Cult of Luna‘s Vertikal is going to be in my top ten. There’s no doubt about it. It’s an amazing record that paints post-metal in the best of light, and is one of the best records from the genre, and in metal. Now, according to the band, they’re releasing a four-song continuation, entitled Vertikal II, and I’m already feeling tingly just hearing the news.
Cult of Luna‘s newest album, Vertikal, has been making all kinds of waves in the metal community as of late. We at Heavy Blog have had it for awhile, it has quickly become a frontrunner for album of the year with quite a few of us (yes, we know it’s barely February right now), and rightfully so. It’s a sludgy, post-rock opus that deserves the attention it’s getting. You can read the wonderful review that Heavy Blog contributor Atif wrote late in December.
And now that the album has seen its official release, the band and their label have saw fit to release a fresh new music video for one of the shorter (and in my opinion, better) tracks on the album. ‘Passing Through’ acts as the album closer for Vertikal, and it is done great visual justice with this video, which you can watch above.
Cult of Luna
01. The one
02. I: The Weapon
03. Vicarious Redemption
04. The Sweep
06. Mute Departure
08. In Awe Of
09. Passing Through
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?