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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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  • DDevilized

    TBIG is my fave as well. It's their least pretentious work, a tour de force without distractions, it's over the top and that's what TMV are so great at.

    3 May 5:48pm Reply
  • Namidenha


    30 Apr 5:16pm Reply
  • MoogInRow

    Frances the Mute is always gonna be their best in my eyes

    24 Apr 11:06pm Reply
  • strom-z

    For me, nothing beats Frances! [2]

    24 Apr 2:57pm Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    This band is the perfect example of why Pitchfork is bullshit

    20 Apr 12:24am Reply
  • wholelottay


    17 Apr 11:04pm Reply

    Wow look at this Omar doppelgänger in this Pulsar band.

    15 Apr 7:40am Reply
  • Aarny

    Octahedron was actually the album that got me into them after De-loused did nothing for me.

    11 Apr 4:49pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    Octahedron is a good album. It initially disappointed me because it was the follow up to my favorite TMV album, and was obviously a much different style than Bedlam. I've warmed up to it over time.

    9 Apr 9:10pm Reply
  • Johanusus

    Slow core Mars Volta is best Mars Volta. Octahedron is a fine record.

    2 Apr 3:53pm Reply
  • 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
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