The last time we got any news from The Mars Volta, it wasn’t really news, and not exactly about The Mars Volta either. But it appears the band’s sixth album is finally nearing completion.
Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala was recently asked about a new Volta record on his bizarre YouTube account (warning: contains nightmare-inducing imagery), and he nicely replied: “New volta almost done. vocals done. just trying rebutcher it and add bass and finish guitar. in studio until this week then on to mexico to add more quantum entanglement to it. the sonogram of the little beast is looking very good.”
If Cedric is to be believed, The Mars Volta are finishing the follow-up to 2009’s Octahedron, and it’s close enough to completion that we can anticipate its arrival this year. However, we urge you to keep in mind exactly who we’re talking about here, and how serious we can expect the guy to be. One look at Mr. Bixler-Zavala’s YouTube will reveal all sorts of bizarrely insane videos, and the further down the rabbit hole you go, the weirder it gets. Here’s a quick sample:
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Venture at will. But don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Meanwhile, TMV guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, the Volta’s other mastermind, is releasing more solo records than we can keep track of.