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Cult Of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway review

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Band: Cult Of Luna
Album: Somewhere Along The Highway
Release date: April 2006

01. Marching To The Heartbeats
02. Finland
03. Back To Chapel Town
04. And With Her Came The Birds
05. Thirtyfour
06. Dim
07. Dark City, Dead Man

It's always really difficult to write a review regarding an artsy album full of mystique and intricate concepts; it happened to me when I reviewed The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw by Pelican and it happens to me quite often when I write experimental or post-rock evaluations. Somehow it was different with Cult Of Luna, the images and words came to me while I was hearing this album in the most bizarre way you could ever think of. So I'll just start rephrasing all those things traveling in my head right now.

You have a minimalist and quite suspenseful layout; the booklet shows nothing but a surrealistic desert on one side and a forlorn landscape in the other. This is actually perfect for the music you are about to hear; actually, try hearing this album in the dark with nothing but those images in your head…damn my friend, not even weed will get you this high I promise. Fortunately the production helps a lot, every instrument sounds really loud and greatly clear; even though it's a little raw, the audio feature only magnifies the thrill of the music.

So now that I've explained the surface of the album I'll go deeper with the music; Cult Of Luna plays what we all know as Post-Metal or "Sludge" to some people. This album fortunately shows a different side of this band, a rougher side actually, so the music becomes more intense and even dark at times (just check "With Her Came The Birds"). The whole album creates a shivering feeling wrapped with a gloomy atmosphere which will keep you interested to the very end; musically this band is just amazing, there are 8 guys arranging the music for crying out loud.

Yes, this is great music; this is an intense album from a powerful band, but the good question is, haven't we all heard this before? Bands like Pelican, Constants, Neurosis, Generation Of Vipers and Isis surround my mind saying "Hey!, We've done that before"; fortunately we, the ones who know the scene, understand why all those bands are different from each other; they have varied concepts, structures and to be honest their music is quite dissimilar generally speaking. That's exactly why people never say that Explosions In The Sky sounds like Mogwai or such bands.

This being said I'll write about the turn-offs of this album; it's sad to say that it has low re-playable values, unfortunately the fact that the best songs come in the end ( "Dim" and "Dark City Dead Man") will instantly make you skip the first half the next time this CD meets your stereo. I think Cult of Luna tried to add the old Explosions In The Sky kind of progression, where the album starts kind of soft and it ends in the most hostile way possible, but sadly they failed at this feature.

All in all this is a fairly good effort and I recommend you to try it, you have nothing to lose with a band like this believe me.

Best Tracks: "Dark City Dead Man", "Dim"

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Written by Herzebeth | 12.07.2006



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12.07.2006 - 19:00
Southern Wind
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one of the best albums of the year so far... my favourite of Cult Of Luna's doscography, although I'm not the biggest fan of their earlier works.
13.07.2006 - 04:01
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quite a good album....dark dark....
13.07.2006 - 23:12
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You really think that the end of the album is the best? I can agree that Dark City Dead Man is one great song, the second best after Finland imo. I just love the drums that come in at the end. They keep the song from being repetative and the sound is just great. But Finland, my god. I almost cry when i hear it, it's so amazing. Best song ever

Oh btw, the thing you wrote about listening in the dark, I do that to! Its great with this kind of music, especially this very album.
13.07.2006 - 23:47
@Xxel: damn your comment was really great... I'll hear Finland more and more and maybe it grows on me, still those two last tracks (right now at least) blow me away everytime I hear them but who knows... Cool thing about hearing this albums in the dark
21.07.2006 - 17:33
Try heard it on the Highway, on the day, looking to the clouds and the horizont, the trees, the fields..etc..but don´t drive while do this!
My prefered is the last one....but it was more hard to like´s not so accecible
05.02.2007 - 23:42
Great album, so dark and melancholic.
God is busy… save yourself
26.12.2009 - 10:28
Liver Failure
Written by Guest on 12.07.2006 at 19:00

one of the best albums of the year so far... my favourite of Cult Of Luna's doscography, although I'm not the biggest fan of their earlier works.

Favorite Cult of Luna album to me as well. All the tracks are someone's favorite, for none of them are dissapointing in any way.

Amazing work!

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
28.12.2009 - 00:47
Au Pays Natal
I do like their first two albums alot but this is my fav album by them - love the post metal transformation!
13.09.2010 - 15:58
My favorite album by CoL, closely followed by Salvation, and quite possibly my favorite album of all time. I can't stop spinning it, still after many years. Dim is the best track, in my opinion as well. Still I'm with Xxel, actually except Dim I think the three next best ones are the three first, with Back to Chapel Town as the top one. You just got to love that desolate and lonely opening, before the track really starts.

But still, except 34 and With Her Came the Birds, they've all been my favorite track at some time. Wonderful album! Perfect Post-Metal.
13.09.2010 - 16:04
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I don't think I could ever choose between this and Salvation. They're both unmatched in the post-metal/atmospheric hardcore, whatever you'd like to call it, genre.
26.01.2011 - 16:24
Darkness! i love it, Dark City, Dead Man epic

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