggy; parts of the first track reminded me of “The Archer of Ben Salem.”
    Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction is heavy and chaotic, featuring orchestration and choiris, along with a list of who’s who in heavy metal vocalists.

  5. This review has made me so happy. When I was in high school, this band was the undercurrent music of everything I listened to. I’d listen to everything and anything thru high school and college, and be fans of other musicians with my friends — but the Mars Volta was, and still is, a personal, intimate favorite.

    I also sang along to their bizarre lyrics – it’s hard not to! I’d be caught singing Day of the Baphomets and Drunkship of Lanterns all the time around the house.

    It’s IMPOSSIBLE to forget this band once you’ve heard it, and the sheer amount of raw talent on display in their albums is jaw-dropping.

    Awesome, awesome review of Francis the Mute. Well done! Totally made my day~

  6. Speaking of coincidences, I was listening to Frances the Mute an hour ago, then I came here and lo and behold, a review for Frances the Mute! Hell of an album, one of my favorites. I was a freshmen when it came out too, but in high school. It also reminds me of happier days. Great review.

  7. I like Mars Volta but I never really checked them out all that much, this review inspired me to listen to them more and I’m glad I did. They’re pretty amazing. I can’t believe the version of this album I had didn’t have Cassandra Gemini on it. I sure missed out. I checked it out after watching this review and it instantly became my favorite song of theirs. It even made me like Jazz which I have always hated, but that last bit at around the 27 minute mark was fantastic. Do you know any other bands that have a Jazzy metal/rock sound similar to that part of the song? It blew me away, for the first time in my life I’m interested in discovering more Jazz influenced music.

    Also thanks for another great review. You’ve exposed me to some of my favorite new band, and you can’t put a price on that.

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