Swedish trio Cities of Mars update on their forthcoming second EP, Celestial Mistress, and answer a couple key questions about the release. Most pivotal, whether or not it will continue the narrative thread begun on their 2015 two-tracker, Cyclopean Ritual (streamed here). Yes, yes it will. The band gives some background below on where the story’s heroine is headed this time around, while also noting that the EP introduces a second main character in an ancient fallen fighter pilot. Can’t help but wonder if through some space-time flux these two won’t meet up at some point, perhaps on a debut full-length down the line?
For now, it’s a story told through riffs that continues to intrigue. The following info on the short release came in thusly:
A quick update on the upcoming EP:
It’s called Celestial Mistress and will contain the title track as well as Beneath a burning sun and Gaze of Leviathan. All three songs are chapters in the unfolding saga of the ancient civilization on Mars, adding more pieces to the puzzle that began with the two songs released in April. The title track is set in 1971 (and onward) where our heroine Nadia meets an undying Lord of the ancient city of Bahb-Elon and discovers her part in a prophecy from millennia ago. Gaze of Leviathan is also set in 1971 where Nadia ventures far beneath the surface of Mars and discovers that all is not silent and abandoned on the red planet.
Beneath the burning sun tells the tale of a shot-down fighter pilot in a war thousands or years ago, during the high point of the martian civilization.
The artwork will be within the theme of course, working once again with our graphic artist Axel Widén that has done all our stuff so far.
All the three songs are recorded with live basics, drums, bass and lead guitar in full takes with the whole band. Esben of Monolord has pressed us even further than we expected with the vocals, so we are confident that the lyrical content will be presented as awesome as the music itself. The production will be bigger, heavier and more diverse.
Release date is not set, since there is practical and legal stuff to be negotiated with a few biz partners, but March should be realistic. At first it will be a pure digital music release, with the artwork available as a poster. However, we hope to offer the EP as a 10-inch gatefold physical release later this year.