Sweden’s best export (yeah I said it, judge me, whatever) Cult of Luna will be releasing a DVD compiling some amazing live performances from last year, including a full run through of the album Somewhere Along the Highway, which is my literal favorite album ever. As someone who has been fortunate enough to get a sneak preview, and having seen the band live numerous times, I urge anyone with a remote familiarity to the band to pay attention to this release. It is not only true to their recorded sound, for fans of their records, but it captures their intensity live, which is like few other bands out there. For those not in the know, Cult of Luna can be summarized (poorly) as the more progressive cousin of Neurosis, the more melodic sibling of Isis, with heavy riffs and ethereal melodies aplenty.
New York mathcore outfit Mary Todd have premiered their forthcoming album, Bone Stock, via Toilet ov Hell. The record will officially be released this Thursday, April 20, via their Bandcamp page. Check out these spastic eight tracks after the break, along with their video for the record’s final track, “Lines”.
The term “supergroup” is often met with some apprehension, and it’s easy to see why. It would seem that for every solid collaboration of established musicians, there are always a handful of lackluster projects lurking around the corner; projects whose only claim to fame is their pedigree and are easily forgotten. It’s quite a daunting task to find an Old Man Gloom among a sea of Chickenfoots.
With the case of Crystal Fairy, however, “supergroup” is applicable here. This is not simply because of who is involved, but because the music itself is, well, super.