The Mars Volta return with Blacklight Shine, their first new song in 10 years

Omar Rodríguez-Lopez (left) and Cedric Bixler-Zavala perform live at the Soundwave Festival in Melbourne, Australia on February 22, 2015
(Image credit: Martin Philbey/Redferns)

The Mars Volta – the beloved prog-rock band led by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and electric guitar hero Omar Rodríguez-López – have released a new song, Blacklight Shine.

Accompanied by a short film, directed by López, Blacklight Shine is the first new music from the band since their breakup in 2012.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.