Swedish post-metallers Cult Of Luna have released information via their website that their new album will be titled Vertikal and will be released sometime early 2013. The album is said to be thematically influenced by the film “Metropolis”. Blabbermouth.net seems to be the first one to have reported this and you can read an excerpt off their article below.
Swedish “art rockers” CULT OF LUNA will release their first studio album in five years, “Vertikal”, in early 2013. The CD is said to be thematically influenced by the film “Metropolis”, a hypnotic backdrop of machinery and repetition.
Commented the band: “Before we started writing, we were keen to find a theme that in a very direct way could be shown through the music, and we hope to have achieved this. We developed clear structures — very linear, refusing to over complicate the writing process.
“We realize fans have been waiting for what seems like an age for us to return to the live arena properly, but we were not keen on playing shows before we had the new material ready. There have been changes, and we wanted to come back on our own terms with something completely new. It is very important for us to transpose the idea of a new album into the live setting, to not tread water, and to include the fans in what we’ve been working on; you will be hearing this very soon.”
This is amazing news for anyone who’s interested in any type of post-metal or art-rock. I’ve been waiting for this album for years now and finally we’ve got an approximate date. Well, an “approximate” is good enough for me. CoL have never disappointed. Every album has been phenomenal and I’m sure this won’t be any different. Back in 2008, I heard their album Eternal Kingdom and instantly fell in love with the thick atmosphere and the gripping narrative of the album.
Its not surprising that Vertikal is a concept album. Even Eternal Kingdom was based on a story written in a madman’s diary they found at the abandoned mental-institution they used to jam in (crazy story, I know). But with Vertikal being based on “Metropolis”, this is going to be very interesting. I’ve never seen the movie but I’m definitely going to watch it now. I’ve heard good things about it. It also helps that I’m a huge Bioshock fan, so I know what I’m getting into.
We’ll keep you up to date on this. Till then, watch this amazing live performance of ‘Ghost Trail’, one of their best songs, from the greatest live DVD ever made.