No doubt the artistically most interesting “break up” of the year, for me, was Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez.
They have worked together since 1996 first in one of the most influential post hardcore band “At the Drive-In”. From 2001 in the Mars Volta. The Mars Volta played a very varied progressive heavy, inspired by a lot of bands and styles, many from the 70’s (King Crimson, Pink Floyd; Led Zeppelin, and many more)
The Mars Volta made 6 studio albums, most interesting to me, the debut “De-Loused in the Comatorium” (2003), Frances the Mute (2005), The Bedlam in Goliath 2008, The Bedlam album was the highest charting of all TMV albums, and won a Grammy “Best Hard Rock Performance” for the single “Wax Simulacra”. Retrospectively it is a bit surprising, as “The Bedlam” seems to me, the hardest TMV album, to get into.
On January 23, 2013, Cedric Bixler-Zavala revealed on Twitter, that he was no longer a part of The Mars Volta. Due to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez increasing focus on his side project, Bosnian Rainbows.
Cedric is now working on a new band Zavalaz, expected to debut with ”All Those Nights We Never Met” in 2014.