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There are at least two bands by the name of Sparta.

1. An American alternative rock band active in the 2000’s
2. A British metal band active in the 1980’s


1. Sparta is an band which formed in El Paso, Texas in 2001. The band originally consisted of Jim Ward (vocals), Paul Hinojos (guitar) and Tony Hajjar (drums), all former members of At the Drive-In. After a brief stint with Erick Sanger, the three of them recruited Matt Miller, an El Paso native and then-bassist of Belknap to become the band’s permanent bassist.

Sparta got a deal with Dreamworks in 2001 and released their debut EP Austere in early 2002. They released their debut full-length album Wiretap Scars on August 13, 2002. The album is mostly influenced by their previous work with At the Drive-In, which is a contrast from The Mars Volta, formed by the other two ex-members of ATD-I, which departs entirely from post-hardcore and instead focuses on or . This album is also a lot cleaner and more accessible than At the Drive-In’s experimentation.

On May 25, 2003, Ward’s cousin Jeremy, the sound manipulator for The Mars Volta, died of a heroin overdose. Hinojos would leave Sparta in 2005 to join TMV as their secondary guitarist and filling in Jeremy Ward’s position as sound manipulator. He was replaced by Keeley Davis.

Sparta’s second full-length album Porcelain was released July 13, 2004 and peaked at #60 on the Billboard 200. The first single released from the album was “Breaking The Broken,” for which a music video was recorded that received much airplay.

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