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Singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala Announces Departure From Mars Volta

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According to a mass of tweets from vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala, he has parted ways with the experimental rock band the Mars Volta, essentially leading to the conclusion that the band has broken up. Formed in 2001 after post-hardcore legends At the Drive-In dissipated, the Mars Volta quickly swept the world of music, but 12 years later, the band is apparently no more.

The Mars Volta’s 2003 album, ‘De-Loused in the Comatorium,’ brought some of the most original and celebrated music ever to crack into the mainstream, receiving praise from both critics and hard-to-please fans. Cedric Bixler-Zavala chose to use his personal Twitter account to break the news of the group’s demise, seemingly blaming guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s decision to form another band called Bosnian Rainbows instead of touring extensively behind the Mars Volta’s latest album, ‘Noctourniquet.’

Below are the singer’s series of Tweets grouped together in paragraph form:

Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it without you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a f— about our band.

For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for ‘Noctourniquet’ but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. I just feel really guilty for not even really saying the truth because a hiatus is just an insult to the fans.

To all our fans all over the world thank you for giving a f—. You all ruled! I don’t think ill ever hear a fist full of dollars the same. My record will see the light of day soon and I’m excited because it sounds nothing like my previous endeavors. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this. Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. We blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE VOLTA FANS WHO FLOODED WARNER BROS FACEBOOK PAGE AND GOT NOTHING IN RETURN! I was honored by this guys! ThankU. And for the record I’m still in love with ATDI. Proof was in MY performance. I would never get on stage if my heart was else where. I have cancelled shows before for knowing full well that my heart was not in it at that moment. Why? Because its an insult to the audience. 2 be clear I’m not angry I just wanted to be honest with the people who have allowed me to make a living playing music. What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that’s cool with watching their partner go f— other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour.

At the Drive-In performed a handful of shows in April 2012, their first performances after 11 years of silence. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez called the mini reunion “more of a nostalgia thing,” but the demise of the Mars Volta could possibly open up some time for more At the Drive-In shows, but it may all just be wishful thinking given the apparent tension between Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez.

Stay tuned for future news on Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s future works.

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