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The Mars Volta was an American progressive 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 Omar 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; At the Drive-In reunited in 2015, and comments from the pair have indicated that they plan to reunite The Mars Volta in the future.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 De‐Loused in the Comatorium 4.85 10
2005 Frances the Mute 4.8 9
2006 Amputechture 3.85 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
A Missing Chromosome 1

Album + Compilation + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
2013 [demos] 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2001 2001-10-31: The Door, Dallas, TX, USA 1
2004 2004-05-12: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2004 2004-05-13: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2005 Scabdates 3 3
2006 2006-01-27: Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW, Australia 1
2009 2009-06-18: ICA, London, UK 1
2010 2010-01-20: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW, Australia 1
2003-07-01: Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA 1
2003-07-21: The Opera House, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
2003-08-27: Maida Vale, London, UK 1
2005-03-01: Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany 1
2005-04-22: RIMAC Arena, San Diego, CA, USA 1
2005-06-04: Hollywood, CA, USA 1
2006-08-07: The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA, USA 1
2006-09-25: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
2006-10-02: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA, USA 1
2008-01-09: Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, VT, USA 1
2008-01-30: Bren Center UC, Irvine, CA, USA 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Inertiatic ESP 1
2003 Televators 2
2005 Frances the Mute 2
2005 The Widow 5 4
2005 L’Via L’Viaquez 3 3
2006 Viscera Eyes 2
2007 Wax Simulacra 3
2008 Candy and a Currant Bun 1
2012 The Malkin Jewel 1
2012 Zed and Two Naughts 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Tremulant EP 2

EP + Compilation + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 [demos and outtakes EP] 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Live 2

Demo

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

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2004-11-04: Sue II Festival, San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium, Santiago, Chile 1

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