Cities of Mars (SWE)
Cities of Mars from Gothenburg, Sweden, combine heavy doom riffs with ambient soundscapes and haunting vocals.The lyrics on each song adds a chapter in a continuing story, where a Soviet cosmonaut on a covert space mission in 1971 discovers an ancient Martian city and awakens a sleeping conspiracy from the dawn of humanity.
Formed in 2015 by Danne Palm, Christoffer Norén and Johan Aronstedt, the first two songs were recorded into a single produced by Esben Willems (Monolord/Berserk Audio) and released for the band’s first live show at the Wizard of Fuzz Festival. 2016 saw the release of Celestial Mistress, a three-song vinyl EP with the captivating artwork of Gothenburg-based graphic artist Axel Widén and the bands’ first European tour. More shows and new songs followed into 2017 when the album Temporal Rifts was released with a three week tour through Europe.
The saga continued with The Horologist, released on Ripple Music in 2019 when the band played the famous Desertfest London festival during a 22-gig tour across Europe, unleashing the songs of The Horologist.
2020’s pandemic channeled all energy into new songs and yet uncharted musical territories – sharpened into their most ambitious album to date, the self-titled album Cities of Mars, released via Ripple Music in May 2022. To infinity and beyond!
Cities of Mars:
Danne Palm – vocals, bass, synth
Christoffer Norén – vocals, guitar
Johan Aronstedt – backing vocals, drums & percussion