I understand what you're trying to say, but if that were the case they wouldn't be The Mars Volta anymore. It would take away a lot of what is awesome about them.
still love the mars volta more, they've pushed far more boundaries in all that is art and music, but atdi were undeniably a phenomenal band that resembled youth and energy while maintaining that free experimental spirit. relationship of command and acrobatic tenement were definitely my favorites.
Couldn't have put that any better myself. As a prog nerd everything TMV do and the level of musicianship/experimentation they display while doing it naturally appeals to me more. Dosn't take anything away from ATDI's legacy though.