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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Cities of Mars Sign to Argonauta Records; Temporal Rifts Due this Fall

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

The only real question with Swedish riff-bringers Cities of Mars was who it was going to be that eventually picked them up. Today we get that answer in the form of Italian imprint Argonauta Records, which adds the Gothenburg trio to its ever-growing roster for the Fall 2017 release of their debut full-length. Titled Temporal Rifts, the anticipated long-player will follow on the heels of last year’s Celestial Mistress EP (review here) and the prior first single, Cyclopean Ritual / The Third Eye (streamed here), continuing the narrative thread that those two offerings began concerning Mars, ancient civilizations, and of course, the KGB.

As Cities of Mars have already toured supporting Celestial Mistress last Autumn, I’d expect no less from them as they dig into a cycle for the upcoming Temporal Rifts. I’ll hope to have much more on that and the album itself prior to the release. You might recall, it was one of my most anticipated for 2017.

Here’s the latest from Argonauta:

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Cities of Mars signing with Argonauta Records!

Thrilled to welcome Swedish doom metal band Cities of Mars in our family!

“We’re happy to announce that we’ve signed a deal with Italian doom titan label Argonauta Records for the release of our first full length album. Argonauta dedication and growth as a relentless force in the heavy underground scene suits our own hands-on hard work ethic” says the band.

The Swedish renowned band Cities of Mars has taken the genre with storm with their last EP Celestial Mistress (http://citiesofmars.bandcamp.com).

All songs are written as a part of an intergalactic story taking place on Mars with a timeframe that stretches from ancient days up until now. The concept is well incorporated in the band’s all releases and really appreciated according to multiple reviewers all over Europe.

The band is planning a massive three-week European tour to promote the release of the upcoming album, Temporal Rifts. The full length album will contain five new songs firmly rooted in the ancient Martian civilization later discovered by a covert KGB agent.

Temporal Rifts will be available on LP, CD, downloads and via various streaming services during Fall 2017.

“Sonically, we are still roaming the deep space of slow riffs, but are also expanding into a few selected up-thrusts. We believe you’ll like it as much as we do! We are very excited to join forces with Argonauta Records and together enter the next phase of the Cities of Mars saga” the band ends.

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Cities of Mars, Celestial Mistress EP (2016)

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