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Release date: 25 January 2013
Style: Atmospheric sludge metal, Post-metal

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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
10. The Flow Reversed [limited edition bonus]

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Line-up
Anders Teglund - keyboards, samples
Fredrik Kihlberg - guitars, vocals
Johannes Persson - guitars, vocals
Erik Olofsson - guitars
Thomas Hedlund - drums, percussion
Magnus Lindberg - drums
Andreas Johansson - bass

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.5
Rarely does an album place you in the exact environment which its creators would have you experience. Even rarer, in my experience, is when such is achieved within the wide reaching scope of post-metal; albums can be loose in their effort to engage the listener and they tend to be vague in their atmospheric axis points. The lines of latitude are often blurred and while an atmosphere is usually present it can be an altogether indifferent experience as you fail to identify your location. Yet listening to Cult Of Luna's latest release Vertikal you'll likely be more the wiser about your surroundings.

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published 21.01.2013 | Comments (14)

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Demerzel - 04.01.2013 at 16:18  
Rating: 9 It seems that they've just bested all of their previous efforts. Some really intense stuff, a bit darker than usual.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.01.2013 at 19:54  
Rating: 8 Yep, this is quite a brilliant record. CoL have mastered a genre which can often be very boring with dynamic, varied and interesting songs. Once again they're without peer in their area of music.
tea[m]ster - 04.01.2013 at 22:11  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2013 at 19:54

Once again they're without peer in their area of music.


But their are others REAL CLOSE!
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.01.2013 at 22:49  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 04.01.2013 at 22:11

But their are others REAL CLOSE!

Probably
Mr. Doctor - 04.01.2013 at 23:20  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2013 at 19:54

Yep, this is quite a brilliant record. CoL have mastered a genre which can often be very boring with dynamic, varied and interesting songs. Once again they're without peer in their area of music.


Neurosis definitely let me down with the latest. Too safe... So atm I only see this band standing up. Hopefully Neurosis will get their shit together and make a better album so I can at least say that I enjoy more than just one band from this almost-dead genre. I give them the benefit of doubt since this is the first time I feel meh about their material.
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.01.2013 at 23:24  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2013 at 23:20

Neurosis definitely let me down with the latest. Too safe... So atm I only see this band standing up. Hopefully Neurosis will get their shit together and make a better album so I can at least say that I enjoy more than just one band from this almost-dead genre. I give them the benefit of doubt since this is the first time I feel meh about their material.

Yeah I felt the same about the recent Neurosis. It was very meh, but still seemed to appear on every end-of-year list out there. I think you'll like this record. Each song seems to have an usual effect or texture, or an uncharacteristic melodic lead that really feels fresh for the band, and even genre.
Mr. Doctor - 04.01.2013 at 23:31  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2013 at 23:24
Yeah I felt the same about the recent Neurosis. It was very meh, but still seemed to appear on every end-of-year list out there. I think you'll like this record. Each song seems to have an usual effect or texture, or an uncharacteristic melodic lead that really feels fresh for the band, and even genre.


I'll check it out asap. Can't wait to see them live at roadburn sicne they will obviously play some new stuff.
Alex Fenger - 04.01.2013 at 23:53  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2013 at 19:54

Yep, this is quite a brilliant record. CoL have mastered a genre which can often be very boring with dynamic, varied and interesting songs. Once again they're without peer in their area of music.

Have to agree with you, 2013's only just begun and I've listened to some great albums (this included)
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.01.2013 at 23:58  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 04.01.2013 at 23:53

Have to agree with you, 2013's only just begun and I've listened to some great albums (this included)

Indeed. I still think there's a chance Abyssal's 1st of January release could go on to conquer all other albums this year.
Alex Fenger - 05.01.2013 at 00:09  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.01.2013 at 23:58

Written by Alex Fenger on 04.01.2013 at 23:53

Have to agree with you, 2013's only just begun and I've listened to some great albums (this included)

Indeed. I still think there's a chance Abyssal's 1st of January release could go on to conquer all other albums this year.

I agree on that completely. If it were a 2012 release it would only be beaten by Igorrr's and possibly Liber II
IronAngel - 05.01.2013 at 00:15  
  Low and Cult of Luna is a great way to start the year. On first listen, I'm quite happy with this album. Theirs have always been growers for me, so no doubt it'll end up towards the top of my year-end list. Almost want to drop my 2012 albums and move on to this full-time.
Hallford9000 - 05.01.2013 at 02:58  
Rating: 10 Where do you listen to this?
tea[m]ster - 05.01.2013 at 10:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Hallford9000 on 05.01.2013 at 02:58

Where do you listen to this?


youtube , there are a bunch of tracks on it.
Pazdzioch - 05.01.2013 at 15:44  
  With these guys you can't go wrong. Another excellent album in their impressive discography.
tea[m]ster - 05.01.2013 at 16:25  
Rating: 9 This is so good, exceeds all my expectations. Crushes Eternal Kingdom tenfold. Couldn't be more happier!
Pazdzioch - 05.01.2013 at 19:34  
  My favorite track:

Chobo_jokeR - 05.01.2013 at 23:00  
Rating: 8 A truly great album. I liked the variation in the songs. I haven't seen the movie that the album is inspired by, but I definitely got a science fiction vibe from it.
baldur - 08.01.2013 at 19:59  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 04.01.2013 at 23:20


So atm I only see this band standing up.


Amenra released a new album which is pretty good.
InnerSelf - 11.01.2013 at 23:58  
Rating: 9 Oh my god ! what a brilliant record.
Monolithic - 12.01.2013 at 11:43  
Rating: 9 What in the world....? This is really amazing! and I thought they couldn't do anything darker than "Eternal Kingdom". They've totally outdone themselves.
John Shock - 13.01.2013 at 14:38  
  Already listened to it, already awesome! \m/
oroboros - 17.01.2013 at 15:41  
  This is quite fabulous.
Monolithic - 21.01.2013 at 10:22  
Rating: 9 "Mute Departure" is a killer song! AWE-some.
Dark 3.16 - 25.01.2013 at 00:51  
Rating: 8
Written by Monolithic on 21.01.2013 at 10:22

"Mute Departure" is a killer song! AWE-some.

Exactly! It Is my favorite ,, and the album is really good
COL is the Ultimate sludge weapon
tea[m]ster - 07.02.2013 at 02:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.01.2013 at 19:34

My favorite track:


Nice! That's my favorite too! I love this album. I was a bit worried, 5 years is a long time and I didn't especially care for Eternal Kingdom
Dentura - 10.02.2013 at 00:48  
Rating: 7 I really enjoyed this release, it starts to drag a little bit after "Synchronicity" for me, but as a whole, it's still a great album.
BloodTears - 16.02.2013 at 13:12  
Rating: 8 This album has a lot of depth to it. I'm really enjoying it and feel like there's still a lot more to discover.
Hallford9000 - 20.02.2013 at 04:10  
Rating: 10 After I am gone with the hype, I can now say it, this is to me the best COL album, although Somwhere along the Highway is real close.
VforVendetta - 25.02.2013 at 22:59  
Rating: 3 It was noise. It's so awkward that "Noise" can be recorded and is being released. Why people waste their money on such a kind of stuff. You may buy a broken mincer and stick your ear to it. I bet it has more desirable sound than "Cult of Luna" !!
Atrus - 26.02.2013 at 01:34  
Rating: 9 This album is awesome.
I see here too much hate to Eternal Kingdom... one of the best albums of CoL IMO
musicalkaratekid - 26.02.2013 at 16:59  
Rating: 9 My first taste of the band, and what a delicious one it is too! I don't normally listen to this type of music but I'm glad I made sure to check out the new CoL album, since I've heard a lot of good things about it recently. The longer songs do take time to amount to truly phenomenal climaxes but it's the atmosphere created by every instrument that really makes this sound worthwhile to listen to. In particular the furious 'I: the weapon' and 'Synchronicity' both amaze me with their consistency and although the few songs that run under 5 minutes don't appear to add to the album in any way, it's unnoticeable when trying to take all this album in one go.
Monolithic - 10.03.2013 at 09:02  
Rating: 9
Written by VforVendetta on 25.02.2013 at 22:59

It was noise. It's so awkward that "Noise" can be recorded and is being released. Why people waste their money on such a kind of stuff. You may buy a broken mincer and stick your ear to it. I bet it has more desirable sound than "Cult of Luna" !!

You're definitely not a fan of what you call "Noise" music.
tea[m]ster - 18.03.2013 at 17:24  
Rating: 9 Yes I may be drinking a lot of the fan-boy koolaid but this album gets better and better with each listen. In Awe Of is the best song they've ever written and is one of my favorite songs EVER! So good...
errorcode99 - 23.03.2013 at 19:05  
Rating: 8 There's a part in vicarious redemption that reminds me of bad dubstep :/ otherwise it's awesome!
MechanisT - 26.03.2013 at 23:01  
  Great album through and through.
Pazdzioch - 13.08.2013 at 20:15  
  Vertikal II will be released soon...
Boxcar Willy - 13.08.2013 at 21:16  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 13.08.2013 at 20:15

Vertikal II will be released soon...

Fuck to the yeah.
Metalorgy - 13.08.2013 at 22:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 13.08.2013 at 21:16

Written by Pazdzioch on 13.08.2013 at 20:15

Vertikal II will be released soon...

Fuck to the yeah.


Vertikal II is an EP, details have just been revealed ... the EP contains 3 new songs recorded during Vertikal I and a remix by Godflesh's Justin K. Broadrick.
http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=72371&band_id=532&bandname=Cult+Of+Luna
_deepblack - 15.08.2013 at 10:48  
Rating: 8 Vicarious redemption \m/
Farukay - 26.08.2013 at 00:24  
Rating: 10 Stunning album!
Diverge - 19.09.2013 at 05:39  
Rating: 8 I can recognize its merits, especially since I've been listening to this album for months. My current opinion on the matter: it's a very good record, and I love the stylistic elements they have brought to these songs, but unfortunately the execution is a little bit boring to me relative to the other post-metal albums I've heard. Cult of Luna has done better. I rounded up to an 8.
3rdWorld - 28.09.2013 at 10:19  
  Pretty rad. Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.
InnerSelf - 25.11.2013 at 17:55  
Rating: 9
Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Pretty rad. Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

It is and there's nothing that comes near its brilliance from 2013.
Pazdzioch - 25.11.2013 at 18:05  
 
Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx if you ask me
Fritillaria - 25.11.2013 at 18:35  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 25.11.2013 at 18:05

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx

Is not post metal at all.
Pazdzioch - 25.11.2013 at 18:52  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 25.11.2013 at 18:35

Is not post metal at all.

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it
Fritillaria - 25.11.2013 at 19:29  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 25.11.2013 at 18:52

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it

3rdWorld - 25.11.2013 at 20:36  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 25.11.2013 at 18:05

Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx if you ask me

Ok, quite intrigued about that now although I believe this is certainly more impressive since they were inspired by a particular movie and tried to incorporate the same images and evoke it through the music and to succeed with something like that at this level is quite an impressive feat.
Góral - 25.11.2013 at 23:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 25.11.2013 at 18:52

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it

I think this album ('Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx) can't be clearly categorized (many reviewers try to do it, like some fucking robots). There are also clearly doom/progressive landscapes, and much more, which may be called in the broad sense atmo - experimental. I agree that the post-metal is a kind of starting point here, but I say NO a categorical "compartmentalization" such a wonderful, versatile album. ( *I propose to continue this topic in 'Void Mother', not in "Vertikal" )
MechanisT - 17.12.2013 at 22:15  
  Don't know about "pure-fucking-sludge", but Obscure Sphinx sure isn't Post-Metal to me. Post elements are withdrawn and in the background, accentuating the emphasis on the "clean" sludge ala Ortega.

As for this album; I think it's quickly becoming my favorite of theirs. I can't get enough of the urban mood being conveyed.

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