Art-rock band The Mars Volta are known for being abstract and obscure, but the band's fourth album, The Bedlam in Goliath, is especially out there. That's because, if their story is true, it's partially written by a malevolent spirit.
The Bedlam in Goliath story is one of a strange gift and spiritual meddling, as it all began with a fortune-telling game guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López purchased for lyricist and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. As they played with it, a sinister story began to emerge, with consequences that convinced the band there was a nasty spirit influencing their lives.
The Bedlam in Goliath - the resulting cursed album - is one of the band's most interesting. Its dark lyrics and haunting music are matched by moments of levity intentionally put there to balance the album's eerie energy. If any band can pull off a demonically influenced album, it's The Mars Volta, and the backstory behind The Bedlam in Goliath only enhances its unique nature.
The Mars Volta Encountered The Demon Through A Spirit Board
The Album Was Inspired By Conversations With A Spirit Named GoliathPhoto: Warner Bros.
The Band Found Poetry Attached To The Board
The Band Used The Soothsayer Out Of BoredomVideo: YouTube