Cult Of Luna - Vertikal


8.2 | 205 votes |
Release date: 25 January 2013
Style: Post-metal, Sludge metal

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01. The One
02. I: The Weapon
03. Vicarious Redemption
04. The Sweep
05. Synchronicity
06. Mute Departure
07. Disharmonia
08. In Awe Of
09. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed [limited edition bonus]

Line-up
Anders Teglund - keyboards, samples
Fredrik Kihlberg - guitars, vocals
Johannes Persson - guitars, vocals
Erik Olofsson - guitars
Thomas Hedlund - drums, percussion
Magnus Lindberg - drums
Andreas Johansson - bass

Staff review by
R'Vannith
Rating:
8.5
Rarely does an album place you in the exact environment which its creators would have you experience. Even rarer, in my experience, is when such is achieved within the wide reaching scope of post-metal; albums can be loose in their effort to engage the listener and they tend to be vague in their atmospheric axis points. The lines of latitude are often blurred and while an atmosphere is usually present it can be an altogether indifferent experience as you fail to identify your location. Yet listening to Cult Of Luna's latest release Vertikal you'll likely be more the wiser about your surroundings.

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published 21.01.2013 | Comments (14)

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26.02.2013 - 16:59
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
My first taste of the band, and what a delicious one it is too! I don't normally listen to this type of music but I'm glad I made sure to check out the new CoL album, since I've heard a lot of good things about it recently. The longer songs do take time to amount to truly phenomenal climaxes but it's the atmosphere created by every instrument that really makes this sound worthwhile to listen to. In particular the furious 'I: the weapon' and 'Synchronicity' both amaze me with their consistency and although the few songs that run under 5 minutes don't appear to add to the album in any way, it's unnoticeable when trying to take all this album in one go.
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10.03.2013 - 09:02
Rating: 9
Monolithic
♠♠♠
Written by VforVendetta on 25.02.2013 at 22:59

It was noise. It's so awkward that "Noise" can be recorded and is being released. Why people waste their money on such a kind of stuff. You may buy a broken mincer and stick your ear to it. I bet it has more desirable sound than "Cult of Luna" !!

You're definitely not a fan of what you call "Noise" music.
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18.03.2013 - 17:24
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Yes I may be drinking a lot of the fan-boy koolaid but this album gets better and better with each listen. In Awe Of is the best song they've ever written and is one of my favorite songs EVER! So good...
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rekt
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23.03.2013 - 19:05
Rating: 8
errorcode99
There's a part in vicarious redemption that reminds me of bad dubstep :/ otherwise it's awesome!
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26.03.2013 - 23:01
MechanisT
Account deleted
Great album through and through.
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13.08.2013 - 20:15
Paz
News Man
Vertikal II will be released soon...
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13.08.2013 - 21:16
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Paz on 13.08.2013 at 20:15

Vertikal II will be released soon...

Fuck to the yeah.
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forever bummed out
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13.08.2013 - 22:35
Rating: 9
Metalorgy
Written by Boxcar Willy on 13.08.2013 at 21:16

Written by Paz on 13.08.2013 at 20:15

Vertikal II will be released soon...

Fuck to the yeah.


Vertikal II is an EP, details have just been revealed ... the EP contains 3 new songs recorded during Vertikal I and a remix by Godflesh's Justin K. Broadrick.
http://www.metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=72371&band_id=532&bandname=Cult+Of+Luna
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15.08.2013 - 10:48
Rating: 8
_deepblack
Vicarious redemption \m/
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26.08.2013 - 00:24
Rating: 10
Farukay
Stunning album!
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19.09.2013 - 05:39
Rating: 8
Diverge
I can recognize its merits, especially since I've been listening to this album for months. My current opinion on the matter: it's a very good record, and I love the stylistic elements they have brought to these songs, but unfortunately the execution is a little bit boring to me relative to the other post-metal albums I've heard. Cult of Luna has done better. I rounded up to an 8.
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28.09.2013 - 10:19
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Pretty rad. Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.
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25.11.2013 - 17:55
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Pretty rad. Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

It is and there's nothing that comes near its brilliance from 2013.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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25.11.2013 - 18:05
Paz
News Man
Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx if you ask me
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25.11.2013 - 18:35
Rating: 8
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Paz on 25.11.2013 at 18:05

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx

Is not post metal at all.
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The Fangirl.
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25.11.2013 - 18:52
Paz
News Man
Written by Angel N. on 25.11.2013 at 18:35

Is not post metal at all.

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it
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25.11.2013 - 19:29
Rating: 8
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Written by Paz on 25.11.2013 at 18:52

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it

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The Fangirl.
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25.11.2013 - 20:36
3rdWorld
The Psilosopher
Written by Paz on 25.11.2013 at 18:05

Written by 3rdWorld on 28.09.2013 at 10:19

Mark my words: This WILL remain being the single-most brilliant post-metal album from '13.

'Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx if you ask me

Ok, quite intrigued about that now although I believe this is certainly more impressive since they were inspired by a particular movie and tried to incorporate the same images and evoke it through the music and to succeed with something like that at this level is quite an impressive feat.
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25.11.2013 - 23:27
Rating: 8
Góral
Combo Breaker
Written by Paz on 25.11.2013 at 18:52

...so how would you call it? Pure-fucking-sludge? I say NO. There are post-metal landscapes, deal with it

I think this album ('Void Mother' by Obscure Sphinx) can't be clearly categorized (many reviewers try to do it, like some fucking robots). There are also clearly doom/progressive landscapes, and much more, which may be called in the broad sense atmo - experimental. I agree that the post-metal is a kind of starting point here, but I say NO a categorical "compartmentalization" such a wonderful, versatile album. ( *I propose to continue this topic in 'Void Mother', not in "Vertikal" )
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17.12.2013 - 22:15
MechanisT
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Don't know about "pure-fucking-sludge", but Obscure Sphinx sure isn't Post-Metal to me. Post elements are withdrawn and in the background, accentuating the emphasis on the "clean" sludge ala Ortega.

As for this album; I think it's quickly becoming my favorite of theirs. I can't get enough of the urban mood being conveyed.
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18.12.2013 - 22:02
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Written by Guest on 17.12.2013 at 22:15

As for this album; I think it's quickly becoming my favorite of theirs. I can't get enough of the urban mood being conveyed.


Nothing will ever, EVER surpass SAtH. However, this is second.
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rekt
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18.12.2013 - 22:43
Paz
News Man
Weird, because "Salvation" is by far my fave of theirs Tracks like "Waiting For You" (THAT damn-fucking-heavy-ending) simply define post-metal for me.

Our disagreement as to their best effort just shows how cool/comparable shizzle they released through the years...
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31.12.2013 - 21:37
Fearmeister
Account deleted
I love how the album basically starts with the Blade Runner soundtrack
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17.01.2014 - 22:28
Lit.
Account deleted
Dat urban atmosphere that reminds me of this old racing game I used to play called Powerslide.
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