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Cult Of Luna

Cult of Luna is an atmospheric sludge/post metal band formed in 1998 in Umeå, Sweden by guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson andvocalist Klas Rydberg. After some member hunting and rehearsals CoL had its first line-up consisting of: Klas Rydberg, JohannesPersson, Magnus Lindberg, Erik Olofsson and Fredrik Renstrom. After a short period of time, Fredrik had to leave due to somepersonal difficulties. When practice started to pay off, CoL recorded a two-track demo in January 1999. After some more rehearsals, the band felt that tofully live out their dream of sound experimentation, an add ...read more

Cult of Luna is an atmospheric sludge/post metal band formed in 1998 in Umeå, Sweden by guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson andvocalist Klas Rydberg. After some member hunting and rehearsals CoL had its first line-up consisting of: Klas Rydberg, JohannesPersson, Magnus Lindberg, Erik Olofsson and Fredrik Renstrom. After a short period of time, Fredrik had to leave due to somepersonal difficulties. When practice started to pay off, CoL recorded a two-track demo in January 1999. After some more rehearsals, the band felt that tofully live out their dream of sound experimentation, an additional member was needed to handle the electronics. Since Magnus hadboth knowledge and equipment, he was an obvious choice. Given that Magnus had handled the drums earlier they needed a newdrummer, who they found in the mutual friend Marco Hilden. A new bass player was also found, named Axel Stattin. Another mutualfriend helped CoL release their first record. Tim Bertilsson, head of Trust No One Recordings released a 7" split vinyl with his ownband Switchblade. Watching a concert at the Trastock Festival, year 2000, UK label Rage of Achilles got in contact with CoL. Pretty soon after that it wasagreed that RoA was to release CoL's debut full-length album. The release date was September 14th 2001. In these days Hydra HeadRecords had also shown interest in CoL, and this co-operation resulted in a two-track 7" colored vinyl on HHR, released March 24th2002. These two songs were recorded at the same time as the self titled full-length on RoA. Immediately after the release of the firstalbum, news of the band's mammoth sound worked its way into cult circles and the band received rave reviews. Discerning listenersinstantly appreciated the bands unique approach, trading light and dark to create music that hit the heart and the head in equalmeasures. After the success of the first album, Earache Records contacted CoL and wanted to sign a record deal. After some negotiations CoLfinally signed the contract. Immediately after that CoL entered Tonteknik Recording studios, in July 2002, to record their secondalbum, The Beyond. After the recording session Andreas Johansson joined in on bass, due to the departure of Axel Stattin.The Beyond was released February 10th 2003, to critical acclaim. CoL proved that they were now ready to bring theirsoundscapes to a much wider audience. After the release of The Beyond, CoL toured Sweden with The Haunted and the UK withIsis. After this the line up changed, drummer Marco Hilden was replaced by Thomas Hedlund and an additional keyboard player,Anders Teglund, was added as a permanent fixture. Magnus took care of the percussion and additional guitar parts. At this point touring became a lot more frequent. Late summer 2003 CoL ventured into Europe with US hardcore sensations Poisonthe Well, to amazing press reactions. In December the same year CoL returned to the UK for a tour with art noise merchants TheDillinger Escape Plan. The early part of 2004 was mostly dedicated to writing songs for their follow up to The Beyond. Theyfound the time to play a few long awaited shows in Sweden and Finland, before entering Tonteknik Recording studios once again inApril 2004. The recording of Salvation was done in three different sessions, thus enabling the band to take some rest and think aboutpossible changes that needed to be done. Finally, in late July 2004 the album was complete. Salvation was released October 4th2004 in Europe and Oct 19th in the US. This album marked a new era in the history of CoL, both visually and sonically. At the sametime as Salvation was hitting the stores, CoL embarked on a Europe/UK headline tour, which also included Scandinavian dates.This tour introduced a new member, Fredrik Kihlberg, who joined in on percussion and clean vocals. 2005 was perhaps the most interesting year so far in the history of CoL. It started with a six week European tour, partly withAmerican hardcore act Bleeding Through and partly by their own. This tour also saw a change in the live line-up. As Thomas couldn'tparticipate due to being busy playing with other bands, Magnus took over the live drumming. When the band came home they hadthe time to rest for about a month before departing to the US for the first tour over there. CoL supported the mighty Mastodon onthe first leg of the tour, and headlined eight shows (supported by Breather Resist) on the latter part. The reception of the Americanaudience was stunningly good for a first ever tour in the US. After the US-tour CoL did some Scandinavian and European festivalshows before starting to work on their 4th full-length album, Somewhere Along The Highway. In November 2005 CoL began the recording of Somewhere Along The Highway. The first session was located to an old octagonbarn ten minutes west of Umea. The vibe out there was perfect and seven days were spent there recording basic tracks. After somemore sessions in the studio environment, Magnus mixed the last song in January 2006. Somewhere Along The Highway wasreleased April 24th 2006 on Earache Records, followed by a European/UK headline tour. « hide

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LPs
Vertikal
01/29/2013

4
702 Votes
Eternal Kingdom
2008

4
638 Votes
Somewhere Along the Highway
2006

4.3
958 Votes
Salvation
2004

4.2
914 Votes
The Beyond
2003

4
477 Votes
Cult of Luna
2001

3.8
316 Votes
EPs
Vertikal II
09/17/2013

3.6
130 Votes
Cult of Luna (EP)
2002

3.1
28 Votes
Live Albums
Years in a Day
2017

4.3
26 Votes
Live at the Scala
2010

4.4
17 Votes
Fire Was Born
2009

4.3
46 Votes
Compilations
Eternal Music
2014

3.5
3 Votes

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