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* GratuitousLatin: The song movement "Facilis descenus Averni" translates as "The Descent into Hell Is Easy" (or, more literally, "Easy Is the Descent into [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Avernus Avernus]]", although it is slightly misspelled; the correct spelling is "Facilis descensus Averno"); "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me", and is also used in English as a term for a pocket reference book or other useful object carried on one's person; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".

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The song movement "Facilis descenus Averni" translates as "The Descent into Hell Is Easy" (or, more literally, "Easy Is the Descent into [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Avernus Avernus]]", although it is slightly misspelled; the correct spelling is "Facilis descensus Averno"); Averno").
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"Vade mecum" means "Go with Me", and is also used in English as a term for a pocket reference book or other useful object carried on one's person; person.
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"In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".


* GratuitousLatin: The song movement "Facilis descenus averni" translates as "Easy Is the Descent into Hell"; "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me"; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".

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* GratuitousLatin: The song movement "Facilis descenus averni" Averni" translates as "The Descent into Hell Is Easy" (or, more literally, "Easy Is the Descent into Hell"; [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Avernus Avernus]]", although it is slightly misspelled; the correct spelling is "Facilis descensus Averno"); "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me"; Me", and is also used in English as a term for a pocket reference book or other useful object carried on one's person; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".


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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Facilis descenus Averni" is a slight misspelling of a quotation from Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Literature/TheAeneid''; the correct spelling is "Facilis descensus Averno" (or "Facilis dēscensus Avernō"). It appears in Book VI, Line 126.

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** ''Tremulant'', their first release, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness definitely sounds like it]], its style being closer to At The Drive-In's PostHardcore, but with a clear [[{{Jazz}} free jazz]] and {{Krautrock}} influence.


** ''The Bedlam In Goliath'' is their heaviest album, with more post-hardcore and noise rock influence, to the point that its heaviest tracks could easily classify as ProgressiveMetal, as well as having some much {{MathRock mathier songs}}.
** ''Octahedron'', in contrast, is [[LighterAndSofter MUCH lighter in general than their previous records]]. As stated below, half the songs could qualify as SurprisinglyGentleSongs, and the album has a much more chilled-out sound than the rest. Songs are shorter and tighter, as well as being less complex.

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** ''The Bedlam In Goliath'' is their heaviest album, with more post-hardcore and noise rock influence, to the point that its heaviest tracks could easily classify as ProgressiveMetal, as well as having some much {{MathRock [[MathRock mathier songs}}.songs]].
** ''Octahedron'', in contrast, is [[LighterAndSofter MUCH lighter in general than their previous records]]. As stated below, half the songs could qualify as SurprisinglyGentleSongs, [[SurprisinglyGentleSong surprisingly gentle songs]], and the album has a much more chilled-out sound than the rest. Songs are shorter and tighter, as well as being less complex.

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* NewSoundAlbum: Even taking all the GenreBusting and NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly elements of their sound into account, each of their releases do have distinct, unique FEELS to them and a primary genre inspiration that comes through more than the rest.
** ''De-Loused In The Comatorium'' has a more psychedelic rock and space rock focused sound, as well as seemingly having a bit more inspiration from {{Music/Rush}} than their other albums.
** ''Frances The Mute'' has a strong latin jazz and mariachi influence, as well as heavier amounts of DroneOfDread and [[EpicRocking much longer songs overall]] than De-Loused. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And trumpets.]]
** ''Amputechture'' maintains the longer songs, with only one song under 6 minutes, but drops some of the latin jazz influence for a more general influence from jazz fusion.
** ''The Bedlam In Goliath'' is their heaviest album, with more post-hardcore and noise rock influence, to the point that its heaviest tracks could easily classify as ProgressiveMetal, as well as having some much {{MathRock mathier songs}}.
** ''Octahedron'', in contrast, is [[LighterAndSofter MUCH lighter in general than their previous records]]. As stated below, half the songs could qualify as SurprisinglyGentleSongs, and the album has a much more chilled-out sound than the rest. Songs are shorter and tighter, as well as being less complex.
** ''Noctourniquet'' continues the trend of ''Octahedron'', with more influence from ElectronicMusic and GameMusic, and even more self-contained, straightforward compositions. The drumming is also much more straightforward, with the drummer on the album frequently being called a "human drum machine", in comparison to the [[AllDrummersAreAnimals previous drummer's balls to the walls style]].


* MindScrew: Most of their lyrics and quite a bit of their music. Especially "Tetragrammaton", between the fact that it seems to become a completely different song every 3 minutes and is only bound together by the riff that BookEnds the tracks, and whatever you can make of this:

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* MindScrew: Most of their lyrics and quite a bit of their music. Especially "Tetragrammaton", between the fact that it seems to become a completely different song every 3 minutes and is only bound together by the riff that BookEnds the tracks, track, and whatever you can make of this:


* MindScrew: Most of their lyrics and quite a bit of their music.

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* MindScrew: Most of their lyrics and quite a bit of their music. Especially "Tetragrammaton", between the fact that it seems to become a completely different song every 3 minutes and is only bound together by the riff that BookEnds the tracks, and whatever you can make of this:
->"Sulking drained the fall of my pale will swarming by your steps
->Licking the ankles of blasphemer guilts
->It only meant to drape a plastic over the stuck pig scalp of head
->To cover the sock where the flatline had spread
->[[WordSaladLyrics The kiosk in my temporal lobe is shaped like Rosalyn Carter]]
->She says my map is home again but torn face down
->I have only but a million blemishes to tell you all about"


* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams - [[TropesAreTools not that]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic anyone's complaining]]. 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 - [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools not that]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic anyone's complaining]]. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.


* RunningGag: Cedric had a habit of announcing that they were some other band at the beginning or end of a performance, including Music/MotleyCrue, Music/{{Mudvayne}}, Razorlight, and others.



* RunningGag: Cedric had a habit of announcing that they were some other band at the beginning or end of a performance, including Music/MotleyCrue, Music/{{Mudvayne}}, Razorlight, and others.

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* RunningGag: Cedric had a habit of announcing that they were some other band at the beginning or end of a performance, including Music/MotleyCrue, Music/{{Mudvayne}}, Razorlight, and others.


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 April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala 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).

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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 and, after a time, confirmed that they will would 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 in 2017. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala 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).


* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music). A live version of one of these performances is available on ''Scabdates'', although it also has eight minutes of MindScrew-inducing ambience inserted into the middle for some reason. This isn't all, by the way - perhaps most notably, "Drunkship of Lanterns" was known to reach as long as 34 minutes in live performances (e.g., the May 1, 2005, performance in Philadelphia).

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* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music). A live version of one of these performances is available on ''Scabdates'', although it also has eight minutes of MindScrew-inducing ambience inserted into the middle for some reason. This isn't all, by the way - perhaps most notably, "Drunkship of Lanterns" was known to reach as long as 34 minutes in live performances (e.g., the May 1, 2005, performance in Philadelphia). And that's not even getting into the song they improvised at the KROQ Weenie Roast in 2005, "[[RefugeInAudacity Abortion: The Other White Meat]]", which ran for some 50 minutes.


* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music). A live version of one of these performances is available on ''Scabdates'', although it also has eight minutes of MindScrew-inducing ambience inserted into the middle for some reason.

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* EpicRocking: They have some pretty lengthy songs, but topping them all is the 32-minute "Cassandra Gemini" from ''Frances the Mute''. Also notable because many of its musical themes were taken from live jams done in the middle of their previous longest song from ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'', "Cicatriz ESP", which would extend its length from 12 minutes (buffered by an ambient section in the middle) to 40+ minutes (all music). A live version of one of these performances is available on ''Scabdates'', although it also has eight minutes of MindScrew-inducing ambience inserted into the middle for some reason. This isn't all, by the way - perhaps most notably, "Drunkship of Lanterns" was known to reach as long as 34 minutes in live performances (e.g., the May 1, 2005, performance in Philadelphia).


The Mars Volta was/is a GenreBusting ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (at some points also based in Mexico) formed in 2001. 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.

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The Mars Volta was/is is a GenreBusting ProgressiveRock band from El Paso, Texas (at some points also based in Mexico) formed in 2001. As of Feburary 2018, July 2019, 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.
2013, and are currently in the studio recording a new album.



None of this has resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but 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, 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. Later, in May 2019, he [[https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/05/the-mars-volta-reunion/ confirmed]] that the band were in the studio.

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None of this has resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Despite this, the band members have confirmed that it's just a matter of time before one happens; remained inactive for quite some time; Rodríguez-López has [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20190401010031/https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 com/music/music-news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-166438/page=5 indicated]] in 2016 that he intends intended for one to happen, and but it seems seemed to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes wished 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. Later, in In May 2019, he [[https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/05/the-mars-volta-reunion/ confirmed]] that the band were in the studio.


* AdventuresInComaland: ''De-Loused in the Comatorium'' is definitely one of the stranger and darker examples of this. Imagine ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' from the perspective of a suicidal drug addict and you'll get a good idea of the album's story.



*** At another live show someone threw beer at Cedric and between songs he said he would fight outside after the show and that he would "kick their fucking ass"
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*** At another live show someone threw beer at Cedric and between songs he said he would fight outside after the show and that he would "kick their fucking ass"
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* DreamLand: The Comatorium is one of the more bizarre examples in fiction. Seriously, the [[https://xivilization.net/~marek/binaries/DeLoused_storybook.pdf story]] explaining the meaning of each song must be read to be believed.

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