The Mars Volta Have Broken Up

Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala announces his departure from the band via Twitter.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

On the same day Omar Rodriguez Lopez debuts the first single from his new band Bosnian Rainbows, his Mars Volta bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced via Twitter that he is “no longer a member” of the band.

“It’s over,” the singer announced on Wednesday evening, lamenting that he "tried his hardest" to keep the band going, but that "Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead." Cedric later compared his band to a marriage in a series of expletives.

He later promised that his own solo album would arrive soon, and that "I'm excited because it sounds nothing like my previous endeavors."

Read the full text of the tweets below. 

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 with out 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 fuck 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 fuck. 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.

What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that's cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour

The band's last offering, 2012's Noctourniquet, was a display of the band in their finest form (read our review). Promoting the release, Omar had often discussed the need for change within the band. "Something has to change drastically," he told LA Weekly. "I have to step down as a dictator."


Listening to a new Mars Volta record is akin to taking four tabs of acid before embarking on a tour of the hidden catacombs of Xenu’s Parisian death cult. A one-of-a-kind portal to a magnificently psychedelic and astonishingly complex world of polyrhythmic beauty has been closed. It is a sad day for music.

We send them off with fond memories and a favorite track: