Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
The Gothenburg, Sweden-based trio Cities Of Mars, aka Danne Palm (bass and vocals), Christoffer Norén (guitar and vocals), and Johan Küchler (drums/backing vocals), just released their full-length debut. The 5-song ‘Temporal Rifts‘ dropped last week, on Sept. 29th, from Argonauta Records.
The new record is the anxiously awaited follow-up to the band’s 2016 EP, Celestial Mistress, and 2015 2-song maxi-single, The Third Eye/Cyclopean Ritual. On ‘Temporal Rifts‘, the saga of Cities Of Mars – where the KGB cosmonaut Nadia lands on Mars on a covert mission in 1971 and shortly after disappears into the misty depths of an ancient conspiracy – further unfolds. The band commented on their newest offering, saying:
“It’s with great excitement we are releasing our first proper album on Argonauta Records. Our interplanetary saga is now unfolding by five more doom- and groove-laden pieces, adding a few more bits to our musical and lyrical universe. Once again we chose to work with producer Esben Willems who has been key in finding and capturing our sound on our first single and the following EP Celestial Mistress. We also wanted to do another artwork piece with our longtime graphic artist Axel Widén, conjuring a haunting image from our story.“
“We’re excited to team up with Argonauta for this release! Musically, we have expanded our sound a bit, with faster parts and the occasional odd time signature – an organic development where all of us contribute more to our creative process. Lyric-wise, we are digging deep into the origins of our saga, with Doors of Dark Matter Pt 1: Barriers being the starting point of the tale that millennia later leads to the arrival of our cosmonaut Nadia in 1971. Like usual, everything is recorded live and raw with only vocals and occasional overdubs being done afterwards. We are very happy with Temporal Rifts and we look forward to seeing lots of new people on our upcoming tour!“
Now you have the opportunity to hear and experience Cities Of Mars’ ‘Temporal Rifts‘, with all its’ expanded sound and odd time signatures, here today. Riff Relevant is happy to provide you the album streaming in full via the embed below. Purchase here.