Release: August 2017
With two albums (Sons of Cain and Blood is the Food of the Gods), one vinyl EP (Sacrifice), one 7” (Farewell to the Sun) and an epic soundtrack-like collaboration (Mars Presents the Trail), the German Pagan folk duo Mars has created its very own and unique sound that lies somewhere between apocalyptic folk and darkest Americana.
The album The Seeker is about the spiritual quest of the seekers of true knowledge. This cycle of 12 songs sheds light on different aspects of the pagan world, ranging from the ritualistic via the mythic towards the existentialistic. With their powerful acoustic approach Oliver Freund and Marcus Stiglegger create chants of hope and despair facing an increasingly profane world.
For The Seeker – which was four years in the making – the two musicians recorded guitars, percussions, violin, and voices at the legendary Rama-studio at Mannheim. Guest contributions come from gothic rockers Holy Orange, apocalyptic folkers :Solitude Ravencrow:, and the artcore band Rome Asleep. Musical styles range from martial folk (The Seeker Divine, Farewell to the Sun), via classical apocalyptic folk (Rest of Your Hope, The Pyres, The Lore of the Seeker) and a doomy outbreak (Raven’s Eyes) to authentic pagan ritual music (Prayer to Odhinn). The artwork is based on the ‘Elements’-cycle by shamanistic artist Nadine Demmler and is layouted by Danilo Vogt.
The album is limited to 250 copies.
This edition will contain a full colour inlay, all lyrics, as well as a download code and a sticker.
1. The Seeker Divine
2. Rest of Your Hope
3. The Pyres
5. The Lore of the Seeker
6. Farewell to the Sun II
7. Fires in Emptiness
9. Raven's Eyes
10. A Wooden Idol
11. In the Balance
12. Prayer to Odhinn
released August 21, 2017
Oliver F. (Lead vocals on 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11; guitars)
Marcus S. (Lead vocals on 1, 3, 5, 10, 12; background vocals on 2, 6, 9; percussion and drums; sampling and sounds)
Eberhard Tod (Background vocals on 1)
La Peste noire (viola on 1, violin on 2)
Both courtesy of :Solitude Ravencrow:
Frank Incense (bass guitar on 5 and 9)
Courtesy of Holy Orange
Recorded by Christian Bethge at RAMA Studio, Mannheim (1, 2, and 9)
Additional recordings at Somewhere in Europe Studio.
Artwork: “The Elements” collages by Nadine Demmler
Photos: Danilo Vogt, the bands
Layout: Danilo Vogt / artmaniax, mainz
Nadine, Danilo, Carsten, the Freund Family, the Stiglegger Family, David, our guest musicians, all dedicated concert bookers, our dedicated fans – seekers forever.
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