None of that is really ATDI's fault, but all the history does raise interest in Sparta, which contains three former ATDI members: vocalist/guitarist Jim Ward, guitarist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar. And the interest is justified: Sparta shares the same throttled propulsion and screaming vocals that pulverized ATDI fans. Although Sparta doesn't merely recycle the older band's style, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This continuity helps explain Sparta's choice spot on the SnoCore festival's roster and its upcoming opening slot for Pearl Jam.
Meanwhile, Mars Volta -- which features ATDI members Cedrix Bixler and Omar Rodriguez -- labors in relative obscurity. Only time will tell which of the two bands (if either) will live up to early buzz. Leave that to the overbearing music writers of the future. But one thing is certain -- with Sparta in attendance at this year's SnoCore Festival, fans who bring their asses with them will have them firmly kicked.
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