Review & Full Album Premiere: Firebreather, Firebreather

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on October 10th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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[Click play above to stream Firebreather’s self-titled debut in its entirety. Album is out Friday, Oct. 13, via Suicide Records. Tour dates posted here.]

During their decade together, Sweden’s Galvano grew increasingly progressive in their delivery of semi-sludged metal, such that the chugging of their 2015 swansong, Trail of the Serpent, found them more in line with bands like The Ocean than the Black Cobra-style thrust proffered by their prior 2012 debut, Two Titans. Aligned to Candlelight, that two-piece was led by guitarist/vocalist Mattias Nööjd and would seem to have come to an end sometime after touring with Snailking and Zaum in Autumn 2015.

Nööjd resurfaces in Firebreather alongside bassist Kyle Pitcher and drummer Tommy Hanning, and in terms of relating to his past songwriting, it would seem he’s made clear efforts to get back to basics: pummel, tone, and push. Firebreather‘s self-titled debut runs a bone-crunching but totally manageable 33 minutes. Its four songs — “Fire Foretold” (7:09), “Emerald Eyes” (7:42), “The Ice Lord” (6:13) and “Release the Lava” (11:34) — split neatly into two vinyl sides, and the whole affair is somewhat unassuming on the surface. But just as the deep-toned Adam Burke cover art carries such a sense of illumination in darkness — just what fire has been lit in that cave? — so too does Firebreather‘s material soon unveil the breadth of its threat in the push and gallop that takes hold after the wind-swirl and nodding intro to “Fire Foretold,” Pitcher‘s bass leading a charge that, particularly when Hanning‘s steady snare joins and Nööjd adds his guttural vocals to start the first verse, feels almost singularly derived from High on Fire.

But not just any High on Fire, and not just any derivation. Early High on Fire. High on Fire at their most marauding, when the notion of taking filthy sludge tones and making them do things that only Celtic Frost and Slayer might otherwise dare was a novelty. This era — begun with their 1999 self-titled demo and continued onto 2000’s The Art of Self-Defense and 2002’s Surrounded by Thieves — is recognizable in the speedy immediacy of “Fire Foretold” as well as the lurching buildup that begins around the midpoint of “The Ice Lord,” and Nööjd‘s vocals are a big part of it, recalling pre-melody Matt Pike telling tales of monsters and conquests through material material that seems so violent one almost doesn’t notice how catchy it is; hello, “Emerald Eyes.” It’s more than just Nööjd‘s approach to singing though.

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In the structure of the lyrics and the rhythm of their delivery, one can hear it, and in the guitar and bass tones as well. These latter could be likened to a dull battle axe. That sounds like it’s not a compliment — wouldn’t one want to be sharp? — but if we keep with Firebreather in terms of representing a take on the aesthetic of formative High on Fire, the idea of the blade being dulled is crucial. A sharp blade cuts cleanly. It slices through: one swing. Swoop, done. It’s fresh, crisp. Maybe unused. A dull battle axe, on the other hand, maybe has a chip in one side of its blade from the neckbone of an enemy. It does not cut cleanly. When it cuts, it has to tear into chunks of raw meat its chosen target. The process is bloody, messy, full of gore. And the difference is one could argue High on Fire have become more and more sharpened over time, but in interpreting their influence on this self-titled, Firebreather dig back to the nastier, rounded edges that once so brutally cleaved the skulls of the unsuspecting.

Whether that’s done in the thud-and-churn in which “Emerald Eyes” is resolved or the broader epic-style storytelling that takes place across the fluid tempo shifts of “Release the Lava,” it’s a spirit Firebreather bring to life with marked purpose and a suitably righteous insistence, and despite the clear focus as regards their chief point of inspiration, their songs are not without an identity of their own. Particularly with the closer’s more patient delivery, rolling through its first two and a half minutes before the drums drop out to let the central riff be introduced and the first verse built toward, Nööjd, Pitcher and Hanning begin the process of carving out their niche, which includes some subtle, perhaps nascent use of melody in the still-from-the-gut shouted vocals that on “Fire Foretold” or “Emerald Eyes” hardly seemed to be a consideration despite layering in the hooks.

How Firebreather might continue to develop and distinguish themselves from their chief influence and from Nööjd‘s past efforts in Galvano, their debut presents a clear stylistic vision and intent — which is to say that the material doesn’t at all feel like it just stumbled into this sound. Rather, like a hilltop declaration of war, Firebreather‘s Firebreather sets forth with bludgeonry in mind and benefits from the knowledge of how to make it happen. It is the underlying memorability that comes through in the band’s songwriting, however, that will most let them flourish in the years and releases to come, and one hopes that as they storm the countryside on horseback spattering brain matter in their wake they remember that craft is the handle of the axe they so capably wield here.

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Firebreather Announce Tour Dates with Zaum; New Song Streaming

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 29th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Gothenburg-based three-piece Firebreather are gearing up to gallop off with hearts and minds — also presumably a soul or two — when they issue their self-titled debut EP via Suicide Records on Oct. 13. That same night, the band will head out on tour as support for Canadian ritualists Zaum, which makes sense when you keep in mind that the lineup for Firebreather boasts guitarist/vocalist Mattias Nööjd, who used to be in now-defunct bashers Galvano, with whom Zaum also toured. Maybe more than once, if I recall correctly.

In any case, it’s called continuity, so yeah, Firebreather and Zaum hitting the road together makes sense in part because of it. The other part is just because it makes sense, if you’re wondering.

Firebreather are streaming the new track “Fire Foretold” now, which leads off their EP. You can hear it at the bottom of this post.

The PR wire has more:

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FIREBREATHER: EU tour dates with Canadian legends Zaum announced

FIREBREATHER EP is released on 13th October 2017 on Suicide Records

There’s no escaping the fact that Sweden is an incomparable breeding ground for some of the heaviest and most crushing metal bands in the world right now. Amon Amarth, Grand Magus, Candlemass, Vokonis, Monolord… all have crossed the water and duly conquered in recent years. In fact, even those yet to arrive can more often than not be found waiting in the wings, battle horn in hand heralding trepidation, Scandinavian-promise and riffs the size of long ships.

One such band waiting to scorch the earth upon which they land is Gothenburg trio FIREBREATHER who will release their self-titled debut album on Suicide Records this coming October. Relatively new to the fold having formed in the spring of 2016 from the ashes of underground doom heavyweights Galvano, FIREBREATHER is a devastatingly weighty statement of intent. Taking in four tracks that swallow time behind tooth shattering riffs from guitarist/vocalist Mattias Nööjd and crunching rhythms via bassist Kyle Pitcher and Tommy Hanning (newly replaced by drummer Fredrik Käll), FIREBREATHER are a jaw-breaking triptych of sludge and doom rock.

Mastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Corrosion of Conformity, Beastmilk, Obituary) at his Audioseige Studio in Portland, OR and featuring artwork by legendary underground artist Adam Burke, FIREBREATHER are out to make 2017 their own.

FIREBREATHER hit the road this October with Canadian legends Zaum for a number of dates across Europe.

FIREBREATHER live w/ ZAUM:
10/13 Kiel DE Alte Meirei
10/14 Hamburg** DE Astra Stube
10/15 Freiburg DE The White Rabbit
10/16 Torino IT Haram’s Graveyard
10/18 St. Feliu de Codines ES Inciviczone
10/19 Zaragoza ES Arrebato
10/20 Madrid ES TBC
10/21 Cascais PT Stairway Club
10/22 Galicia ES TBC
10/25 Zagreb HR Vintage Industrial
10/26 Brno C Bakjazyl
10/27 Szeged HU Grand Cafe
10/28 Carpi IT Ekinda
10/29 Bistrica ob Sotli SI Klub Metulj
10/30 Timisoara RO Club Daos
10/31 Plzen CZ TBC
11/03 Gothenburg SE Truckstop Alaska

FIREBREATHER:
Mattias Nööjd – Guitar, Vocals
Fredrik Käll – Drums
Kyle Pitcher – Bass

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Honeymoon Disease Premiere Lyric Video for “Four Stroke Woman”

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 19th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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You’d probably never know it from how often I seem to repeat myself or get stuck on certain phrases, images, etc., but just about anything that turns a well-worn cliché on its head gets some automatic points in my book. Thus, if you’re looking at the title of the lyric video premiering below for Gothenburg, Sweden, heavy rockers Honeymoon Disease and thinking to yourself, “Really? Another lady-as-motor song? Does the world really need that?” I’ll ask you to take into account the following consideration: It’s not John Garcia, or Bon Scott, or Ian Gillan talking about “their woman” as a car or car part. It’s guitarist/vocalist Jenna Disease, and instead of objectification, the image becomes one of righteous declaration: “I’m a four stroke woman/A knucklehead, a devil in chains!”

It’s hard to overstate the importance of that distinction. Jenna — joined in the band by guitarist Acid Disease, drummer Jimi Disease (ex-Mamont) and bassist Cedrichoneymoon-disease-part-human-mostly-beasttakes ownership of the image, uses it across the subject/object divide, and so it becomes something closer to empowering. One could still argue that relating one’s existence to automotive repair is inherently dehumanizing, and I think there are arguments to be made on either side of adopting the tropes of discrimination as a means for empowerment in general — this happens in race as well as gender and economics as well — but there’s a big difference between saying you’re a huge fucking motor about to run someone over so let’s kick some ass and have a good time, and saying “my woman is a car and I’m going to drive her with my dude-parts.” I don’t care how you look at it, there’s a line there, and given that we’re bringing the lyrics directly into focus with a video in which they essentially star, it seems fair to point it out.

Did I mention the song rocks? Probably should emphasize that point as well. “Four Stroke Woman” comes from Honeymoon Disease‘s second full-length and first for The Sign RecordsPart Human, Mostly Beast, which is set to release on Oct. 27. The follow-up to the 2015 debut long-player, The Transcendence (discussed here), which was released by Napalm, it finds the band digging into prime boogie thrust without getting too lost in vintage-minded chicanery. You can hear a classic feel in “Four Stroke Woman” to be sure, but consider the clarity with which the song’s bassline comes through — friendly as hell, that one is — amid the forward push of the guitar, and you know which decade you’re in, one way or the other.

The band has some comment about the song and the album below, and more info follows along with preorder linkery from the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

Honeymoon Disease, “Four Stroke Woman” lyric video premiere

Honeymoon Disease on “Four Stroke Woman”:

“We live and breathe the motor culture, especially muscle cars and choppers. Acid rides motorcycles and our logo is a charger-68. Together with our action rock we create music that the motor community can relate to and ‘Four Stroke Woman’ is a salute to all bikers out there, female in particular, who dare to live the lifestyle that they desire without limits. Fast cars, furious bikes and rock ‘n’ roll, that is what’s it’s all about. And with a twist of avangarde mindset.”

Honeymoon Disease unleashes their new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast” the 27th of October on The Sign Records. The Swedish rock quartet’s second album is filled with high voltage pulse, colorful sounds and lots of groovy soul. Well acclaimed for their intense and high energetic stage performances the band have been one of the raising stars on the European rock stages, something the band have brought into the studio and recording the album live. Honeymoon Disease have worked with producer Ola Ersfjord (Imperial State Electric, Primordial, Tribulation, Dead Lord) since the recording of their last album “The Transcendence” (Napalm Records), something that led up to a recording session with better crafted songs, a more luxuries production and a lot of focus on the vocal arrangements.

Jimi Disease: “We wanted this album to have a more rough and lively feeling, as we are on stage. You should really hear the sweat from the jeans vest dripping out from the speakers.”

Tracklist:
1 – Doin’ it Again
2 – Only Thing Alive
3 – Tail Twister
4 – Rymdvals
5 – Needle In Your Eye
6 – Fly Bird, Fly High
7 – Calling You
8 – Four Stroke Woman
9 – Night By Night
10 – It’s Alright
11 – Coal Burnin’
12 – Electric Eel

The album is released on CD & Vinyl and as a bundle together with wunderbaum, bumpersticker and metal pin.

Pre-order from: http://freighttrain.se/en/

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Cities of Mars to Embark on Euro Tour Next Month

Posted in Whathaveyou on September 4th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Sweden’s Cities of Mars make their full-length debut on Sept. 29 with Temporal Rifts on Argonauta Records, and the three-piece have just announced a pretty extensive European tour by which they’ll support the record. Starting out Oct. 4 in their hometown of Gothenburg, they’ll pummel and roll through Germany, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Switzerland, etc. before they’re done, though it looks like a goodly portion of the dates are still coming together. Of course if you happen to live in any of the areas listen as “open” below and can make something happen, do it, because it’s the right thing and because Cities of Mars are pretty gosh darn awesome. I still haven’t heard Temporal Rifts in its entirety, but the track “Enjoy of Murder” was premiered here back in July and you can hear it as well as the bottom of this post.

The band posted the following update via their Thee Facebooks page:

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CITIES OF MARS – Temporal Rifts Tour 2017!

The tour is coming together! We’ll be covering a lot of ground on this one – happy to revisit cool venues and meet friends again! Also, we’ll be sharing the stage with a whole bunch of top bands.

We still have a few dates to book, so if you are a promotor, venue owner, festival/club organizer or whatever with a possible offer, please email booking.razoragency@gmail.com!

Our new album is available for preorder here: https://citiesofmars.bandcamp.com/album/temporal-rifts

See you on the road!

Tour dates:
October 4th – Gothenburg, Sweden – The Abyss (with Vokonis)
October 5th – Esbjerg, Denmark – TBC
October 6th – Potsdam, Germany – Archiv Potsdam (w/ Big Ugly Fat Fella & sun)
October 7th – Lubbenau – Germany – Kulturhof Lübbenau (w/Långfinger)
October 8th – Warsaw, Poland – Miejsce Chwila
October 9th – Katowice, Poland – TBC
October 10th – HELP! – AUSTRIA / CZECH REPUBLIC
October 11th – HELP! – AUSTRIA / CZECH REPUBLIC
October 12th – Vienna, Austria – Derwisch (w/ECHOLOT )
October 13th – Basel, Switzerland – Hirscheneck (w/ECHOLOT & Leaden Fumes)
October 14th – Freiburg, Germany – Kiez 57
October 15th – HELP! – Belgium / Germany / Netherlands
October 16th – HELP! – Belgium / Germany / Netherlands
October 17th – HELP! – Belgium / Germany / Netherlands
October 18th – Kiel, Germany – Alte Meierei Kiel (w/Lo! )
October 19th – Strasbourg, France – TBC
October 20th – London, UK – The Dev
October 21st – HELP! – UK
October 22nd – Coventry, UK – The Phoenix (The Discussion & Silverchild)
October 23rd – Antwerp, Belgium – Kid’s Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Kaffee
October 24th – Zaragoza, Spain – Utopía Sala
October 25th – Barcelona, Spain – TBA
October 26th – Caen, France – TBC
October 27th – Oldenburg, Germany – MTS LP STORE
October 28th – Berlin, Germany – TIEFGRUND
October 29th – Helsingor, Denmark – Musikhuset Elværket Helsingør (Dirt Forge)

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Långfinger Announce Fall 2016 European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Swedish classic-style heavy rockers Långfinger have announced a new round of European touring for this September and October. The Gothenburg three-piece will head out for a run through Germany, Belgium, and the Czech Republic beginning Sept. 28 as they continue to support their 2016 offering, Crossyears (review here), released by Small Stone in the US in conjunction with Cargo Records in Europe.

Though they’re still young, Långfinger are fast becoming veterans of Europe’s heavy rock underground. With Crossyears as their third album behind 2010’s Skygrounds and 2012’s Slow Rivers, the band have more and more refined their sense of songcraft to make their tracks organic, memorable and engaging in their blend of ’70s roots and modern impulses. Earlier this year, they hit the road alongside labelmates Captain Crimson to represent two of Sweden’s strongest upstart presences in next-generation riffage.

Dates for the upcoming autumnal run and more info follow here, courtesy of the PR wire:

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Långfinger Autumn Tour
28/9 Kiel (DE) – Schaubude
29/9 Oldenburg (DE) – MTS LP’s & CD’s
30/9 La Louviere (BE) – La Taverne du Theatre
1/10 Rodewisch (DE) – Ars Vitae
2/10 Prague (CZ) – Fatal Club
3/10 Pod?brady (CZ) – Boss Bar
4/10 Kolin (CZ) – Bar Pod Hodinama
6/10 Weimar (DE) – Kasseturm
7/10 Lubbeneu (DE) – Kulturhof

Poster design by: Thomas V. Jäger from Monolord.

Långfinger, from the fertile rock ‘n’ roll city of Gothenburg, are masters of the art. They’ve been playing together since they were in their early teens, and their third album, called ‘Crossyears’, is both the thrilling culmination of their collective endeavour, and a rumination on it – on how Time has shaped them and brought them to this point. Within its hard-hitting grooves, the interlocking of Långfinger’s three disparate characters – Kalle, the unflappable, precision axeman; Jesper, the athletic sticksman battering out physical revenge on his kit; and Victor, the intense, exploratory spirit, bridging thundering bass and howling exorcism – is a magical proposition.

Långfinger:
Kalle Lilja – Guitars & backing vocals
Victor Crusner – Bass, keys & lead vocals
Jesper Pihl – Drums & backing vocals

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Cities of Mars Unveil Cover Art and Preorders for Temporal Rifts

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 2nd, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Do you have any idea how difficult it is not to write the word ‘riffs’ every time I type out the title of Cities of Mars‘ upcoming debut album? Severe struggle, I’m telling you. Temporal Rifts is due out Sept. 29 via Argonauta Records and will mark the Swedish three-piece’s first offering for the label following their initial 2015 single, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye (review here), and the 2016 EP, Celestial Mistress (review here), that followed, and is set to continue the narrative thread those releases put in motion. By way of a refresher, the track “Envoy of Murder” was premiered here as a preliminary showcase just a couple weeks ago.

Today, in addition to the blue-hued album art, we get the tracklisting for the five-song long-player, preorder links and word that Cities of Mars will tie in the story with more background on their website when the time comes. Here’s the latest off the PR wire:

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Swedish Psych Doom masters Cities of Mars release cover artwork and tracklist of their highly anticipated new album “Temporal Rifts”; release date Sept 29th, 2017. CD / LP / DD preorders run now:

CD: http://bit.ly/2eZGchk
LP: http://bit.ly/2vl1SLZ
DD: http://apple.co/2vaWzOI

“It is with great expectation we get closer to the release of Temporal Rifts, our first proper album, on Argonauta Records. Once again our good friend Axel Widén has conjured a piece of art for our evolving saga. Common lyrical themes throughout these five songs are various transitions, transformations and shifts from one set of reality into another, therefore the portal theme suits the album very well. All these songs are set in a distant past in our story, thousands of years before our main character Nadia enters the scene. Upon release, all songs will have a timeline year and a brief piece of background story available on our webpage www.citiesofmars.se.”

TRACK LISTING
1. Doors of Dark Matter Pt 1: Barriers
2. Envoy of Murder
3. Gula, a Bitter Embrace
4. Children Of The Red Sea
5. Caverns Alive!

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Honeymoon Disease to Release Part Human, Mostly Beast Oct. 27 on The Sign Records

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 20th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Tilt your head at just the right angle and you can hear where Sweden’s Honeymoon Disease are coming from in noting a classic soul influence in the vocal arrangement of their latest single, ‘Electric Eel.’ That track will close out Part Human, Mostly Beast, which is the band’s second long-player behind 2015 Napalm Records debut, The Transcendence (discussed here), and will be out Oct. 27 via The Sign Records. Of course, there’s still plenty of boogie in “Electric Eel” as well, which would seem to be the whole idea, and one is curious to hear how the balance might shift from song to song throughout the album upon its arrival.

Plenty of time to stew in that anticipation, I suppose, though I also doubt “Electric Eel” will be the last we hear of Part Human, Mostly Beast before the thing actually lands three months from now. Whatever the next couple months might hold, preorders are up now and the PR wire brings art and album details as preliminaries for consumption:

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FW: Honeymoon Disease – announces new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast”

Honeymoon Disease unleashes their new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast” the 27th of October on The Sign Records. The Swedish rock quartet’s second album is filled with high voltage pulse, colorful sounds and lots of groovy soul. Well acclaimed for their intense and high energetic stage performances the band have been one of the raising stars on the European rock stages, something the band have brought into the studio and recording the album live. Honeymoon Disease have worked with producer Ola Ersfjord (Imperial State Electric, Primordial, Tribulation, Dead Lord) since the recording of their last album “The Transcendence” (Napalm Records), something that led up to a recording session with better crafted songs, a more luxuries production and a lot of focus on the vocal arrangements.

Jenna Disease:
“Its rougher and more heavy but still with a melancholic feeling. It’s part human but mostly beast”

The band released the first single “Electric Eel” from the album during the spring 2017. The backside of the seven inch hold a cover of soul-legend Eddie Floyd’s classic song “Big Bird”. During the pre-production the band and producer Ola Ersfjord find a mutual interest in old soul records. This interest paved the way for a recording session with more focus on strong vocal arrangements with more chorus and soul. At the same time the band is a modern high-energy rock act with focus on taking it all the way to eleven.

Jimi Disease:
“We wanted this album to have a more rough and lively feeling, as we are on stage. You should really hear the sweat from the jeans vest dripping out from the speakers”

Honeymoon Disease released their debut album “The Transcendence” on Napalm Records in 2015. The band have since then been touring frequently with bands as Avatarium, The Vintage Caravan, Dead Lord, RavenEye and Horisont and sharing stages with bands as Imperial State Electric, Graveyard, Bombus, Year of the Goat and The Order of Israfel. On the new album the band have continued to work with producer Ola Ersfjord. Honeymoon Disease have been working with Branca Studios with the artwork. The new album “Part Human, Mostly Beast” is released the 27th of October by The Sign Records.

The album is released on CD & Vinyl and as a bundle together with wunderbaum, bumpersticker and metal pin.
Pre-order from: http://freighttrain.se/en/

Track list:
1 – Doin’ it Again
2 – Only Thing Alive
3 – Tail Twister
4 – Rymdvals
5 – Needle In Your Eye
6 – Fly Bird, Fly High
7 – Calling You
8 – Four Stroke Woman
9 – Night By Night
10 – It’s Alright
11 – Coal Burnin’
12 – Electric Eel

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Cities of Mars Premiere “Envoy of Murder” from Temporal Rifts

Posted in audiObelisk on July 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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Swedish nod-grooving trio Cities of Mars will issue their debut full-length, Temporal Rifts, on Sept. 29 via Argonauta Records. With it, they continue a story set in motion by their very first release. Not only their own, of course, but one in their lyrics of interplanetary discoveries about conspiracies and ancient civilizations, uncovered by a KGB agent named Nadia in 1971. Their 2015 single, Cyclopean Ritual/The Third Eye (review here), introduced this character and began to set the place and time in which the narrative takes place, and the subsequent 2016 EP, Celestial Mistress (review here), pushed these ideas further into an arc worthy of graphic-novel representation. It became increasingly clear that this world would return on the Gothenburg three-piece’s debut album.

And so it does. More than two months ahead of its official release, Temporal Rifts today unveils its first public audio in the form of “Envoy of Murder,” and thereby cities of mars envoy of murderbrings an initial glimpse at the next phase of the tale. The band describes it further below, but let it suffice to say it takes place far in a distant, futuristic past and involves robot spiders (as one would hope, frankly), and the hook with which those mechanized arachnids arrive on the scene stands among the most righteous Cities of Mars — the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Christoffer Norén, bassist/vocalist Danne Palm and drummer/vocalist Johan Küchler, who recorded once again with Monolord drummer Esben Willems (interview here) at Berserk Audio — have yet brought to bear. As they begin to unfold Temporal Rifts and bring listeners up to speed on the increasingly complex plotline their material has been following, it seems like everything is beginning to fall into where it should be for characters, setting and narrators alike, and who doesn’t like to see a good story come together?

I will hope to have more to come on Temporal Rifts as we get closer to the album’s landing and I get to hear the full thing (there’s still plenty of time before Sept. 29), but I’m thrilled to host the premiere of “Envoy of Murder,” which you can find streaming on the YouTube embed that follows here. Preorders will be coming soon from Argonauta, so keep an eye out, and in the meantime, thanks for reading and listening.

Please enjoy:

Cities of Mars, “Envoy of Murder”

First single from Cities of Mars’ Temporal Rifts – Envoy of Murder. Temporal Rifts release date Sept 29.

Recorded live with a few overdubs by Esben Willems at Berserk Audio/Studio Svavel in Gothenburg Sweden 2017.

Envoy of Murder is the first single from the album Temporal Rift.

As always, the song contains a piece of the unfolding saga of the ancient Martian civilization, rediscovered by the KGB agent Nadia in 1971.

The song is set in 3251 BC, where a devastating civil war rages on Mars. A mad scientist has just released his latest invention onto the battlefield – an army of biomechanical spiders. Hidden in the shadows, the scientist controls his spider minions roaming the battle plains, infecting and reanimating dying soldiers into walking terrors.

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