History Music / TheMarsVolta

24th Apr '18 1:52:33 AM SinNanna
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the names Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López are dull-sounding.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Try telling anyone the names Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López are dull-sounding. Also, Cerpin Taxt and Vismund Cygnus.


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* DownerEnding: Their first two albums both seem to end this way.
** ''Deloused in the Comatorium'' ends with [[spoiler: Cerpin Taxt awakening from his coma only to throw himself off of a highway overpass in "Televators", and seemingly permanently trapped in the Comatorium in "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt", which could be interpreted as a DyingDream]].
** ''Frances the Mute'' is not at all clear about its events, but it definitely doesn't seem to be happy. [[spoiler: In "Cassandra Gemini", Frances' alternate personality Cassandra apparently murders the priests that raped her in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Afterwards, she seems to lapse back into muteness, and the album ends with a very bleak reprise of the first section's chorus before reprising the intro of "Cygnus... Vismund Cygnus".]]
--> ''"Now there's no light, now there's no time''\\
''You ain't got nothing, your life was just a lie"''


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* DyingDream: "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" can be interpreted as one.
28th Feb '18 2:47:01 AM CassandraLeo
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* ReligionRantSong: Several songs on ''Amputechture'' are apparently examples, although it's sometimes difficult to tell with the WordSaladLyrics. There is a pretty anti-religious theme to the concept of ''Frances the Mute'' as well.

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* ReligionRantSong: Several songs on ''Amputechture'' are apparently examples, although it's sometimes difficult to tell with the WordSaladLyrics. There is a pretty strongly anti-religious theme to the concept of ''Frances the Mute'' Mute'', too, and evidently ''Noctorniquet'' has a bit of this as well.
28th Feb '18 2:34:00 AM CassandraLeo
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** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).

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** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s (more specifically, Еле́на Ли́дия Васи́льевна Миро́нова or Ilyena Lidiya Vasilievna Mironova) - she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).actress.
28th Feb '18 2:31:12 AM CassandraLeo
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** A shout-out not involved in the ''De-Loused'' story is “Ilyena”, which is named for Dame Creator/HelenMirren’s birth name (she’s Cedric’s favourite actress).
28th Feb '18 2:28:41 AM CassandraLeo
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** “Do what thou wilt” is a reference to Creator/AleisterCrowley and the central law of Thelema (“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”)

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** “Do what thou wilt” is a reference to Creator/AleisterCrowley and the central law of Thelema (“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.”)will”). This phrase also appears in “Askpeios”.
25th Feb '18 8:44:55 PM CassandraLeo
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* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.

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* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams.hams - [[TropesAreTools not that]] [[AwesomeMusic anyone's complaining]]. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.
25th Feb '18 8:28:30 PM CassandraLeo
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[[caption-width-right:350:Yeah, kinda like that. [[note]]Pictured: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and [[Characters/DoctorWhoDalek a Dalek]].[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Yeah, kinda like that. [[note]]Pictured: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Rodríguez-López (left), Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and Bixler-Zavala (right), [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and]] [[Characters/DoctorWhoDalek a Dalek]].Dalek]] (centre).[[/note]]]]
25th Feb '18 7:11:21 PM CassandraLeo
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* EnnioMorriconePastiche: Most of "Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore" is one by Omar's own admission. The second movement of "Frances the Mute" ("Nineteen Sank, While Six Could Swim", which features the NightmareFuel lyrical passage that arguably frames the entire album) also arguably qualifies.
25th Feb '18 7:03:15 PM CassandraLeo
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The Mars Volta was a ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (currently based in Mexico) formed in 2001. ''Rolling Stone'' magazine named them the best prog-rock band of 2008.

Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited; they released a new single in 2016 and have a new album projected for 2017. As of January 25, 2013, the Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea - who, for that matter, performed on several of the Mars Volta's albums). This hasn't resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved). Bixler-Zavala also indicated on Website/{{Twitter}} in February 2018 that a reunion [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962120912844681216 will occur]], though he later [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962820868744216576 clarified]] that it wouldn't be immediate.

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The Mars Volta was was/is a GenreBusting ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (currently (at some points also based in Mexico) formed in 2001. ''Rolling Stone'' magazine named them the best prog-rock band of 2008.

2008. As of Feburary 2018, they have released six studio albums, an EP, a live album, and a handful of other releases including an unofficial B-sides and outtakes collection leaked to the Internet from an unknown source in August 2013. While critically divisive in some quarters (Pitchfork infamously gave a scathing 2.0/10 review to their second album ''Frances the Mute'', by far the lowest rating it received from any major music publication), their work, particularly their first three albums, has attracted particular acclaim from the progressive rock community.

They initially entered a hiatus in late 2012, which they formally announced as a break-up on January 25, 2013. However, the band members have continued to work with one another and have ultimately confirmed that they will ultimately reunite the project.
Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited; they released a new single in 2016 and have a new album projected for 2017. As of January 25, 2013, the Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have had also [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea - who, for that matter, performed on several of the Mars Volta's albums). This hasn't albums).

None of this has
resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez the band members have confirmed that it's just a matter of time before one happens; Rodríguez-López has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; happen, and it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved). Bixler-Zavala also indicated on Website/{{Twitter}} in February 2018 that a reunion [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962120912844681216 will occur]], though he later [[https://twitter.com/cedricbixler_/status/962820868744216576 clarified]] that it wouldn't be immediate.
25th Feb '18 6:35:48 PM CassandraLeo
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* EruditeStoner: Cedric has said he was smoking $1,000 worth of weed ''per week'' at one point, but the vocabulary of his lyrics is frequently collegiate-level or ''higher''. Before Jeremy Michael Ward's death from a heroin overdose, the band had also apparently been using quite a lot of hard drugs, including opiates, but Bixler-Zavala indicated, "One day, we were all getting high, and Jeremy asked me if I could see he had worms in his head. I never touched the stuff again. His passing was the final nail in the coffin. We never went back."
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