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The Best Mars Volta Albums of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 3.0k votes 723 voters 12.0k views6 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

The Mars Volta are considered one of the best modern progressive rock bands. Since they’re such an influential band, let’s rank the best Mars Volta albums, with the help of your votes. Formed in 2001 by Omar Rodríguez-López (guitar) and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals) after their former band, At the Drive-In broke up. The Mars Volta's sound experimented with hardcore, psych rock, and free jazz most notably with Frances the Mute (2005) and Amputechture (2006).

This Mars Volta discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Mars Volta albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included The Mars Volta singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Mars Volta album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Mars Volta album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

List features albums like their debut De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) and their more recent release, Noctourniquet (2012). This list of popular Mars Volta CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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    1. Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus
    2. The Widow
    3. L'Via L'Viaquez
    4. Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore
    5. Cassandra Gemini

    • Release Date: 2005
    • Artist: The Mars Volta
    • Tracks: Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus, L’Via L’Viaquez, Cassandra Gemini III
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Jazz fusion, Post-rock
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  • 1. Son et lumière
    2. Inertiatic ESP
    3. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
    4. Tira me a las arañas
    5. Drunkship of Lanterns
    6. Eriatarka
    7. Cicatriz ESP
    8. This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed
    9. Televators
    10. Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt

    • Release Date: 2003
    • Artist: The Mars Volta
    • Tracks: Televators, Son et lumiere, Tira me a las arañas
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Post-hardcore, Experimental rock
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  • 1. Vicarious Atonement
    2. Tetragrammaton
    3. Vermicide
    4. Meccamputechture
    5. Asilos Magdalena
    6. Viscera Eyes
    7. Day of the Baphomets
    8. El Ciervo Vulnerado

    • Release Date: 2006
    • Artist: The Mars Volta
    • Tracks: El Ciervo Vulnerado, Vicarious Atonement, Tetragrammaton
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock
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    1. Aberinkula
    2. Metatron
    3. Ilyena
    4. Wax Simulacra
    5. Goliath
    6. Tourniquet Man
    7. Cavalettas
    8. Agadez
    9. Askepios
    10. Ouroborous
    11. Soothsayer
    12. Conjugal Burns

    • Release Date: 2008
    • Artist: The Mars Volta
    • Tracks: Wax Simulacra, Birthday, Ouroborous
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Progressive metal, Experimental rock, Math rock
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