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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 Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, producer, direction), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals, lyrics), Juan Alderete (bass), Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (keyboards, percussion) and Deantoni Parks (drums). The band formed following the break-up of Rodriguez-Lopez 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, it was announced that The Mars Volta had entered a hiatus, with Rodriguez-Lopez and Parks forming a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. Four months later, the band announced their breakup. Bixler-Zavala and Alderete subsequently formed a new band, Zavalaz. Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala eventually reunited in 2014 for a new project, Antemasque.

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Former Mars Volta members form new group with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea – watch

Former Mars Volta members form new group with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea – watch

Videos of the group in the studio were revealed online yesterday

  • Apr 9, 2014

Cedric Bixler-Zavala reveals post Mars Volta solo album plans

'Be warned, I’m not making a rock record,' he claims

  • Feb 5, 2013

Cedric Bixler-Zavala dissolves The Mars Volta

Frontman disbands outfit as Omar Rodriguez forms new act Bosnian Rainbows

  • Jan 24, 2013

The Mars Volta to release new album 'Noctourniquet' in March

Band's sixth full-length LP out this year

  • Jan 17, 2012

The Mars Volta to release new album this year

Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala confirms new LP out in 2012

  • Jan 8, 2012

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Wax Simulacra

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Ghosts

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The Mars Volta Reviews

The Mars Volta - 'Noctourniquet'

The Mars Volta - 'Noctourniquet'

Flawed, fascinating and ambitious

  • Mar 23, 2012

Album review: The Mars Volta - 'Octahedron'

Mellowed out? Pull the other one, it's got prog on

  • Jun 16, 2009

The Mars Volta

One of the greatest shows on Earth – if you’re not in a hurry. Carling Academy, Glasgow (March 11)

  • Mar 28, 2008

The Mars Volta: The Bedlam In Goliath

'Could’ve happened to anyone, really'...

  • Feb 1, 2008

The Mars Volta: Amputechture

Melody-avoiding, free jazz-leaning ‘difficult’ third album

  • Sep 13, 2006

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