The Mars Volta

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The Mars Volta was an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001. The band's final 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 band formed following the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala's previous band, At the Drive-In. They are known for their energetic live shows and their concept albums.

In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the Best Hard Rock Performance category for the song "Wax Simulacra". In 2008, they were named "Best Prog-Rock Band" by Rolling Stone magazine.

In September 2012 the Mars Volta entered a hiatus, with Rodríguez-López and Parks forming a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. Four months later, the band formally broke up. Bixler-Zavala and Alderete subsequently formed a new band, Zavalaz. Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala eventually reunited in 2014 for a new project, Antemasque.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2003 De‐Loused in the Comatorium 4.85 9
2005 Frances the Mute 4.75 9
2006 Amputechture 4 5
2008 The Bedlam in Goliath 4.35 7
2009 Octahedron 4.65 8
2012 Noctourniquet 4 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2017 The Very Best Of 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Scabdates 3 3


Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Inertiatic ESP 1
2003 Televators 3
2005 Frances the Mute 2
2005 The Widow 5 4
2005 L’Via L’Viaquez 3 3
2007 Wax Simulacra 3
2012 The Malkin Jewel 1
2012 Zed and Two Naughts 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Tremulant EP 2

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Live 2


Year Title RatingReleases
Summer Demo Sessions 2002 1
Summer Demos 2002 1

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