Mars Volta fans will be sad to know that the band is official breaking up. After 12 years and 6 records, singer Cedric Bixler Zavala announced last night that he is no longer part of the group. He tweeted that he couldn’t pretend anymore, and mentioned that the hiatus they announced last year was an insult to the band’s fans.

Zavala announced the split in a series of Tweets. He wrote, “I am no longer a member of the Mars Volta.”

He said that he tried his hardest to keep the band going. He also thanked fans for ever caring about their music.

Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-Lopéz formed the Mars Volta in 2001. They have released six records, starting with De-Loused In The Comatorium in 2003. Last year they put out Noctourniquet, which was inspired by nursery rhymes and Greek mythology.

The Mars Volta formed when Zavala and Lopez split from their post-hardcore band At the Drive-In. They reunited for a string of dates in 2012, and even played at Coachella. In his announcement, Zavala mentioned that he’s still in love with ATDI, but we don’t know what that means for them. Zavala plans to move forward with his music, and mentioned several times that he was grateful to the fans for allowing The Mars Volta to exist.

What do you think about the break-up? Are you upset?

Source: Rolling Stone