In early 2001, Omar Rodriguez had become bored with the music his band. Wishing to expand beyond the emo-rock boundaries that group had established, Rodriguez confided in his friend and bandmate Cedric Bixler Zavala. The two broke up their current group, which was at that time called, "Drive-In" and they set out to gather a band that would take elements of rock and fuse it with samples, prog and free jazz to create something entirely new. Musicians were gathered, and a series of shows drew interest from the likes of producer Rick Rubin, who would bring the band together to record 2003's De-Loused in the Crematorium. Two more LPs have followed, both were well-received.
The word "alternative" gets tossed around a lot, but rarely is it more applicable in its literal sense than in The Mars Volta. This is a band unconcerned with boundaries, and just as likely to emulate classical music as it is to crank up the guitars and melt your face. De-Loused is a genuinely unique album, with lots of good songs to rock out to, including their hit song: The Widdow. something that can't be said of a lot of albums these days, and while it may be a bit difficult to decipher, you really have to admire it for its audacity. We do.