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ANTEMASQUE Preview New Track “Drown All Your Witches”, Announce Album Release

As if three songs wasn’t enough, Antemasque (Mars Volta, RHCP) are teasing yet another number from their forthcoming self titled album. The track is entitled “Drown All Your Witches” and can be previewed, in the form of studio footage, over at Spin. Head over there to check it out.

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ANTEMASQUE Streaming Two New Singles

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The new collaboration between former Mars Volta members and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Antemasque, have released two new singles for your streaming enjoyment. The new tracks are entitled “People Forget” and “Hangin’ in the Lurch” and they call to mind a mix of the later Mars Volta material with At the Drive-In. You can stream the tracks after the break, as well as the previously released single “4AM”.

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MARS VOLTA And RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Members Form ANTEMASQUE, Stream New Track

The Mars Volta may be no more, but founding members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala still appear to be making tunes together. The duo have joined forces with previous Volta drummer Dave Elitch, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, to form a new project entitled Antemasque. The group have premiered their first single “4AM”, which can be streamed after the break along with a behind-the-scenes video of the recording. You can currently purchase the track on iTunes. The track is slated to appear on the group’s debut full length, whose official details are still pending.

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KILLER BE KILLED Streaming Two New Tracks From Self-Titled Debut

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The supergroup featuring members of Soulfly, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, have debuted two new songs from their forthcoming full length debut. The band’s lineup consists of Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Dave Elitch (Ex Mars Volta). The two tracks are entitled “Wings of Feather and Wax” and “Face Down” and are chock full of groove metal riffs, which is not surprising considering Cavalera’s input. I am curious as to what you all think of this highly anticipated project. You can stream the tracks after the break.

Killer Be Killed will be released on May 13th via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Various MARS VOLTA Demos Surface Online

A collection of 15 unreleased demos from the recently disbanded Mars Volta have surfaced online via thecomatorium.com and can be downloaded here. These tracks sound like extra cuts from The Mars Volta’s final record, Noctourniquet. This is the closest we’ll ever get to new Mars Volta for the foreseeable future so I’d suggest you’d download these tracks right meow!

ZAVALAZ Preview New Music

Zavalaz, the newest musical outlet for ex Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has released a short forty second snippet of a new song entitled “Blue Rose of Grand Street”. The music Zavalaz seems to be working with is very chill, a little psychedelic and reminds me of some of the rock from the 70′s. A full length from the group is scheduled to be released sometime this year. Zavalaz will also be playing in California and Nevada later this month. You can stream the song clip and view the tour dates below.

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AT THE DRIVE-IN Plan Two New Reissues

Following the rather depressing news of The Mars Volta calling it quits, is some joyous news from At the Drive-In headquarters! The group plans on reissuing their 1996 effort Acrobatic Tenement (March 5th, March 25th UK) as well as their 2000, critically acclaimed Relationship of Command (April 22nd) Both will be released through the band’s label Twenty-First Chapter Records in the US, Transgressive in the Europe and UK, Dine Alone in Canada, Stop/Start in Australia and New Zealand, and Daymare Recordings/Disk Union in Japan. The reissues will be available in CD, digital and vinyl formats while Relationship of Command in particular will see a special limited color vinyl release for Record Store Day, April 20th. In a press release guitarist Jim Ward had the following to say about revisiting these recordings:

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Cedric Bixler Zavala Quits THE MARS VOLTA

Prepare for the ultimate bummer Mars Volta fans because according to a plethora of recent tweets, it seems as if the frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala has quit The Mars Volta. In these tweets Cedric cites creative differences with Omar Rodriguez Lopez, stating that Omar’s involvement in his new group, Bosnian Rainbows, was over shadowing his involvement in The Mars Volta. According to Cedric’s words, he had tried to put a North American tour together in support of Noctourniquet but Omar was not on board with the idea. Apparently The Mars Volta is no more by what Cedric says:

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CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA Working On Solo Album

The Mars Volta/At the Drive-In frontman, Cedric Bixler-Zavala is apparently working on a solo album of his own. Move over Omar! A series of special guests are set to help the Volta crooner flesh out his album according to photos the vocalist has uploaded to his Instagram account. The photo alludes that he will receive help from Gregory Rogove (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Johnny Polonski (Puscifer) and Juan Alderete (Mars Volta). Oh and Money Mark (Beastie Boys, etc) as well! Hmmm, we’ll see how this turns out. More details to come.

-Lane Oliver

American Aftermath Exclusive: Watch Pretty Much All Of T.R.A.M’s Only Performance

 

Instrumental jazzy prog band T.R.A.M originally seemed like they were going to make big waves in the undergound music pool, but  now are slowly fading into another forgotten studio project. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this group, the band consists of Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders), Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies)and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzalez (The Mars Volta). To date, T.R.A.M have only played one show.

The only show the group ever played, they headlined and it was a free event during SXSW 2011′ that featured The Faceless and Meek Is Murder. I was lucky enough to attend this show and bootlegged 3 out of the four songs they played. Continue after the jump to watch almost the entire set from the progressive super group (it includes some Eric Moore drum cam style footage).

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Watch Cedric From MARS VOLTA And CHELSEA WOLFE On The Gorburger Show!

I am officially a huge fan of The Gorburger Show now. Monday’s episode of the ridiculous music centered talk-show featured Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta and a performance by Chelsea Wolfe. Watch as Gorburger and Cedric “debate” about where garbage goes and why Usher is the best dancer. Also, watch Chelsea Wolfe perform a stunning rendition of her song “The Way We Used To”. Watch the hilarious new episode below and check out the first two episodes if you have not already. Check The Warner Sound’s YouTube channel every Monday for a new episode.

Oh, apparently Usher is the best dance because he can “dance Rock Lobster on anyone’s taint on any given Sunday”. Thank you Cedric, I had no idea.

-Lane Oliver

 

THE MARS VOLTA, LE BUTCHERETTES And More To Appear On Ridiculous New Internet Series

The people at Funny or Die are putting together a ridiculous internet series entitled The Gorburger Show. The show is hosted by Gorburger, a blue furry monster that has to satisfy his blood lust and interview some bands while he’s at it. Some of the band’s to be featured, according to the trailer, are The Mars Volta, Mariachi El Bronx, Le Butcherettes, La Sara, 3OH3!, HEALTH, Dum Dum Girls, Fool’s Gold and Tegan and Sara. The show will premiere on the 24th via The Warner Sound’s youtube channel. Check out the show’s trailer below:

-Lane Oliver

Stream The New OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Album

Being a huge Mars Volta fan it is sad for me to say that I have never cared for a lot of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s solo efforts. The guy puts out multiple releases a year and yet most of them never really strike a chord with me. This new one however, Octopus Kool-Aid, has caught my attention. It’s an odd electronic-pop album chocked full of odd synths and instrument arrangements. Obviously, the new Mars Volta record had some influence on this. A nice bonus is the inclusion of lead vocals from Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes (whom you should also check out). She adds a little more flavor to Omar’s weird music. Stream the record below. Oh, and tell me that is not a great album name!

-Lane Oliver

Shut Up and Give Us More AT THE DRIVE IN Pt. 2: Stream The New OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ Album

 

 

You know what I realized today? We are almost halfway through the year and there hasn’t been one Omar Rodriguez Lopez release…. What the fuck, right? Normally the dude puts out an album every time he has to take a shit. Well, the prolific guitarist literally just posted his new album, “Un Corazón De Nadie” on his Bandcamp page.

Now I know that most of his albums don’t sound the EXACT same, but “Un Corazón De Nadie” is the most stylistically drastic album he has released as a solo project. The new album is almost completely void of the familiarity that is Omar‘s guitar playing. Instead of taking the traditional prog route, he has opted to make an ambient almost electronic album instead. Some of the songs almost remind me of a throwback to 80′s electro-pop stuff like Eurythmics (Sweet Dreams). I can’t say that I really enjoyed the album or will ever listen to it again, but whatevs. Check it out….

Oh, I just realized this too, every time the amazing Sparta try to do anything, they end up being overshadowed by Omar… God damn it, What a pretentious fuck! lololololol

 

– Josh Huddleston

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