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The Mars Volta Announce They're Calling It Quits

Image courtesy of Warner Brothers Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Warner Brothers Records (via ABC News Radio)

After twelve years together, The Mars Volta is breaking up.  Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala revealed the news via Twitter on Wednesday, tweeting , "I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta."

In a series of tweets that followed, Zavala writes that he tried to “get a full scale North American tour going for [2012’s] Noctourniquet but [guitarist] Omar [ Rodríguez-López ] did not want to.”  The singer also cites López’s new side project, Bosnian Rainbows , as another reason for the breakup.  Zavala adds that he will be moving forward with a solo album, but did not give any indication as to when it will be released.

The Mars Volta released six albums during their career and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Wax Simulacra” from their 2008 album The Bedlam in Goliath .

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