14 August 2010, JellyBean @ 6:38 pm

The occult and magic (however you spell it) is certainly no stranger to the musical industry. Musicians have often found inspiration from dreams, ghosts, and even visions of alien visitors. But when the popular and talented progressive rock group The Mars Volta came across an ancient scrying tool called “soothsayer,” they found themselves bound to create an album about the stories it told them. The next few months would end with them holding the finished product in their hands, deciding whether or not their creation could in good conscience be released or whether all copies should be destroyed.

The album was a massive hit, but the interesting thing about it was that for the most part the band credits the contents of the piece was largely not their doing, but rather the result of their own experiences and the stories “soothsayer” told them through the device. As the device got more of a hold over the band, they found themselves drawn to it more often than ever. They would regularly sit around it after a show to hear stories and receive instructions. The board began making “demands” that were followed by threats of punishment if the demands were not met.

As the band continued to develop the album they began noticing strange things happening. The studio that took them on to complete the album unexplainably flooded not once, but twice. Bixler Zalava suddenly needed foot surgery that required him to go through physical rehabilitation to learn how to walk again. The band’s drummer suddenly quit, causing them to look for a new drummer. Tracks, many of which required hours of work to create would suddenly disappear without explanation in ways that were considered “impossible.” And of course through the whole thing “soothsayer” continued providing material for the album and making demands on the band members. Who was behind this soothsayer that created such intricate stories and demanded they be released to the masses in the form of a musical album? And what was the ultimate result for these extremely unfortunate events that plagued the band?

Read more: Unexplainable.net

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