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The Mars Volta

Picking up the pieces from At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta and wasted little time branching out into elements of hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz that expanded on the boundaries of their previous work. Although their previous band's demise ultimately arrived before they were able to truly capitalize on their mounting commercial triumphs, the Mars Volta immediately impressed with their willingness to eschew conventional logic and push themselves into new artistic directions instead of opting for the more marketable sounds. (Interestingly, their progressive yet streamlined approach gave them the early lead among critics against their former bandmates in Sparta, the more emo-leaning of the bands resulting from the split.) Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez enlisted friends Ikie Owens (also of the Long Beach Dub Allstars) and Jeremy Michael Ward, and the Mars Volta debuted with the EP Tremulant in 2002. Still, as much of their reputation was built on the strength of their live show, their highly energetic performances resulted in a wave of word-of-mouth hype that elevated the band to near-mythic proportions because so little of their recorded material was available to the public. Sadly, Ward passed away May 25, 2003 at the age of 27 from an apparent drug overdose. The Mars Volta had recently returned from an European tour supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers, where they introduced brand-new tracks from the full-length De-Loused in the Comatorium, which was released via Universal the following June.

The band returned in early 2005 with their second full-length, the ambitious song cycle Frances the Mute. (They also issued the live set Scab Dates later that year.) Leading up to the release of third album Amputechture in September 2006, drummer Jon Theodore quit and was replaced by Blake Fleming (who had played on early Mars Volta demos). The album also featured an expanded role for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante. Less than a year later, in late 2007, the new single "Wax Simulacra" paved the way for the fourth Mars Volta album, The Bedlam in Goliath, which debuted at number three on the American albums chart. Less than two years later, the band had prepared their follow-up, a slightly quieter outing titled Octahedron that became their debut for Warner Bros. Rodriguez-Lopez has also recorded multiple times, producing more than a half-dozen albums within the span of as many years. In 2011, it was announced that At the Drive-In would be reuniting, though this didn't slow down Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez, who released their sixth album as the Mars Volta, Noctourniquet, in early 2012. ~ Matt Fink, Rovi
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dylan_campbe l l
man, pandora. y'all got to up your mars volta trivia game. i could rattle off a more detailed bio if i was dick-in-the- d i r t drunk.
I like how the Drummer they picked up was actually Thomas Pridgen, not Blake lol
Yes! Jazz Fusion. Potential To be great! Like Return To Forever.
Ikie Owens :/ sad day.
Best band ever!
What is this juvenile noise and why is it on my station ?
Strictly worse than ATDI but still awesome and much better than Sparta.
It was always fun to watch them live. One of the very few bands that i'd go see if they had a one off show some place distant.
dapetergshow
Didn't mention Thomas Pridgen. Schmuck
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now you've started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
They are the greatest band that started in this millennium period.
Omar is the biggest ego in music...
Hey man muse is no tmv but c'mon!! Theres talent there, maybe not nearly as much creativity.
Google Mars Volta with David Guetta. They didn't really work together (It's confusing) but look for the AntiMusic.co m article and there's a link to download 15 unreleased songs TMV released. I guess it was gonna be the next album... Mostly instrumental / b e f o r e lyrics but its cool. No bullshit
Thanks redskins, will check his new band
I know it's ridiculous that they put those bands in with TMV, but you have to realize the fact that TMV's sound is so unique that nobody can replicate it!
they're separated because omar has a new band. nocturnaquet wasn't their best album but certainly fit in the catalog. don't count on them coming back. bosnian rainbows is omar's new band and he was the heart and soul of this band.
I
Thought Nocturniquit
Was a good album. But what's goin wit Volta? How come they're separated?

TMV is one of the greatest, under rated bands ever. They're like Black Sabbath and Rush fused with every other epic musicician ever, and just because they're on hiatus doesn't mean the band is over for good. I hope they do something else. They need to make up for nocturnaquet .
Sucks they're no longer together
fav band ever!!I guess ill check out Bosnian Rainbows next month
Omar has his music.
F**k muse
Greatest American rockband alive. Pearl Jam excluded.
swankyswigs2 1
What are you people talking about done?? They're still touring....
I can't believe there done! Omar better be doing good with this new band but I bet there nothing compared to TMV!
Listening to TMV let me on a fruitless Pandora search for The Ritual Space Travel Agency .. another vastly underrated and far more obscure band that is no longer together, as far as I can tell.
Are they really done !?! S**t!
R.I.P T.M.V.
is it gay to put FANTASTIC.. or ami I gay for thinking that?
Creating awesome non genre music
You guys are AMAZING!!!
chris_krejci
Just like Muse, they both have a 'M' in the name!
I love these guys. Listen to the discography tripping on anything and its a night to remember.
The new Omar Rodriguez Bosnian Rainbows is some if the best music I've heard from him. I saw a love show in Santa Barbara it was amazing!!!
At the drive-in is awesome. But nothing compared to the well put together art that the mars volta is even from the beginning in deloused!
Good but i def. Prefer at the drive in
Best head phone music
Utenlok, you sir, are an idiot.
My favorite band of all time by far. I actually met Omar and his brothers in zechs marquise at a show in asheville. Omar was nice Cedric tho....I love him
..but he's a straight dick lol
Moros Eros would be a good band to put into the same category.
De-Loused is a masterpiece. It's like a Pink Floyd album. Most their other music is garbage however.
My favourite band of all time. Excellent! So much love!
Just listen and enjoy...or don't enjoy and move on.
gabrielita_l o p e z
El Paso talent!
Best Band Ever!
Been waiting too long for new material though...got t a get Noctournique t !
Get Muse off Similar Artists! Jon Theodore should have stayed with the band after Deloused. No drummer will ever replicate the awesome Latin induced grooves from their earlier s**t. Too bad. I hear cedric and Omar are tools to work with so I cant blame the man for leaving the band. Hell yeah to the recent news, At the Drive In!!!
All are great in they're own aspect. Relax, breathe and enjoy the music. Its not all supposed to take you to the same place, if it did, music would suck!
319387774
When a band is uncategorica l , such as TMV, Pandora needs to pick bands that have similarities , regardless of if they sound like each other or not. The similarities between TMV, Radiohead, and Tool, is they are all experimental . As well TMV and Tool, both have a complicated rhythm section. The similarities between TMV and Radiohead is they both use electronics and do things, such as put reversals in their music, and effects on vocals.
Muse doesn't deserve to smell TMV's f*rts. WTF.
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