Cult of Luna
Salvation


5.0
classic

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
May 14th, 2005 | 653 replies | 45,055 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Cult of Luna belong to a small group of bands who are slowly creating their own sound and genre. Among these bands are Isis, Neurosis and Pelican. These bands create slow and sludgy metal and are often emotional, having a good relationship with the hardcore genre. These bands are often quite close to the genre of doom metal but their love of ambience and experimentation sets them apart from doom metal bands such as Candlemass and Sleep. Cult of Luna are easily one of the best of this genre, creating amazing music.

Cult of Luna:

Klas Rydberg - Vocals
Erik Olofsson - Guitars
Thomas Hedlund - Drums
Magnus Lindberg - Sound engineering, percussion, guitars
Johannes Persson - Guitars
Andreas Johansson - Bass
Anders Teglund - Sampler, synthezisers

Out of the ashes of the hardcore band Eclipse (of which Klas and Johannes were members of) sprung Cult of Luna. Hailing from Umeå in Sweden, the home of some of the largest acts in heavy music; Refused, Meshuggah and Naglfar. While these bands are all quite different from each other, they are easily some of the greatest bands in heavy music that the world has seen. Refused released one of the greatest punk/hardcore/metal albums of their time, Meshuggah continue to release strong records full of their jaw dropping technicality and Naglfar continue to lead the black metal scene with their mostly consistent releases. All of these bands come from the same place, yet aren't similar at all. Cult of Luna are different to these bands still and comparisons cannot be made with any of these bands. Cult of Luna draw from doom metal bands such as Sleep or Trouble and from post-rock bands such as Mogwai. In addition to this, the vocals are very dry and raspy, similar to Isis and more than a few hardcore bands. They have the slow speeds that bands like Isis and Pelican share but have much more of a melodic focus. Also, drawing much more from their doom metal peers, their music is very emotional, sparse and desperate. The heavy parts and the softer melodic parts are in equal proportion. "Salvation" is actually a lot less heavy and crushing than the band's previous two albums but when the music is playing, it is very easy to forget this.

The music of "Salvation", when it isn't beautiful and melodic is nearly always punishing, feeling like it is crushing the listener's skull. While the listener wants to beg the band to stop, they just can't help but keep listening. Other tunes are more laid back and while they are equally heavy, they are relaxing and chilled out.Cult of Luna's sound is their own, but fits in well with their little group and genre. But are the songs any good? The answer is yes, they are incredible. While "Salvation" only has 8 tracks, the album clocks in at 73 minutes. While there aren't many happy moments, there are many, many soft and beautiful moments. Songs like "Leave Me Here" and "Crossing Over" show the softer side of the band, while still being heavier than a band like Slayer. The album has a couple of songs that have a jazzy slant to them, but nowhere near being actual jazz. Another amazing part of this album is it's complete openess and honesty. The lyrics of "Salvation" are extremely honest, emotional and depressive and the music reflects the lyrics extremely well. There really is not a single bad moment on the album and while it is no suited to the non patient listener, it just cannot be faulted. All of the songs are pretty much equal in greatness and they are all very, very great. Fans of bands like Isis, Neurosis, Pelican and Mare are advised to rush out and buy this album straight away, this is an essential album. Other fans of metal should own this album as well, with a bit of luck, this will be considered a classic of the genre in a decade or so. Fans of hardcore bands like Converge will find equal enjoyment in this album and emo fans should also own this. As the music of this album is extremely heavy and a bit inaccessible to someone not interested in heavy music, it isn't for everyone. But anyone interested in heavy music or even ambient music must own this album, period. Just don't expect it to make you smile.

Pros

- Crushing, massively heavy music.
- Beautiful melodies
- Very open and honest
- This hasn't been heard before

Cons

- None

Reccomended Tracks

Echoes
Leave Me Here
Crossing Over

Web Links

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[URL=http://www.cultofluna.com]Cult of Luna's official site[/URL]

FINAL RATING: 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Happymeal
May 14th 2005


330 Comments


I've had a couple of songs before, I think I'll give this another chance. Good review as always, bread.

Bartender
Emeritus
May 15th 2005


826 Comments


Good review. I'll probably end up picking this up sometime, since I loved The Beyond.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 15th 2005


2125 Comments


You'll enjoy it. This one isn't as heavy as the first two though.

caspian
May 22nd 2005


38 Comments


I bought their first album, and I was expecting another brutal slow sludge fest with this one.. But it's really good. Really melodic, with damn good lyrics too. 5/5

Arrakakaka
August 16th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No cons. Damn straight!

analrightstart
September 3rd 2005


96 Comments


This is the next cd i buy

Arrakakaka
October 2nd 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

People need to really notice these guys.

circleofdeadchildren
November 10th 2005


119 Comments


THESE GUYS ARE AWESOME,great review btw!

Dancin' Man
November 10th 2005


719 Comments


yes they are.

Arrakakaka
November 10th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I see that people downloaded my contribution This Message Edited On 11.10.05

Killtacular
November 10th 2005


1314 Comments


I listened to Leave Me Here, and I must say, I really hate the vocals. The instrumental parts are good, but those vocals just really, really blow hard.

Arrakakaka
November 10th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hard and painful screams. Hard to get into. But the crooning and singing is great. Such as in "Crossing Over".This Message Edited On 11.10.05

LiquidTension361
February 22nd 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is progressive? I listened to 'Leave me Hear' and all I heard was a bunch of screaming and redundant guitar. There was nothing special or interesting about it...

AlienEater
February 23rd 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's not progressive like ELP. And this album is pretty fucking good.

RunAmokRampant
February 23rd 2006


228 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The thing with bands like this, there are no cheap imitators as I think this type of music is some of the most honest and difficult styles of songwriting. Brilliant stuff

Blindguardian
May 7th 2006


186 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

When I listen to this album, my mind goes places, it seems to suggest every possible emotion, weaving threads of sound that connect with my memories, moreso than many albums, Salvation seems to provide room for the listener to make his own connection to the music

Perfection

canadapantsman
September 3rd 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

all other CoL albums pwn this un

antihippy
April 14th 2007


696 Comments


this band sounds so awesome. what album should i get first?

freudianslipknot
June 10th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have just purchased this and so far it sounds pretty awesome. Definite shades of isis in here - but with a slightly cleaner sound. I just love songs that slowly build before they punch you in the face.

freudianslipknot
July 13th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my favourite post metal album - I love Isis, but this owns everything they've ever done - even oceanic.



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