The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López returned from a trip to Jerusalem with an archaic form of Ouija board, which he gave to vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala as a gift. According to the band, they contacted various spirits via the device – which they dubbed The Soothsayer. Foremost were three spirits combined into a single entity known as The Goliath. Their album The Bedlam In Goliath sprang from this experience and the messages they received, but things soon started going wrong. Omar’s home studio flooded, tracks would mysteriously disappear from hard drives, and Cedric wound up requiring surgery for a foot injury. Eventually Omar took the board and buried it, keeping the location secret from the rest of the band for their own good. “He buried it because he knows that I am obsessive compulsive and despite everything that was happening, I would probably want to play the game again,” Cedric admitted to Marquee Mag.