"The Mars Volta" is an American rock group founded by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. They are generally considered progressive rock, with heavy punk and Latin influences. They are known for their wild and energetic live shows, cryptic lyrics, and experimentation in and use of ambient music to help establish mood.
At the time of the recording the band did not have a bass player. Flea (bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) played bass on nine of the ten songs on the LP. ''De-Loused'' became both critically and commercially their biggest hit, eventually selling in excess of 500,000 copies despite next-to-no promotion, but featured on several critics' "Best of the Year" lists. The band later released a limited-edition storybook version of the album, available by download from the Gold Standard Laboratories Web site. The book speaks of Cerpin Taxt (sometimes referred to as the album/story's "hero") and his suicide.
While on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of their album, The Mars Volta's sound manipulator and contributing lyricist, Jeremy Ward, was found dead of a heroin overdose. The band canceled the tour's second leg a...
|years active||2001 – present|
|music genre||Progressive Rock; Psychedelic Rock; Experimental Rock; Heavy metal music|
|current members|| Omar Rodriguez-Lopez|
Isaiah Ikey Owens
|past members|| Jeremy Ward|