Cult Of Luna - A Dawn To Fear



8.6 | 247 votes |
Release date: 20 September 2019
Style: Post-metal, Sludge metal

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01. The Silent Man
02. Lay Your Head To Rest
03. A Dawn To Fear
04. Nightwalkers
05. Lights On The Hill
06. We Feel The End
07. Inland Rain
08. The Fall

The Best Post-Metal Album Of 2019
Top 20 albums of 2019: 2

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
9.3
With the demise of Isis at the end of the noughties, Cult Of Luna have arguably been the dominant force in post-metal this decade, having already dropped two monumental efforts. Vertikal and Mariner have set a high standard to live up to; thankfully, A Dawn To Fear has no issues matching up to its predecessors.

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published 21.09.2019 | Comments (7)

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01.08.2019 - 10:28
Rating: 9
musclassia
79 minutes? Honestly, given the paucity of outstanding releases in 2019 so far, if this isn't album of the year it'll be disappointment of the year for me, my expectations are unfairly high
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01.08.2019 - 14:43
Rating: 8
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 10:28

79 minutes? Honestly, given the paucity of outstanding releases in 2019 so far, if this isn't album of the year it'll be disappointment of the year for me, my expectations are unfairly high


Second best. Esoteric are gonna take over.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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01.08.2019 - 14:49
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.08.2019 at 14:43

Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 10:28

79 minutes? Honestly, given the paucity of outstanding releases in 2019 so far, if this isn't album of the year it'll be disappointment of the year for me, my expectations are unfairly high


Second best. Esoteric are gonna take over.


Ah shit, a new one from them? Taken long enough! Are there concrete details yet or have they just said they're putting something out. Hadn't listened to them in like 5-6 years, but revisited PoD and TMV after seeing them in December, forgot how great a track Circle is
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01.08.2019 - 15:22
Rating: 8
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 14:49

Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.08.2019 at 14:43

Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 10:28

79 minutes? Honestly, given the paucity of outstanding releases in 2019 so far, if this isn't album of the year it'll be disappointment of the year for me, my expectations are unfairly high


Second best. Esoteric are gonna take over.


Ah shit, a new one from them? Taken long enough! Are there concrete details yet or have they just said they're putting something out. Hadn't listened to them in like 5-6 years, but revisited PoD and TMV after seeing them in December, forgot how great a track Circle is


BOOM
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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01.08.2019 - 15:51
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.08.2019 at 15:22

Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 14:49

Ah shit, a new one from them? Taken long enough! Are there concrete details yet or have they just said they're putting something out. Hadn't listened to them in like 5-6 years, but revisited PoD and TMV after seeing them in December, forgot how great a track Circle is


BOOM


27-minute opener? Crikey
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20.09.2019 - 04:10
Rating: 9
Netzach
Planewalker
By dropping the concept and just focusing on making a bunch of great songs, Cult of Luna have finally released an album that holds up all the way through. It is long, very long in fact, but not a second is wasted. Well, maybe a few seconds here and there. Maybe a minute or so, on "Lights On The Hill". But really, this is 80 minutes of the best music CoL have ever released. Very likely AOTY, a few months left...
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20.09.2019 - 12:23
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by musclassia on 01.08.2019 at 10:28

79 minutes? Honestly, given the paucity of outstanding releases in 2019 so far, if this isn't album of the year it'll be disappointment of the year for me, my expectations are unfairly high


This is probably going to be my album of the year

Damn, Lights on The Hill and The Fall are brilliant.
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20.09.2019 - 13:51
Rating: 8
tiny dog ghosts
It's good, pals
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20.09.2019 - 19:01
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Lights on the Hill is unbelievable.
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20.09.2019 - 19:24
Rating: 7
Fabiano
I like this post-metal thing, there are some highlights ("Lights on the Hill"), but it feels to me that Numenorean did a better job this year. It will need more spin maybe.
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20.09.2019 - 20:15
Zap
Phlegmish
I decided to listen to this on a whim. It's pretty good. I never really got into the band. The three or four albums I listened to were all decent to solid stuff but --like most post metal-- they failed to really grab me. I did see them live at Roadburn where they played one of their albums in full (don't ask me which one) and that was --like most post metal-- infinitely better than any of their studio material.

That said, I think this album did a relatively good job at keeping my attention compared to the other ones I've heard, which is ironic considering I don't believe the other ones were this long.
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And the tears that we will weep today
Will all be washed away
By the tears that we will weep again tomorrow
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22.09.2019 - 09:50
Rating: 9
Two complete listens so far, this is excellent. my favorite is probably "nightwalkers". 80 minutes of cult of luna felt much shorter than 40 minutes of many bands. great stuff
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23.09.2019 - 23:12
Mercurial
Nigntwalkers is a fucking ridiculously good tune. Pretty much pure doom for much of it.
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30.11.2019 - 14:40
Rating: 9
musclassia
Unsurprisingly, the songs from this album sound awesome live - they played Silent Man, Nightwalkers, Lights on the Hill and The Fall last night, and Nightwalkers and The Fall in particular sounded amazing
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04.12.2019 - 23:41
Rating: 10
koob
Written by musclassia on 30.11.2019 at 14:40

Unsurprisingly, the songs from this album sound awesome live - they played Silent Man, Nightwalkers, Lights on the Hill and The Fall last night, and Nightwalkers and The Fall in particular sounded amazing

Indeed, I saw them in Paris last week-end, it was mind blowing... made me love this album even more
I think they should even play one of the slower track from this album, A Dawn To Fear would be sick
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05.12.2019 - 00:10
Mercurial
I was a bit disappointed by the London show, but that might be my fault for not trying to get a bit closer, it was proper packed though. Just sounded a bit too too quiet and muddy from where I was. Girlfriend thought it sounded good though and she's as fussy as I am, so might have just been my expectations after the Arctangent show. Great setlist though, but Mayhem sounded better at that venue I thought a couple of weeks ago.
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05.12.2019 - 10:59
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by Mercurial on 05.12.2019 at 00:10

I was a bit disappointed by the London show, but that might be my fault for not trying to get a bit closer, it was proper packed though. Just sounded a bit too too quiet and muddy from where I was. Girlfriend thought it sounded good though and she's as fussy as I am, so might have just been my expectations after the Arctangent show. Great setlist though, but Mayhem sounded better at that venue I thought a couple of weeks ago.


I was pretty close to the stage - there were a couple of points (think it was worst in the first song) where the guitars sounded a bit muddy, but then I didn't notice it much after that. I know Finland and Nightwalkers were the songs that most impressed me and they were pretty early on in the setlist. I am a huge fan of their live shows so may be more forgiving than most of sound issues though.
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05.12.2019 - 12:10
Mercurial
Written by musclassia on 05.12.2019 at 10:59


I was pretty close to the stage - there were a couple of points (think it was worst in the first song) where the guitars sounded a bit muddy, but then I didn't notice it much after that. I know Finland and Nightwalkers were the songs that most impressed me and they were pretty early on in the setlist. I am a huge fan of their live shows so may be more forgiving than most of sound issues though.

I thought Finland sounded better sound wise, so I figured they hadn't quite refined the sound on the newer tracks quite yet, but I was pretty happy they played Nigntwalkers anyway.
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24.01.2020 - 04:47
Rating: 9
tintinb
I could not like Mariner. I don't know why. It's the only other Cult of Luna album I had heard. Until this one. This is such a good album to my ears. Perfectly melodic, sludgy and atmospheric. It contains full of guitar riffs that are instantly likeable. Songs that end up in a crescendo and then falls like a waterfall. And the magnum opus of this album, "Lights on the Hill".
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24.01.2020 - 04:51
Rating: 9
tintinb
Nightwalkers is also bloody brilliant.
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08.02.2020 - 07:55
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Quality album for sure. Love it.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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08.02.2020 - 09:54
Rating: 9
Stormm
This album is example for Tool that you can do good long album without annoying useless interludes.
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20.02.2020 - 13:55
The Melting Snow
Ok, so started listening to the album after the comments here. 4 minutes into Lights on the Hill and nothing has happened yet.
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20.02.2020 - 14:20
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by The Melting Snow on 20.02.2020 at 13:55

Ok, so started listening to the album after the comments here. 4 minutes into Lights on the Hill and nothing has happened yet.

Is this your first time listening to post-metal?
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




2020 goodies
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20.02.2020 - 15:33
The Melting Snow
Nope. first time trying giving a serious try to Cult of Luna though.
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20.02.2020 - 21:40
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by RaduP on 20.02.2020 at 14:20

Written by The Melting Snow on 20.02.2020 at 13:55

Ok, so started listening to the album after the comments here. 4 minutes into Lights on the Hill and nothing has happened yet.

Is this your first time listening to post-metal?


I will barely take him serious after he ends the 1st sentence.
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