After two albums (Sons of Cain and Blood is the Food of the Gods), one vinyl EP (Sacrifice), and an epic soundtrack-like collaboration (Mars Presents the Trail), the German Pagan folk duo Mars has finally created its very own unique sound that lies somewhere between apocalyptic folk and the darkest Americana.
Besides the more minimalistic and darkly romantic song “Whispers,” this new video for “The Pyres” by German filmmaker Danilo Vogt represents the spiritual and deeply pagan side of Mars. Written, arranged, and sung by Marcus S., this hypnotic ballad is the darker counterpart of “Whispers” and was recorded during a solstice ritual. Joined by shamanistic imagery, Marcus S. chants the account of a solstice ritual held amongst the “Pyres” in the face of the Old Gods.
“Whispers” is the first of two songs from the upcoming double-A-digital-single Whispers/Pyres. While “Whispers” is coined by Oliver F.’s unique voice and playful guitar performance, “Pyres” will head for Marcus S.‘s more ritualistic approach and will most definitely appeal to those listeners who find themselves appreciating dark folk. The premiere of the second video will also mark the official release of the digital single here.
Both songs will be featured on the upcoming album, The Seeker, which is planned for release in 2016.