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The Mars Volta


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El Paso, United States (2001 – 2013)

The Mars Volta were an American rock group formed in 2001 by guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala. They incorporate various influences including , , , and / into their sound. They are characterized for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums.

The roots of The Mars Volta are found in the band At the Drive-In. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, both members of At the Drive-In, formed an , -influenced side project called De Facto, which featured Bixler-Zavala on drums, Rodriguez-Lopez on bass, Isaiah Owens (AKA “Ikey”) on keyboards, and Jeremy Michael Ward on vocals, loops and sound effects.

Due to creative differences and discomfort with mainstream success, Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala quit At the Drive-In in 2001. The remaining members of At the Drive-In formed Sparta. By the time bassist Eva Gardner joined De Facto, they had changed their name to The Mars Volta. During 2001, the band recorded two songs with former-Laddio Bolocko drummer Blake Fleming and producer Alex Newport, which became their first demo. The lineup for their first public show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California was Rodriguez-Lopez, Bixler-Zavala, Owens, Gardner, Ward, and drummer Jon Theodore. This lineup recorded three more tracks with Alex Newport, which became the EP Tremulant, released as a limited edition in early 2002.


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  • Deadwing

    For me, nothing beats Frances!

    22 Mar 10:18am Reply
  • Raziel-Nosgoth

    Octahedron is really weak in comparision to the first four albums. Overall it's not bad. I do like "Noctourniquet" on the other hand.

    12 Mar 8:45pm Reply
  • mister_electric

    Just came here to say how exceptional Octahedron is after having revisited it... Seems the collective conscious beat me to it.

    7 Mar 8:34am Reply
  • DDevilized

    Octahedron is underrated as shit. Luciforms is my fav Volta song.

    1 Mar 12:48am Reply
  • MangoManatee

    ... so since one year there is music and than there is mars volta for me. So sad i didnt knew them when they were touring as Mars Volta.

    27 Feb 5:32pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Ochtahedron is actually my favorite. Dat With Twilight As My Guide.

    23 Feb 11:48pm Reply
  • Flynner11

    You must have been phlegmatic in stature.

    16 Feb 11:54pm Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    im addicted... favorite prog rock band.

    14 Feb 1:12am Reply
  • deadgrandma

    Revisiting Ochtahedron, I've realized it's better than I remember.

    13 Feb 5:06am Reply
  • ChristFollower3

    John 3:3 “Jesus…said…Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

    12 Feb 9:57pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    first 4 albums 10/10

    9 Feb 10:26pm Reply
  • wholly-mountain is their greatest work. i thought we all knew this?

    8 Feb 11:24am Reply
  • Sydward

    Bedlam was incredible. I honestly think the first four are pretty much equal to one another. Octahedron and Noctorniquet are good, but don't strike me like the others. Easily like them more than Antemasque though. Hopefully if they stay under the Antemasque label, the next album will at least be a little more experimental.

    6 Feb 5:54pm Reply
  • igorcaroco

    Amputechture was (probably[2]) their best. [3] But I think The Bedlam in Goliath was pretty solid album. Wish they'd drop Antemasque and get The Mars Volta de vuelta.

    6 Feb 4:28pm Reply
  • Sydward

    Also, Amputechture was (probably[1]) their best. [2]

    6 Feb 6:19am Reply
  • Sydward

    El Ciervo Vulnerado is their most hallucination inducing song. Begin discussion.

    6 Feb 6:17am Reply
  • renoodles

    omar omontaña

    26 Jan 12:40pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    shame about the last two albums

    20 Jan 4:29pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    What a great band. I'm happy I saw them live twice.

    17 Jan 6:00am Reply
  • Gh0stb

    They have been going downhill ever since Amputechture [2] Amputechture was their best

    14 Jan 9:08pm Reply
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