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Welcome to the final segment of Sputnikmusic’s Album of the Month – the September 2019 edition. For anyone that missed out and didn’t participate in this thing, every month I’ll be dropping a list where you vote on what you consider to be the best album from that said month. After the votes are in and we have our winner, I’ll be reaching out to the voters to see if they want to give a small blurb on why it’s the month’s best LP. September’s vote was a little late to the party, but going forward I’ll be doing these lists in the first week of every month (typically a Wednesday or Thursday), so keep your eyes peeled and your votes ready!

Getting to the topic at hand here, as voted by you, September’s vote was in almost universal agreement. Cult of Luna’s seventh album, A Dawn to Fear, has been praised and regarded as not only September’s strongest release, but a serious contender for 2019’s Album of the Year. Only time will tell… With that, I’ll pass you over to Robert Garland (Nocte), where he’ll dish out his words of wisdom on why it crushed the competition.



SEPTEMBER 2019 AOTM: Cult of Luna – A Dawn to Fear


A Dawn To Fear isn’t an album full of comforts, relying on a core of pragmatic, yet highly transferable theology. There’s a complexity that’s both thoughtful and profound that builds slowly and rewards its climatic high points. “The Fall” builds off the momentum created in “The Silent Man” and crescendos within “Inland Rain” with enough twists to maintain interest and overall replay value. With the band’s 2019 piece, Cult Of Luna expand on their Vertikal soundscape and rescale the majesty of Mariner into another career defining release that compliments and stands independent of the music that came before it”. – Robert Garland

Thanks to everyone who participated in this, and be on the lookout for October’s edition in a couple of weeks.


thanks again to everyone who voted. if nothing else, i look forward to seeing how these monthly pieces will differ to the end-of-year lists.

Very nice, though maybe a shame that September had quite such a runaway winner - I'm thinking maybe October won't

Demon of the Fall
Yeah worst month to start in some ways, ha. Great idea though, long may it continue. Thanks guys! AOTD contender for me, screw ‘AOTM’.

This looks better on the blog. Kind of makes you wonder why we haven't had this running for years though.

Note sure I understand the use of the word "theology" in the blurb but cool to see this on the blog.

Very nice features bois !

I still have to listen to this album.

How heavy is that rock you're living under?

Pretty sure October won't be as one-sided. Nice write-up, Nocte!

Yeah October is pretty stuffed and varied. Great blurb, Noct, and even if I voted for Chelsea Wolfe, this is the clear winner.

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