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The Mars Volta - "This Apparatus Must be Unearthed"

The Mars Volta This Apparatus Must be Unearthed

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (2)

Pro Keys:
Pro Guitar:
Pro Bass:

Author Notes

One of the shortest songs on the album. This song has a more basic song structure (verse, chorus, verse, chorus) which isn't found in many Mars Volta songs; at least not on this album. 
What's interesting to note about this song is the very ending drum solo. Although this custom version has the drum track playing forward, on the final recording the drum solo is actually reversed. However cool it is to listen to (and it is), I didn't find it worked that well for rock band, so I opted to use the "demo version" drum solo. The demo and the final master are identical is every way with the exception of some panning of the guitars and keys. The demo is also unmastered, so you get the full dynamic range of the song (something I complained about in the write-up for "Roulette Dares"), I'm sorry to go on about this for two write-ups, but it really bothers me!
This is an upgrade from sideshows customs. A while ago I spoke to him about updating various Mars Volta Tracks. All credits for the original drum-only custom go to sideshow and ItalianStal1ion. I added guitar, bass, and vox, and made some minor changes to the drum part.
Update: (04-23-2018)
- Added venue


Glad to see more Mars Volta being charted, especially since it's from De-loused!

February 15, 2018

Mars volta is the best shit out there.

April 20, 2018

I gotta ask, did you use the demo version of this song when you re-charted it? I FC'd this version on Pro Drums a while ago and I was always curious why the ending mix sounded so different compared to the original... until I listened to the demo LOL

April 23, 2018
The drum solo is taken from the demo version, however the rest of the song is the final album version. I was wondering how long it would take before someone noticed!
June 11, 2019

When I converted this to Phase Shift for use in Clone Hero, the exact same note was broken every time (the fourth RYB chord in the intro guitar riff, save for the first time it happens). I don't know if this is also the case in RB3, but can it be fixed?