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"