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Cult of Luna is Sweden's answer to the peak-valley axis of post-metal: i.e., brutal but brainy bands like Neurosis and Isis. The band broadens its palette on Vertikal, a concept album that covers the same man-vs.-machine ground as Fritz Lang's seminal silent film Metropolis. That's the idea, at least; if you were to play these prickly, synth-laced songs over the film, it'd seem less of a meditation on an uncertain future than an expressionist horror flick featuring bloodthirsty robots, a masochistic ruling class, and steam-powered killing machines. Good luck gleaning anything from Cult of Luna's lyrics, though. While frontman Johannes Persson sings in English rather than Swedish, his venomous vocals could still use subtitles. That way you'd be able to sing alongside uplifting lines like "I can't move, can't turn back/Out of reach, my heart is black." Not that it matters; like the movie it's partially inspired by, Vertikal is all about establishing and maintaining a mood, which this does right down to the final muffled notes of "Passing Through."

Customer Reviews

Pretty unique

I envision this as a soundtrack to a cyberpunk/steampunk storyline... Pretty easy to envision the majestic of a fog filled city mixed with machinery and whatever other low tech devices may be there... Comparable slightly to Meshuggah (both came from Umea, Sweden) or more so, the band Volumes. Good stuff and unique!

This Is Brilliant

Swedes are the best XD

Boy oh Boy

I loved there last album and ididn't think they could get any better. I was proven so wrong. This is my new favorite album by them. So worth it if you love any post-metal.


Formed: Umea, Sweden

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed from the remnants of a hardcore band named Eclipse in the far northern Swedish town of Umeå (also home to avant-hardcore masters Refused and metal extremists Meshuggah and Naglfar), Cult of Luna have perfected an elaborate, extremely dark progressive style of metalcore largely derived from the pioneering work of America's Neurosis. Although hardly the only band to find inspiration in the Bay Area bunch (Isis and Rwake also numbering among their disciples), Cult of Luna are unquestionably among...
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Vertikal, Cult of Luna
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 29, 2013

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