One week ago today was the official end of one of my personal favorite bands, The Mars Volta. They didn’t exit in a fiery onstage meltdown or any other scenario befitting their bombastic music. Instead the suspicious “hiatus” limbo of the band seemed to be a sham, according to lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala. On Twitter he called it quits, saying they owed their fans more than a vague hiatus and thanked all the fans for their years of support. Today’s song, from last year’s criminally underrated ‘Nocturniquet,’ now holds the distinction of being the final song from the final album from the band. Listen to the haunting fury of “Zed And Two Naughts” and tell me this wasn’t a band that still had it:
The Mars Volta’s “Zed And Two Naughts”
The song isn’t the sound of a band sputtering out, this is the sound of a brilliant band doing what they do best. No matter what your personal opinion of the band, nobody can deny the uniqueness they brought to rock music: incredible genre and time-signature bending rock odysseys combining the fercious rock of Led Zeppelin guitar with Latin rhythms and strange and twisted concepts that harkened back to the epic Prog Rock of the 70s. I’m sure we’ll continue to see plenty of incredible work from the individual members, but never again will there be a such a stunning, forward-thinking band as this. R.I.P. The Mars Volta.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer