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OriginThe Mars Volta_header_cell_0_2_0 El Paso, Texas, U.S.The Mars Volta_cell_0_2_1
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Years activeThe Mars Volta_header_cell_0_4_0 2001–2013The Mars Volta_cell_0_4_1
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The Mars Volta was an American progressive rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The Mars Volta_sentence_0

The band's final live lineup consisted of Omar Rodríguez-López (guitar, producer, direction), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals, lyrics), Juan Alderete (bass), Marcel Rodríguez-López (keyboards, percussion), and Deantoni Parks (drums). The Mars Volta_sentence_1

The band formed following the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala's previous band, At the Drive-In. The Mars Volta_sentence_2

They were known for their energetic live shows and their concept albums. The Mars Volta_sentence_3

In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the Best Hard Rock Performance category for the song "Wax Simulacra". The Mars Volta_sentence_4

In 2008, they were named Best Prog-Rock Band by Rolling Stone magazine. The Mars Volta_sentence_5

Following a run of reunion shows with At the Drive-In, the Mars Volta entered a hiatus in September 2012. The Mars Volta_sentence_6

Omar Rodríguez-López and Parks then formed a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. The Mars Volta_sentence_7

Four months later, the band formally broke up. The Mars Volta_sentence_8

Bixler-Zavala and Alderete subsequently formed a new band, Zavalaz. The Mars Volta_sentence_9

Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala eventually reunited in 2014 for a new project, Antemasque. The Mars Volta_sentence_10

At the Drive-In reunited again in 2015 before splitting in 2018. The Mars Volta_sentence_11

Comments from the pair have indicated that they plan to reunite The Mars Volta in the future, but as of 2020 there is no specific information on the timing of a reunion. The Mars Volta_sentence_12

Band name The Mars Volta_section_0

Cedric Bixler-Zavala stated in an interview: The Mars Volta_sentence_13

History The Mars Volta_section_1

Formation and beginning (2001–2002) The Mars Volta_section_2

Main articles: At the Drive-In and De Facto (band) The Mars Volta_sentence_14

The roots of the Mars Volta are found in the band At the Drive-In. The Mars Volta_sentence_15

ATDI imploded on the verge of a commercial breakthrough, partly due to boredom, partly to musical differences. The Mars Volta_sentence_16

Members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López began to further explore their experimental, dub-influenced side project called De Facto, which featured Bixler-Zavala on drums, Rodríguez-López on bass, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens on keyboards, and Jeremy Michael Ward on vocals, loops and sound effects. The Mars Volta_sentence_17

Due to creative differences and discomfort with mainstream success and drug abuse, Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala quit At the Drive-In in 2001. The Mars Volta_sentence_18

The remaining members of the band formed Sparta. The Mars Volta_sentence_19

During 2001 Eva Gardner joined the members of De Facto on bass, and they recorded two songs with drummer Blake Fleming and producer Alex Newport, which became the first demo by the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta_sentence_20

The lineup for their first public show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California was Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, Owens, Gardner, Ward, and drummer Jon Theodore. The Mars Volta_sentence_21

This lineup recorded three more tracks with Alex Newport, which became the EP Tremulant, released in early 2002 by Gold Standard Laboratories. The Mars Volta_sentence_22

After the demise of At the Drive-In, Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala found themselves once again starting from the ground up, touring and performing in smaller venues. The Mars Volta_sentence_23

In their early years the Mars Volta were characterized by chaotic live shows and heavy drug use. The Mars Volta_sentence_24

De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003–2004) The Mars Volta_section_3

Main article: De-Loused in the Comatorium The Mars Volta_sentence_25

Following Tremulant, the Mars Volta continued touring with a fluid line-up while preparing to record their debut full-length album De-Loused in the Comatorium, produced with Rick Rubin and released on June 24, 2003. The Mars Volta_sentence_26

Whereas Tremulant had no general theme (except the prophetic mentioning) De-Loused was a unified work of speculative fiction telling the first-person story of someone in a drug-induced coma, battling the evil side of his mind. The Mars Volta_sentence_27

Though lyrically obscure, the Mars Volta stated in interviews that the album's protagonist is based on their late friend Julio Venegas, or "Cerpin Taxt", an El Paso poet and artist who went into a coma for several years after a deliberate drug overdose, recovered and later committed suicide. The Mars Volta_sentence_28

He died jumping from the Mesa Street overpass onto Interstate-10 in El Paso during afternoon rush-hour traffic. The Mars Volta_sentence_29

(Venegas' death was also referenced in the At the Drive-In song "Embroglio" from their album Acrobatic Tenement.) The Mars Volta_sentence_30

In an interview with The Aquarian Weekly in 2008, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said about working with Rubin, "Rick really over-simplified some of the parts that we thought were unique, and just made them very digestible. The Mars Volta_sentence_31

He's got this thing about representing the common man's ears—I'd rather jab the common man's ears. The Mars Volta_sentence_32

If we don't, we'll never get to a place where future music exists." The Mars Volta_sentence_33

The Mars Volta had no official bassist during the recording session, but Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) played bass on nine of the album's ten songs, with Justin Meldal-Johnsen playing double bass on "Televators." The Mars Volta_sentence_34

Flea's bandmate John Frusciante also contributed additional guitar, synthesizer and backing vocals to "Cicatriz ESP". The Mars Volta_sentence_35

After several temporary replacements, a permanent bassist for the band was found in Juan Alderete (formerly of Racer X). The Mars Volta_sentence_36

Despite limited promotion, De-Loused earned strong reviews, and appeared on several 'year-end best-of' lists. The Mars Volta_sentence_37

The album remains the Mars Volta's best-seller, with over 500,000 copies sold. The Mars Volta_sentence_38

Rolling Stone ranked a track from De-Loused, "Drunkship of Lanterns", the 91st Best Guitar Song Ever. The Mars Volta_sentence_39

The band later released a limited-edition storybook version of the album, available by download from the Gold Standard Laboratories website. The Mars Volta_sentence_40

The book speaks of Cerpin Taxt (Julio Venegas) and his suicide. The Mars Volta_sentence_41

While on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of the album, founding member Jeremy Michael Ward died of a heroin overdose. The Mars Volta_sentence_42

The band had canceled the tour's second leg, and the first single from De-Loused was later dedicated to Ward. The Mars Volta_sentence_43

It was this event which finally convinced band leaders Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala to purportedly quit using opioids. The Mars Volta_sentence_44

Bixler-Zavala recalled: "One day, we were all getting high, and Jeremy asked me if I could see he had worms in his head. The Mars Volta_sentence_45

I never touched the stuff again. The Mars Volta_sentence_46

His passing was the final nail in the coffin. The Mars Volta_sentence_47

We never went back." The Mars Volta_sentence_48

Frances the Mute (2005) The Mars Volta_section_4

Main article: Frances the Mute The Mars Volta_sentence_49

As the band resumed touring to support De-Loused, they added Marcel Rodríguez-López (Omar's brother) on percussion. The Mars Volta_sentence_50

Work on their second album began in 2004. The Mars Volta_sentence_51

That year the band received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Vanguard Award. The Mars Volta_sentence_52

In 2005, the band released Frances the Mute. The Mars Volta_sentence_53

The story given by the band on the album's concept concerns a diary that had been found in a repossessed car by late sound technician Jeremy Ward, while working as a repo-man. The Mars Volta_sentence_54

The author of the diary is unknown but appeared to be someone who was adopted and was searching for their birth parents, and who may have suffered from mental illness caused by the death of a loved one. The Mars Volta_sentence_55

The lyrics for each track on the album are loosely based on characters and life events described in this person's diary. The Mars Volta_sentence_56

Frances the Mute started as a bigger commercial hit than De-Loused, moving 123,000 copies in its first week, and debuting at No. The Mars Volta_sentence_57

4 on the Billboard album charts. The Mars Volta_sentence_58

Reviews of Frances were generally positive (with a 75 on Metacritic) if somewhat polarized; Rolling Stone called it "a feverish and baroque search for self that conjures up the same majesty and gravity as Led Zeppelin three decades before", and even the detractors of Frances the Mute generally praised the band's musical abilities. The Mars Volta_sentence_59

"L'Via L'Viaquez" was later released as a single, stripped down from its original 12-minute length to five minutes. The Mars Volta_sentence_60

Frances the Mute has sold nearly 465,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan ratings. The Mars Volta_sentence_61

Rodríguez-López wrote all of the instrumental parts as well as arranging and producing the recording sessions himself. The Mars Volta_sentence_62

He used a method that Miles Davis used to evoke great performances from bandmates: refusing to let the other members hear each other's parts, or the context of their own part, thereby forcing them to play each part as if it were a self-sufficient song. The Mars Volta_sentence_63

In order to accomplish this, the musicians recorded to the pulse of a metronome. The Mars Volta_sentence_64

While in the studio, Rodríguez-López recruited Adrián Terrazas-González to play saxophone, flute, and additional wind instruments for the album. The Mars Volta_sentence_65

Terrazas-González was added as a permanent member to the Mars Volta while touring in support of Frances the Mute. The Mars Volta_sentence_66

Several songs written during the original recording sessions for the album never made the final cut. The Mars Volta_sentence_67

Notably, the self-titled 14-minute epic "Frances the Mute", which was originally to open the album and was ultimately supposed to decode the album's concept, was not included due to time constraints. The Mars Volta_sentence_68

Instead the track was featured as a b-side to the single release for "The Widow". The Mars Volta_sentence_69

On May 20, 2005, instead of playing a traditional set at KROQ's Weenie Roast Festival, the band played a 50-minute improvisation jam that was jokingly named on-the-spot as "Abortion, The Other White Meat" by Rodríguez-López. The Mars Volta_sentence_70

In keeping with the Mars Volta's tradition of testing and developing new work live, parts of "Abortion" later appeared on "Population Council's Wet Dream" from Rodríguez-López's 2009 album Old Money. The Mars Volta_sentence_71

Midway through their headlining U.S. tour, former At the Drive-In member Paul Hinojos left the band Sparta to join the Mars Volta, claiming, "My time with Sparta has run its course, and simply wasn't fun anymore." The Mars Volta_sentence_72

Hinojos joined as rhythm guitarist and became the band's sound manipulator, the position previously held by the late Ward. The Mars Volta_sentence_73

Hinojos had previously toured with the Mars Volta in 2003 and 2004. The Mars Volta_sentence_74

During mid-2005, the band toured in support of the album with System of a Down and curated the All Tomorrow's Parties festival at Camber Sands in England. The Mars Volta_sentence_75

In addition, a full-length live album named Scabdates was released on November 8, 2005. The Mars Volta_sentence_76

Amputechture (2006–2007) The Mars Volta_section_5

Main article: Amputechture The Mars Volta_sentence_77

Upon finishing the majority of touring for Frances the Mute in fall 2005, Rodríguez-López traveled to Amsterdam and wrote what became Amputechture, which was released on September 8, 2006 in Europe, on September 9, 2006 in Australia and on September 12, 2006 in the U.S. Rodríguez-López spent much of his time in Amsterdam working on and performing various solo projects most notably under the name "Omar Rodriguez Quintet." The Mars Volta_sentence_78

During this time Rodríguez-López also composed the score to the film El Búfalo de la Noche, which was written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga and Jorge Hernandez Aldana respectively. The Mars Volta_sentence_79

The Mars Volta as a whole performed the score. The Mars Volta_sentence_80

Amputechture was produced by Rodríguez-López and mixed by Rich Costey. The Mars Volta_sentence_81

Jeff Jordan provided the artwork, making it their first album not to feature the work of Storm Thorgerson. The Mars Volta_sentence_82

It was once again a concept album, but rather than telling a story, the album was a series of vignettes, with each song telling a different story. The Mars Volta_sentence_83

It became the last album with drummer Jon Theodore, whom Rodríguez-López fired before touring in support of the album. The Mars Volta_sentence_84

Rodríguez-López said in an interview with an Italian fan site that Theodore was the only member in the band who wasn't happy playing live and brought down the moods of the rest. The Mars Volta_sentence_85

John Frusciante was featured on every track on Amputechture, except for "Asilos Magdalena." The Mars Volta_sentence_86

Rodríguez-López contributed the solos and riffs where the guitar work needed to be doubled. The Mars Volta_sentence_87

Bixler-Zavala said in an interview, "...he taught Frusciante all the new songs and Frusciante tracked guitars for us so Omar could sit back and listen to the songs objectively. The Mars Volta_sentence_88

It's great that he wants to help us and do that." The Mars Volta_sentence_89

On July 28, 2006, the drummer's spot was filled by Blake Fleming, formerly of Laddio Bolocko, Dazzling Killmen, and the very first Mars Volta demos. The Mars Volta_sentence_90

A new song titled "Rapid Fire Tollbooth" was debuted live on September 22, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois, as reported by fans and attendees of the show who had received set lists from the stage. The Mars Volta_sentence_91

The song originally appears on Rodríguez-López's solo album Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo. The Mars Volta_sentence_92

The song eventually evolved into the track "Goliath" from the band's fourth studio album. The Mars Volta_sentence_93

On September 25, 2006, the Mars Volta played a unique set on the opening night of a double-header in Toronto, Ontario. The Mars Volta_sentence_94

Cedric Bixler-Zavala fell ill and could not perform, so the Mars Volta played with John Frusciante on third guitar. The Mars Volta_sentence_95

The set consisted of over 47 minutes of instrumental material, including a lengthy cover of the Pink Floyd composition "Interstellar Overdrive." The Mars Volta_sentence_96

On October 17, 2006, while opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the band played with drummer Deantoni Parks as Rodríguez-López had fired Fleming because of complications within the band. The Mars Volta_sentence_97

Parks remained with the band only until the conclusion of the Japanese tour because of his prior commitments with other bands. The Mars Volta_sentence_98

On October 31, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, as Parks couldn't perform, the Mars Volta played an approximately 40-minute improvisation set as a rehearsal for another drummer, Thomas Pridgen. The Mars Volta_sentence_99

On a 2006 episode of The Henry Rollins Show, the Mars Volta performed "Tetragrammaton" and "Day of the Baphomets" in a rare television performance. The Mars Volta_sentence_100

Afterwards, they did an interview with Rollins about the creation of Amputechture. The Mars Volta_sentence_101

The Bedlam in Goliath (2008) The Mars Volta_section_6

Main article: The Bedlam in Goliath The Mars Volta_sentence_102

In 2007, Thomas Pridgen became the new permanent drummer for the band. The Mars Volta_sentence_103

Pridgen's first full-time appearance was at the March 12 show in New Zealand, where the band debuted the song "Idle Tooth" which was later renamed "Wax Simulacra" for the forthcoming album. The Mars Volta_sentence_104

After shows in New Zealand and Australia, the Mars Volta toured a few West Coast venues as the headliner, then entered the studio to record their fourth LP, The Bedlam in Goliath. The Mars Volta_sentence_105

One of these performances was captured in a live concert DVD (which remains unreleased) shot by director Jorge Hernandez Aldana. The Mars Volta_sentence_106

Despite finding a permanent drummer and getting the band back on track, the recording and production of the album was reportedly plagued by difficulties related to a bad experience with a Ouija board purchased in a curio shop in Jerusalem. The Mars Volta_sentence_107

According to Rodríguez-López, their original engineer experienced a nervous breakdown, his studio flooded twice, and both he and mixer Rich Costey claimed that various tracks would disappear at random. The Mars Volta_sentence_108

On November 5, 2007, the Mars Volta released a document by Jeremy Robert Johnson titled, "The Mars Volta's Descent into Bedlam: A Rhapsody in Three Parts." The Mars Volta_sentence_109

The document includes a history of the band and describes the obstacles and inspirations they encountered in the creation of The Bedlam in Goliath. The Mars Volta_sentence_110

On November 20, 2007 "Wax Simulacra", the first single from the forthcoming album, was released with a cover of "Pulled to Bits" by Siouxsie and the Banshees as the b-side. The Mars Volta_sentence_111

The band kicked off their supporting tour with a December 29, 2007 "secret show" at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, California, followed by a special New Year's Eve performance at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Mars Volta_sentence_112

That night they played their first ever acoustic set, which included six songs and a live performance of "Miranda, That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore". The Mars Volta_sentence_113

The band then departed on a club tour of the U.S. east coast throughout January, with an album release show at San Diego's Soma, followed by another month's worth of European dates from mid-February to mid-March. The Mars Volta_sentence_114

On January 2, 2008, the Mars Volta released an online game called "Goliath: The Soothsayer", based on a true story that inspired their forthcoming album The Bedlam In Goliath. The Mars Volta_sentence_115

The album chronicles the band's purported experience with the "Soothsayer", a Ouija board owned by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and its transition from a source of fun on tour to a psycho-spiritual force that almost tore the band apart. The Mars Volta_sentence_116

The game was available for a limited time exclusively via The Mars Volta_sentence_117

On January 17, 2008, the band made their U.S. network television debut, performing "Wax Simulacra" on the Late Show with David Letterman (Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala and Hinojos had appeared on the show with At the Drive-In in 2000). The Mars Volta_sentence_118

On January 22, they made a surprise appearance at Toronto, Ontario, Canada's MTV Live studios, where they performed "Wax Simulacra" and an extended version of "Goliath." The Mars Volta_sentence_119

In late January, the new album debuted at a career-best No. The Mars Volta_sentence_120

3 on the Billboard 200. The Mars Volta_sentence_121

The song "Wax Simulacra" won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The Mars Volta_sentence_122

It was the band's first nomination and win. The Mars Volta_sentence_123

The band members thanked their families and Bixler urged people not to forget the memories of the recently departed Lux Interior and Ron Asheton. The Mars Volta_sentence_124

Octahedron (2009–2010) The Mars Volta_section_7

Main article: Octahedron (album) The Mars Volta_sentence_125

Omar Rodríguez-López had discussed the band's next album as early as January 2008, the month that The Bedlam in Goliath was released, claiming "I consider it to be our acoustic album." The Mars Volta_sentence_126

Cedric Bixler-Zavala had expressed an urge for the album to not be released on a major label. The Mars Volta_sentence_127

In February 2009, Rodríguez-López claimed "the next two Mars Volta records are already recorded and waiting for a release date." The Mars Volta_sentence_128

On April 14, 2009, the Mars Volta announced their fifth studio album, entitled Octahedron. The Mars Volta_sentence_129

It was released June 23 in the United States and June 22 in the rest of the world. The Mars Volta_sentence_130

A vinyl version was released on July 21 in a limited edition of 500 LPs. The Mars Volta_sentence_131

In the spirit of distillation of the band's sound, Rodríguez-López asked saxophonist Adrián Terrazas-González and guitarist/sound manipulator Paul Hinojos to leave. The Mars Volta_sentence_132

Regarding their departure, percussionist Marcel Rodríguez-López noted that: "it's like we got a whole new band. The Mars Volta_sentence_133

It's two less members – we got to play differently." The Mars Volta_sentence_134

The first single released in North America was "Since We've Been Wrong". The Mars Volta_sentence_135

The first European single was "Cotopaxi". The Mars Volta_sentence_136

An excerpt from the Mars Volta's performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties, UK 2005 A Nightmare Before Christmas festival was featured in the All Tomorrow's Parties film, which was released in cinemas during October 2009. The Mars Volta_sentence_137

During the Octahedron tour, the show on October 23 in Raleigh, NC was unexpectedly cancelled. The Mars Volta_sentence_138

It was supposed to be the final show of the North American leg of the tour, but was cancelled due to an argument between Bixler-Zavala and Thomas Pridgen, the drummer at the time, which ended with Pridgen abruptly leaving the venue. The Mars Volta_sentence_139

A month later, Pridgen confirmed his departure from the Mars Volta via Facebook stating he was "not in TMV anymore". The Mars Volta_sentence_140

In a February 2011 interview, Pridgen said he left the group "because the singer had a jealous ego trip. The Mars Volta_sentence_141

There's nothing more to elaborate on"; however, Juan Alderete stated in 2013 that "Thomas got really drunk, did some bad things and did some real damage to the trust we all had with him." The Mars Volta_sentence_142

The band later completed the tour with drummer Dave Elitch. The Mars Volta_sentence_143

They played throughout Europe and Australia until the end of January 2010. The Mars Volta_sentence_144

In October 2010, the Mars Volta played two shows in Brazil and Chile. The Mars Volta_sentence_145

Long-time keyboardist, Ikey Owens, was absent during these dates due to touring commitments with his own project, Free Moral Agents. The Mars Volta_sentence_146

Noctourniquet (2011–2012) The Mars Volta_section_8

Main article: Noctourniquet The Mars Volta_sentence_147

Shortly after Octahedron's release, Rodríguez-López claimed to have put the supposed follow-up "on hold" and was starting work on a completely new album. The Mars Volta_sentence_148

In an April 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Rodríguez-López talked about trying to loosen his grip in the studio. The Mars Volta_sentence_149

He claimed to have finished writing the album, and was awaiting lyrics and vocals from Bixler-Zavala. The Mars Volta_sentence_150

Rodríguez-López spent most of 2010 focusing on his solo career, and little information regarding the sixth Mars Volta album was released. The Mars Volta_sentence_151

During this year drummer Deantoni Parks began touring with Rodríguez-López as well as appearing on several solo records, and Cathy Pellow of Sargent House Records confirmed that Parks was in talks to become the next drummer for the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta_sentence_152

In 2011 Rodríguez-López spoke about the band's new album in several interviews, saying that it would feature thirteen songs which, "[are] a simplified version of what we've done before", and would be released "Whenever the record label decides to put it out". The Mars Volta_sentence_153

Bixler-Zavala took the opportunity to make a few remarks on the sound of the album, indicating a drastic change in sound for the band, referring to the new sound as "future punk". The Mars Volta_sentence_154

On March 19, 2011 the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group performed at SXSW. The Mars Volta_sentence_155

Bixler-Zavala joined the group as a vocalist, performing entirely new material with the band, which led to speculations of the show being a secret Mars Volta show under the Omar Rodríguez-López Group moniker. The Mars Volta_sentence_156

The Group continued to tour throughout April with the same lineup of Bixler-Zavala, Omar and Marcel Rodríguez-López, Juan Alderete, Deantoni Parks and (previously offstage) keyboardist/sound manipulator Lars Stalfors. The Mars Volta_sentence_157

An official Mars Volta tour began in summer of 2011, consisting of them opening for Soundgarden on select dates. The Mars Volta_sentence_158

This was in addition to their opening slot for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their one-off gig in Hong Kong on August 9, 2011. The Mars Volta_sentence_159

During these shows the band (featuring the same six members) continued to play the new material premiered during the Omar Rodríguez-López Group tour earlier in the year, with Bixler-Zavala telling the crowd at one show that he was "inviting them to a private rehearsal for their new album," confirming the material was off the band's upcoming album. The Mars Volta_sentence_160

Keyboardist Ikey Owens, who had played with the band since its inception, was noticeably absent from all 2011 dates. The Mars Volta_sentence_161

When asked in an interview, Owens stated that he knew "Absolutely nothing [of the upcoming album]. The Mars Volta_sentence_162

I haven't heard one note of it; I haven't played on it. The Mars Volta_sentence_163

I don't know if I am going to play on it; I have no idea". The Mars Volta_sentence_164

Bassist Juan Alderete later revealed via his Twitter page that Owens was no longer playing with the Mars Volta as he was busy "producing bands". The Mars Volta_sentence_165

Marcel Rodríguez-López and Lars Stalfors took over keyboard and synth duties with the band in lieu of Owens. The Mars Volta_sentence_166

On January 5, 2012, a new song titled "Zed and Two Naughts", a song revealed to be from the band's upcoming album, was confirmed to be included on the MLB 12: The Show Soundtrack. The Mars Volta_sentence_167

On January 12, it was revealed that the upcoming album would be called Noctourniquet. The Mars Volta_sentence_168

Later that week, an official page went up confirming Noctourniquet as the album title along with unveiling the album art and a full track listing and announcing March 27, 2012 as the release date. The Mars Volta_sentence_169

The album's first single, "The Malkin Jewel," was first broadcast on February 13 and subsequently released on February 14. The Mars Volta_sentence_170

Hiatus, breakup, and possible reunion (2013–present) The Mars Volta_section_9

After the conclusion of the Noctourniquet tour, Omar Rodríguez-López decided to put the Mars Volta on hold to fully concentrate on his new project, Bosnian Rainbows, which also features Deantoni Parks. The Mars Volta_sentence_171

When asked in an interview if the band will reunite, he stated: The Mars Volta_sentence_172

On January 23, 2013, Cedric Bixler-Zavala revealed that he was no longer a part of the Mars Volta on Twitter and that the band had broken up. The Mars Volta_sentence_173

Bixler-Zavala subsequently focused on his solo music and eventually formed a new band, Zavalaz, which also includes Juan Alderete. The Mars Volta_sentence_174

He stated shortly after that he was "currently not on speaking terms" with Rodríguez-López and that "the falling out had been four years in the making, so the final announcement on my part was really just to let the children know that Mom and Dad were splitting up". The Mars Volta_sentence_175

Rodríguez-López, meanwhile, didn't rule out the possibility of the Mars Volta reuniting in the future: "Because of all my anger and how I dealt with people, I spent so much of my life just closing doors left and right. The Mars Volta_sentence_176

At this point, I refuse to close any, only to open new ones. The Mars Volta_sentence_177

Whatever comes my way - as long as it's filled with joy and positivity - I want to give my talents to it. The Mars Volta_sentence_178

[...] I'm not interested in throwing tantrums any more." The Mars Volta_sentence_179

He elaborated further on an article with Billboard, acknowledging Bixler-Zavala's decision to depart TMV, effectively ending the over 20 year musical partnership between Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala for the foreseeable future. The Mars Volta_sentence_180

Rodríguez-López stated, "I was making a film and heard about it hours later; people were like, 'Are you OK?' The Mars Volta_sentence_181

I understand where he's coming from; I've known the guy for 22 years. The Mars Volta_sentence_182

I'll always respect and support any decision he makes. The Mars Volta_sentence_183

If that's how he wants it, I totally get it and I support it." The Mars Volta_sentence_184

In August 2013, a collection of unreleased songs, demos, alternate versions, and in-studio jams roughly spanning from 2005 until the Noctourniquet sessions was leaked online. The Mars Volta_sentence_185

The source of these recordings still remains unknown. The Mars Volta_sentence_186

In February 2014, several posts on the Comatorium message board by sources close to the band revealed that Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López have been meeting and speaking again, hinting at a possible Mars Volta reunion. The Mars Volta_sentence_187

The rumours were further fueled when Bixler-Zavala's wife Chrissie posted a picture on Instagram of her husband and Rodríguez-López holding Bixler's twin boys at a California beach. The Mars Volta_sentence_188

On April 9, a new project featuring Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala, Antemasque was announced; Antemasque also featured Flea on bass and Dave Elitch on drums. The Mars Volta_sentence_189

On October 14, 2014, founding member Isaiah "Ikey" Owens was found dead in his hotel room while on tour in Mexico with Jack White. The Mars Volta_sentence_190

According to a representative, Owens died of a heart attack. The Mars Volta_sentence_191

In a July 11, 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about a potential return of The Mars Volta, Rodriguez-Lopez stated, "At some point, we’d love to do [Mars Volta] again too, you know what I mean? The Mars Volta_sentence_192

There’s so much to do there as well." The Mars Volta_sentence_193

In February 2018, Bixler-Zavala confirmed on Twitter that the Mars Volta will "be back soon", but later clarified that At the Drive-In activity will take precedence for the immediate future. The Mars Volta_sentence_194

In May 2019, further tweeting from Bixler-Zavala suggested he and Rodríguez-López had been experimenting with new material. The Mars Volta_sentence_195

Musical style and influences The Mars Volta_section_10

The band's music has been described as progressive rock and experimental rock. The Mars Volta_sentence_196

The band's music includes elements from a wide variety of genres, including hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz. The Mars Volta_sentence_197

Omar Rodríguez-López commented, "Progressive is not a dirty word for people to use about us. The Mars Volta_sentence_198

If you're not moving forward, you're stagnant. The Mars Volta_sentence_199

And that's no way to live." The Mars Volta_sentence_200

Almost the entire band's output was composed solely by Rodríguez-López, with lyrics and vocal melodies written by Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The Mars Volta_sentence_201

They cited artists/bands such as King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Can, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Larry Harlow, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Ennio Morricone, Throbbing Gristle, Talk Talk, Black Flag, Brainiac, Björk, Roni Size, Jaga Jazzist and Aphex Twin as their influences. The Mars Volta_sentence_202

According to Rodríguez-López, cinema also largely influences his songwriting: "Creating tension, creating flow, creating scenes, creating fast-paced scenes, creating minimal dialogue – it's one of our biggest influences". The Mars Volta_sentence_203

Legacy The Mars Volta_section_11

Many artists and bands have cited The Mars Volta as an influence, including Mastodon, Protest the Hero, Nick Hipa of As I Lay Dying, The Fall of Troy, Danny Marino of The Agonist, Tor Oddmund Suhrke of Leprous, Jonathan Nido of The Ocean, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Old Dead Tree, Canvas Solaris and Syriak of Unexpect. The Mars Volta_sentence_204

A number of other artists have been quoted expressing admiration for their work such as Neil Peart of Rush, Tool, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, James Hetfield of Metallica, Holger Czukay of Can and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater. The Mars Volta_sentence_205

Band members The Mars Volta_section_12

According to the liner notes for Amputechture, The Bedlam in Goliath, Octahedron and Noctourniquet: "The partnership between Omar Rodríguez-López & Cedric Bixler-Zavala is the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta_sentence_206

These compositions are then performed by the Mars Volta Group." The Mars Volta_sentence_207

Final lineup (July 2012) The Mars Volta_sentence_208

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Former contributors The Mars Volta_sentence_209

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  • Isaiah "Ikey" Owens – keyboards (2001–2010; died 2014)The Mars Volta_item_1_5
  • Linda Good – keyboards (September–October 2002)The Mars Volta_item_1_6
  • Jeremy Michael Ward – sound manipulation (2001–2003; died 2003)The Mars Volta_item_1_7
  • Paul Hinojossound manipulation, live guitar (2003–2004 live offstage, 2005–2008 joined officially in recording and onstage)The Mars Volta_item_1_8
  • Lars Stalforskeyboards, sound manipulation (2008–2010 live offstage, 2011 on stage; also works as recording and mixing engineer in studio)The Mars Volta_item_1_9
  • John Frusciante – guitars (2002–2008 in studio, 2003–2006 occasional live performances)The Mars Volta_item_1_10
  • Eva Gardner – bass (2001–2002)The Mars Volta_item_1_11
  • Ralph Jasso – bass (2002)The Mars Volta_item_1_12
  • Flea – bass (2002 in studio for De-Loused in the Comatorium sessions, also recorded trumpet in 2004 for Frances the Mute)The Mars Volta_item_1_13
  • Jason Lader – bass (January–April 2003)The Mars Volta_item_1_14
  • Blake Fleming – drums (March–August 2001, July–September 2006)The Mars Volta_item_1_15
  • Jon Theodore – drums (August 2001 – July 2006)The Mars Volta_item_1_16
  • Thomas Pridgen – drums (October 2006, December 2006 – October 2009)The Mars Volta_item_1_17
  • Dave Elitch – drums (November 2009 – October 2010)The Mars Volta_item_1_18
  • Adrián Terrazas-González – woodwind, percussion (2004 in studio, 2005–2008 joined officially in recording and onstage)The Mars Volta_item_1_19

Timeline The Mars Volta_sentence_210

Discography The Mars Volta_section_13

Main article: The Mars Volta discography The Mars Volta_sentence_211

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Mars Volta.