Cult of Luna
Vertikal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
January 24th, 2013 | 513 replies


Release Date: 01/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cult Of Luna add to an already extensive catalogue in a convincingly consistent fashion with a trick or two up their collective sleeves.

Cult Of Luna’s sixth outing comes with little in the way of surprises but manages to triumph in its consistent approach to an already established sound in today’s music industry. Since the bands inception in 1998 there has been an array of line-up changes, shifting the band’s sound to focus on pushing everyday soundscapes and traditional workings of a post-rock/metal group into something more without displaying a contrived sense when writing music. Now down the track a fair bit and Cult Of Luna display much of the ingenuity shown matured and more consistent than ever on their sixth outing Vertikal. But where Cult Of Luna step up they are regressing on a different level. The music, for the most part is instantly recognizable but at the same time Cult Of Luna allow the music to come across fresh, without repeating themselves too much.

First things listeners’ will notice is that the sound is unmistakably Cult Of Luna. Vertikal dabbles in every facet shown in previous records and while not completely new or innovative by any means but here under the flag of Vertikal, Cult Of Luna have indeed shaken things up. For as many similarities there are to be found when comparing this particular record to anything the band has produced in the last fifteen years, there are others; not always clear – but there all the same making this release a step above the last few releases of this established young talent ensuring that these guys can prevent themselves from falling into, too much of a rut. This nine track display idolizes distinct levels of contrast drawing the listener in. Take the longest track for example ‘Vicarious Redemption’ at a moderate eighteen minutes and fifty-one seconds uses a majority of minimalistic passages almost void of actual instrumentation, throw in a couple of electronic wobbling and ambient effects and this track alone becomes an exhausting, almost suffocating listen. This is before some simplistic down tuned riffs proceeded to be the headliner for the ever unchanging vocal talent of Klas Rydberg. This mid-tempo track is an excellent example of what the band has to offer. Although minimalistic in nature and not without a few bumps here and there ‘Vicarious Redemption’ has a bit of everything metal, rock, electronic and post alike.

It seems come 2013, Cult Of Luna are steadying up the routine, but not without creating an interesting listen. The bands itself has nowhere near run its course over the last fifteen years and with Vertikal are only building steam. Despite being based conceptually in the records design, the appearance of any contextual grandeurs adds little to the albums overall reception. Whether the listener can take something away that connects at a primal level the story-line remains rather hear-say. It’s there but for the most part there is no need to care for it. Overall, Vertikal makes as much from the listeners as the listeners make from the album. Coming in at just over an hour this display of creative talent crossed with a willingness to keep pushing (even if you’re not sure what you’re pushing for) makes for an enjoyable but far from mind-blowing listen. Using a combination of synths, screamed vocals and minimalistic soundscapes does not make for a stellar listen; rather the albums grabs, and then let’s go of the listener like a dog chasing a car – it might catch up but then what happens. Vertikal holds as much interest as the previous records without conforming to the bands own rule book. For an album that can occasionally be a chore to get through the highlights do make up for it. If you’re a fan of their last few records this is something to check out and for those who are a little nonplussed about Cult Of Luna’s catalogue there’s a fair chance that this release isn’t going to change any minds.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013


7095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been listening to this for what seems like weeks, enjoy.

zxlkho
January 24th 2013


3465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this finally out now? Really really great album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013


7095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it's funny that it's got in excess of 100 ratings before the actual release date.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013


22004 Comments


now to wait for the d word to be dropped

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wacknizzle
January 24th 2013


13462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos'd. After reading this I feel pretty set that this is a 4 for me too.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013


22004 Comments


I listened to this once and it seemed ok

ThisIsARaid
January 24th 2013


54 Comments


2013 will be a goddamn fantastic metal year. Great review, Ipoddude. Listening to it right now actually goodgoodgood.

demigod!
January 24th 2013


44713 Comments


doesnt come out til tomorrow but staff will probably let it slide

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MO
January 24th 2013


18854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Lots of random s's thrown around

nice review man

wacknizzle
January 24th 2013


13462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hopefully, I having a feeling this is gonna get featured.

MO
January 24th 2013


18854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its streaming demigod, by them not to mention

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2013


7095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

now to wait for the d word to be dropped

I tried to avoid it, apart from like two and a half seconds it's not that kind of album.

doesnt come out til tomorrow but staff will probably let it slide

Timezones my friend. I seem to be on the right side of the world for new releases. Lets me get the jump on everybody but staffers and Jake C Taylor lol



sixdegrees
January 24th 2013


17190 Comments


I like this a lot. gj on the review

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Gwyn.
January 24th 2013


15160 Comments


Finally a review for this.

Sweet album, great starting point looking to get into Post-Metal.

Strider
January 24th 2013


4598 Comments


Need to finish this, but it's pretty much a 4-4.3, something like that for the moment. But it's my
first Cult of Luna album, so I can't compare it to their other work

Ignimbrite
January 24th 2013


5378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I am so happy that the first review for this isn't a total bitchfest. great work here, bro. i might be being a *bit* fanboyish here, but the only CoL album I enjoy more than this is SatH.

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cagedescending
January 24th 2013


4124 Comments


good review

album makes my member go vertikal

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2013


6154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Timezones my friend. I seem to be on the right side of the world for new releases. Lets me get the jump on everybody but staffers and Jake C Taylor lol


Can't the rest of us just pretendddd?

Amebix
January 24th 2013


240 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Along with the new "The Black Heart Rebellion" already contender for album of the year

good review btw

CaptainDooRight
January 24th 2013


29877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

swee rev, posd

I've still only heard like 3 songs off this

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