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Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Cult of Luna - VertikalCult of Luna

Vertikal

01. The one
02. I: The Weapon
03. Vicarious Redemption
04. The Sweep
05. Synchronicity
06. Mute Departure
07. Disharmonia
08. In Awe Of
09. Passing Through

[01/29/13]
[Density Records]

Cult Of Luna is one of those bands that have a huge cult following when it comes to sludge and post-metal. Few bands can proudly call themselves art-metallers and not be mistaken. With such great albums as Salvation (2004), Somewhere Along The Highway (2006) and Eternal Kingdom (2008) they have truly put their name as one of the leading forces in post-metal/sludge. With Vertikal, Cult Of Luna rightfully pays homage to Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (1927), a science-fiction silent film that was considered to be ahead of its time and was for many years. A movie that artistically inspired many others like “Dark City”, “Blade Runner” and to some extent even the award winning videogame “Bioshock”. It is truly a work of art that has withstood the test of time. So how does Cult of Luna’s aural representation of this classic stand up?

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Shining (Norway) are a band close to my heart, as their unique brand of industrial slightly blackened jazz fusion sound just speaks to me and my soul. If abrasive and over-distorted guitar and synth lines backing saxophone solos aren’t your thing, then I can safely say we won’t get along all that much.

2010′s Blackjazz was one of the best records of that year, and even though we get tired of many albums that came out a couple of years back, this album has not aged that much; it feels like it came out last year!

One song from that record is ‘Fisheye,’ a song that accurately encapsulates the core Shining experience as well as any. If by some chance you’ve skipped over the band before, the new video from this track might just entice you enough. Marvelous song aside, the video was shot beautifully. Ever since Chris Collins (who posts under the alias Colossus) started with his video reviews column, I’ve been more appreciative and critical of music videos, and while there’s some editing mishaps like with lyrics not matching with frontman Jørgen Munkeby’s screams, this is still one of the coolest music videos I’ve ever seen. Give that a view above!

Again, if you haven’t heard Blackjazz yet, please do that ASAP. It’s out now on Indie Recordings.

- JR

So as it turns out, the American release of the highly anticipated Blackjazz Live isn’t until 2012. Dammit to hell. At least I can take solice in Prosthetic promising to ship out pre-orders as they get them this month, so there’s something. I’ll never understand how international releases are handled this strangely. Europeans get all the breaks.

Luckily I can tide over the wait with the two released videos from the DVD so far. Last week we got “The Madness And The Damage Done.” This week, we’ve got “In The Kingdom Of Kitsche You Will Be A Monster.” Obviously, it’s kind of awesome. Kind of a lot of awesome.

You lucky Europeans can get the DVD this Friday, 11/11/11, when it is released on Indie Recordings.

- JR

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