The Mars Volta discography

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The Mars Volta discography
The Mars Volta live 2005.jpg
The Mars Volta live at Carling Academy Birmingham
Studio albums6
Live albums1
Music videos11
EPs2
Singles10

The discography of The Mars Volta, an American progressive rock group formed in 2001,[1] consists of six studio albums, one live album, two extended plays, and nine singles. The final lineup of The Mars Volta consisted of the two founding members Omar Rodríguez-López on guitar and production, Cedric Bixler-Zavala on vocals and lyrics, along with Juan Alderete on bass, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez on keyboards and percussion, and Deantoni Parks on drums.

The band's first studio album De-Loused in the Comatorium was released in 2003 after a European tour supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[1] This concept album was produced by Rick Rubin and is based on the death of El Paso, Texas artist Julio Venegas, who committed suicide in 1996. In early 2005, the band released their second full-length album, Frances the Mute, a concept album based on the story of band associate Jeremy Michael Ward, who died of an apparent heroin overdose in 2003. The album sold over 100,000 copies within the first week of release, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.[2] The first single released from the album was "The Widow", which peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart[3] and became the band's only entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 95.[4] The live album Scabdates, was released later the same year. Their third studio album Amputechture was released in 2006 and debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 selling over 59,000 copies in its opening week.[5] The Bedlam in Goliath, the Mars Volta's fourth studio album, was released 2008 and debuted at a career-best number 3 on the Billboard 200.[2] On June 23, 2009, the Mars Volta released Octahedron, which is the band's first album through Warner Bros. Records. The album spawned two singles, "Cotopaxi" and "Since We've Been Wrong". Recording for their next and final album, Noctourniquet, began shortly after, though the album wasn't completed and released until March, 2012.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUS
[6]
BEL
[7]
FIN
[8]
NLD
[9]
NOR
[10]
NZL
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[3]
De-Loused in the Comatorium 39 47 74 43
Frances the Mute
  • Released: March 1, 2005
  • Label: Universal, GSL
  • Format: CD, LP
4 9 13 14 34 1 21 12 81 23
Amputechture
  • Released: September 12, 2006
  • Label: Universal, GSL
  • Format: CD, LP
9 6 39 18 54 12 16 27 88 49
The Bedlam in Goliath
  • Released: January 29, 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, LP, USB
3 3 35 9 42 10 13 32 57 42
Octahedron 12 41 78 27 27 20 33 51 54 64
Noctourniquet
  • Released: March 27, 2012
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP
15 18 90 23 61 34 25 47 51
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
US
[2]
JPN
[17]
Scabdates
  • Released: November 8, 2005
  • Label: GSL (GSL #118), Strummer,
    Universal (B#0005644-02)
  • Formats: CD, LP
76 141

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Tremulant
  • Released: April 2, 2002
  • Label: GSL (GSL #54)
  • Formats: CD, LP
Live
  • Released: July 1, 2003
  • Label: GSL, Strummer, Universal
  • Format: CD

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[4]
US
Alt.

[18]
US
Main.

[4]
AUS
[6]
UK
[3]
"Inertiatic ESP" 2003 42 De-Loused in the Comatorium
"Televators" 2004 64 41
"The Widow" 2005 95 7 25 20 Frances the Mute
"L'Via L'Viaquez" 53
"Viscera Eyes" 2006 Amputechture
"Wax Simulacra" 2007 The Bedlam in Goliath
"Goliath" 2008
"Cotopaxi" 2009 Octahedron
"Since We've Been Wrong"
"The Malkin Jewel" 2012 Noctourniquet
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed"[19] 2003 De-Loused in the Comatorium

Videography[edit]

Films[edit]

Title Year Director
All Tomorrow's Parties 2009 All Tomorrow's People & Jonathan Caouette

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Son et Lumière/Inertiatic ESP" 2003 Omar Rodríguez-López[20]
"Televators" 2004 The Saline Project[20]
"The Widow" 2005 Jim Agnew & Simon Chan[20][21]
"L'Via L'Viaquez" Omar Rodríguez-López[20]
"Wax Simulacra" 2007 Jorge Hernandez[22]
"Aberinkula" 2008 Omar Rodríguez-López
"Goliath"
"Askepios"
"Ilyena"
"Cotopaxi" 2009
"Since We've Been Wrong"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • Robert Johnson, Jeremy (2007-10-28). "A Very Brief History of The Mars Volta" (PDF). The Mars Volta. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  • "The Mars Volta > Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  • "The Mars Volta – Discography". The Mars Volta. Archived from the original on 2008-04-19. Retrieved 2008-07-01.

Specific

  1. ^ a b Fink, Matt. "The Mars Volta > Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Mars Volta > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  3. ^ a b c "The Mars Volta | full Official Charts history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-06-19.
  4. ^ a b c "The Mars Volta > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  5. ^ Cheng, Jim (2006-09-20). "Lifeline: Quick Hits". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  6. ^ a b Peak chart positions for The Mars Volta in Australia:
  7. ^ "The Mars Volta discographie" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  8. ^ "The Mars Volta diskografia" (in Finnish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  9. ^ "The Mars Volta discografie" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  10. ^ "The Mars Volta diskografi" (in Norwegian). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  11. ^ "The Mars Volta discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  12. ^ "Diskografi The Mars Volta" (in Swedish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  13. ^ "Diskographie The Mars Volta" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  14. ^ a b "The BPI - Search the Awards Database". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  15. ^ "Search Certification Database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-01. Note: User must define search parameters as "The Mars Volta".
  16. ^ "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
  17. ^ "Scabdates - The Mars Volta" (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2015-05-16.
  18. ^ "The Mars Volta Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
  19. ^ https://www.discogs.com/The-Mars-Volta-This-Apparatus-Must-Be-Unearthed/release/637467
  20. ^ a b c d Holy, Kevin. "Athens Music Video – Archive 2". Athens Music Video. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
  21. ^ "Simon Chan - Spindrift premiere new video on IFC.com, first of series". MVRemix. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  22. ^ "The Mars Volta – "Wax Simulacra"". MTV Networks. Retrieved 2008-07-13.

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