Cult Of Luna - Vertikal mp3 album
Vertikal is the sixth studio album by the Swedish metal band Cult of Luna and is also the band's first studio album since Eternal Kingdom (2008). The album was released in Europe on January 25, 2013 through Indie Recordings, and in the US on January 29, 2013 on CD through Density Records and on vinyl through Back on Black.
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Cult of Luna: Vertikal (Indie Recordings) CD/LP/DL Out: Now. Sweden’s finest create a blistering soundscape of deeply affecting brutality and grace. From the opening fanfare it is clear that Cult of Luna are leading us into new ground once again. Album opener The One sparks not only interest, but rapt attention, this grip is not loosened for the remainder of the proceedings. One of the most staggering things about Cult of Luna is just how transcendental they are as an outfit, refusing to adhere to the specifications, or rules, of any one set genre, they exist as composers in the classical sense. All this talk of grandiose experimentation and epic musical journeys may give the impression of meandering, jazz infused noodling. This couldn’t be further from the truth; nothing happens by accident on this album.
Much like all of Cult of Luna’s records, Vertikal is a challenging listen. It’s heavily layered and detailed, with each of the compositions exposing a new facet of themselves on every listen. The record can be equal parts cathartic and effusive or brooding and melancholic, the band truly accomplish this by moving, with ease, between different tempos. The sprawling 19 minute Vicarious Redemption is one of the album’s undeniable centrepieces, where the band distil all of their captivating components into one sublime piece that soars and plunges through staggering peaks and troughs. On Vertikal they have eschewed clean vocals in favour of maintaining bristly cries.
Cult of Luna’s musical journey began with noisy doom but through six LP’s has progressed towards shores of crushing yet mournful beauty. Those who enjoyed Vertikal will no doubt savor the tracks on offer on the EP. Opener O R O begins with a submerged-sounding pulse that melds into one of the loneliest riff/vocal combinations this side of misery
Cult of Luna's metal pedigree provides texture and depth; their interest in corroding their limits provides the inspiration. And on the beautiful, patient closer "Passing Through", the twinkles of glockenspiel and the sheets of digitally tweaked crooning float above sinister guitars set on an infinite loop. Previously, Cult of Luna's sideshow forays detracted from their bulkhead of heaviness; here, they serve as reinforcement. Vertikal is an interesting and accomplished hybrid, but it isn't perfect