Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel


After 12 years, six albums and a lot of members, the Mars Volta has called it quits. The El Paso prog-rockers rose from the ashes of At The Drive-In, with the foundation of Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez leading the way. On Wednesday, Zavala announced his departure from the band via Twitter, saying:
 


 
The remainder of the tweets describe the singer’s desire to tour behind last year’s Noctourniquet but cites that Rodriguez-Lopez had no interest in doing so. Last night’s news marks an end to the Volta’s hiatus instituted late last year and follows a year that saw Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez briefly reunite ATDI for a handful of shows and festival appearances.
 
Zavala’s mounted frustration appears to be rooted in Rodriguez-Lopez’s deeper interest his Bosnian Rainbows project with most recent Volta drummer Deantoni Parks. During the outburst, he said, “I tried my hardest to keep it going. But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead.” Watch the video for “L’Via L’Viaquez” below.