Formed from the remnants of El Paso, Texas firebrands At the Drive-In, Mars Volta sprang from the untimely demise of one of rock's most promising acts. Since then, tragedy has continued to envelop the band. Its effects manipulator, Jeremy Ward, died from a drug overdose in May. Moreover, Comatorium is a concept album inspired by the life and times of artist Julio Venegas, a friend of the band who also died of a drug overdose, in 1996. After all this latest death, though, the Mars Volta has responded by breathing new life into rock and roll.
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