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The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta

Background information
Origin El Paso, Texas, United States
Genre(s) Progressive Rock
Experimental Rock
Psychedelic Rock
Hard Rock
Art Rock
Jazz Fusion
Years active 2001—present
Label(s) Universal
Gold Standard Laboratories
Associated acts Racer X
De Facto
Big Sir
Vato Negro
Website Website
Omar Rodríguez-López
Marcel Rodríguez-López
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens
Juan Alderete
Deantoni Parks
Former members
Eva Gardner
Jeremy Michael Ward
Jon Theodore
Blake Fleming
Ralph Jasso
Jason Lader
Linda Good
Adrián Terrazas-González
Paul Hinojos
Thomas Pridgen
Dave Elitch

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The Mars Volta Overview


The Mars Volta is a Grammy award winning American band from El Paso, Texas. Founded in 2001 by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, Latin American music, and the rhythmic complexity of math rock into their sound. They are known for their energetic live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums. In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category for the song "Wax Simulacra." They were named rock music's "Best Prog-Rock Band" of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine.

Octahedron (2009) The Bedlam In Goliath (2008) Amputechture (2006) Scabdates (2005) Frances The Mute (2005) Live EP (2003) De-Loused In The Comatorium (2003) Tremulant EP (2002)

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The Mars Volta, Opeth, Killing Joke Join Sonisphere Festival 2011 Line-Up

March 14, 2011
The Mars Volta have been added to the line-up for this year's Sonisphere festival. The event, which runs from July 8-10, will mark the band's only UK performance in 2011.  Read more 

The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez To Make Directorial Debut

January 13, 2010
The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is to make his directorial debut at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam next month. The fetchingly titled 'The Sentimental Engine Slayer' is the 34-year-old's third feature film, but will be the first to get a public outing when it's screened at the festival on February 4th.  Read more 

The Mars Volta Have Sketched Out Plans for an Upcoming Tour

February 13, 2008
The Mars Volta have sketched out plans for an upcoming tour in support of The Bedlam in Goliath, which debuted, astonishingly, at #3 on Billboard albums chart last week.  Read more 

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