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Cyclopean Ritual​/​The Third Eye

by Cities of Mars

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Lyrics: Shadows arising Circles burn electric fire Flames ablazing Holy incense spirits gathering Mask of ages Gaze upon thy flesh of servitude One-eyed mages Starlight veil aflame in the altitude Step outside the bounds of reality Hololithic eye of divinity Behold the eye (of a thousand years) Beneath the skies (burnt from blackened suns) Behold the eye (scarred by crimson tears) A dark embrace Cyclopean ritual Re-birth – ascension Cast away the sight of mortality Dark dimensions Pathway to the righteous visions Crack of lightning Craft of flesh divine machinery Bionic mazes Insidious in the world’s illusion Step outside the bounds of reality Hololithic eye of divinity Behold the eye (of a thousand years) Beneath the skies (burnt from blackened suns) Behold the eye (scarred by crimson tears) A dark embrace Cyclopean ritual
Lyrics: Thunder rolling on the plains of the red sand Storm is howling across this dead land mountain of the gods rise into the dark sky spires of Bahb-Elon loom in eternal night Darkness rising from the tomb of the ancient broken hinges on the gates of obsidian Shadows crawl in the alleys of black stone echoes whisper in the house of the dead crone Lights, ablaze in the sky Circles are aligning Ablaze in the sky Third eye from the world beyond Exhumed by dark light, lord of the ages Skies nocturnal, river of Hades Face of the endless, alive from the slumber Veils of time, torn asunder Third eye from the world beyond


In 1971, a Soviet agent landed on Mars and discovered a buried civilization. These are the first two tracks of a saga that will unfold...

Produced by Esben Willems @Berserk Audio


"The three Swedes have a sound that is truly epic on their hands; a sound which matches the seismic scale of planets, other life, and crushing realisations of possibilities of other truths.
Cities of Mars are a band that will envelope you unless you get on top of them now. Start here, and see where their path takes you."

"Very cool, very rock, with a kind of monotonous badass voice. It’s heavy but clean, with bits of sci-fi. Imagine a communist propaganda B movie set in space.
Final verdict: Excellent stoner metal! Great riffs !
Rating: 11/10, would visit the cities of mars with Cities of Mars again"

"Heavy, sprightly yet dense - this will serve up a rush to all hemispheres of the doom orb, from those drawn to the deep heaviness of the riff to those still holding a torch for psychy stoner, wary of the modern doom morbidity.

Think of fellow Swedes Monolord or Moon Coven, or hark back to The Sword's golden high of Age of Winters" "the straight forward riff centred get-go approach, with psychedelic nous to intelligently structure and evolve both tracks, is bold and beholding.

The cross appeal of this brief introduction serves as its greatest advertisement, such as on the slow and weighty build and stonerish descent of Cyclopean Ritual. In ethos, in tripped out mystical lyrical themes and more, Cities of Mars are a student of joint honours reading the early works of both Monster Magnet and High on Fire; not specifically sounding like either but placing themselves midway between and evoking qualities of both."

"Cities of Mars distinguish themselves with some of the most satisfying roll in this style that I’ve heard since the first Sigiriya record in 2011, not looking to overwhelm with tone or impress with nuance, but just riffing out and hitting the mark dead on."

The truth metal reviews:
"Cities of Mars are a fuzzed out, psychedelic doom-trio that aim to bury you in as much lysergic stoner metal as you can handle. Hailing from Sweden and recorded by the almighty @esbenwillems of Monolord notoriety.
"Cyclopean Ritual" is a hefty doom jam that reminds me of a punkier version of "Empress Rising". If you're searching for the perfect biking-across-the-desert-with-my-homies-while-shrooming track, then look no further than "The Third Eye".
It oozes badass like a gang of Hell's Angles riding dragons. A couple of jamming little appetizers from this Swedish doom band. Full length should be a banger"


released August 14, 2015


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Fuzzed-out sci-fi conceptual doom trio from Sweden.


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