It’s been nearly five years since post-metal icons Cult of Luna released their last record Eternal Kingdom, and that’s about three years too many. The band have been hard at work on their new record for some time though, and it’s finally seeing the light of day come January.

Via the press release:

 VERTIKAL marks a much‐anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science‐fiction film ‘Metropolis’. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over‐complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.

A cohesive post-metal concept album? Sounds intriguing and promising! Also with the announcement comes a run of European dates and the promise that American tour dates are going to happen sometime in 2013. Good news all around!

Vertikal is out January 29th through Density Records. You can view the band’s touring itinerary after the jump.

January:
17th – Hamburg, Knust
18th – Luxembourg, Kulturfabrik
19th – Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
20th – Sheffield, Corporation
21st – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
22nd – London, The Garage
24th – Paris, Le Divan Du Monde
25th – Vannes, L’Echonova
26th – Bordeaux, Le Krakatoa
27th – Bilbao, Sonora
28th – Porto, Hard Club
29th – Lisbon, Paradise Garage
30th – Madrid, Caracol
31st – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3

March:
2nd – Helsinki, Nosturi

February:
1st – Beaumont, Le Tremplin
2nd – Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
27th – Oslo, Parkteatret
28th – Stockholm, Debaser Medis

April:
18th – Gothenburg, Pustervik
20th – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival
22nd – Fribourg, Fri‐Son
23rd – Mezzago, Bloom
24th – Rome, Traffic Live Club
25th – Misano Adriatico, Boulevard
26th – Winterthur, Gaswerk
29th – Bucharest, Silver Church
30th – Timisoara, Daos Club

May:
2nd – Innsbruck, P.M.K
3rd – Wroclaw, Asymmetry Festival
5th – Munich, Kranhalle
6th – Stuttgart, Universum
7th – Bielefeld, Forum
8th – Cologne, Gebaude 9

– JR

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