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.
So apparently we’re doing this thing where we talk about 5 albums that came out from 2000-2010 that had a huge influence on us. Here’s what shaped me into a bitter old man with disdain for pretty much everything.
As with every other music blog or publication, we at Svbterranean are obligated to give you our silly opinions on what were the top albums of the year. I could list every single release I enjoyed this year, but I am limited on patience and writing ability. So, I was able to narrow it down to a modest 30. These are records that, not limited to just metal and hardcore either, that stuck with me long after the initial listen. Feel free to peruse the list below and tell me how my opinion is bullshit, because I will probably agree with you.
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas recently premiered the official video for their track, “Chevron”, at Decibel. Taken from their critically-heralded collaborative album Mariner, the nine-minute track is set to an array of kaleidoscopic visuals put together by director Javier Longobardo. Check out the clip after the break.
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas will be playing a short series of shows in November, in which they will be performing their album from start to finish. Those dates can be found below as well.
The highly-anticipated collaborative album between post-metal giants Cult of Luna and esteemed vocalist Julie Christmas, Mariner, can now be streamed in full at Noisey. The album will officially be released this Friday, April 8, and can be purchased here. The combination between Cult of Luna‘s emotive and exploratory metal stylings, and Christmas‘ enthralling and eclectic vocal style, is a match made in post-metal heaven. Check out the album in full after the break.
[Photo by Pär Olofsson]
Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas have premiered a new track from their upcoming collaborative record, Mariner, at Stereogum. The new track is the leviathanic “The Wreck of S.S. Needle”, which features over nine minutes of post-metal glory. The track starts off slow with ominous soundscapes and Christmas‘ recognizable crooning. After about a minute the song explodes into thunderous melancholic sludge as Christmas shreds her vocal chords to bits. The song is similar to Christmas‘ short-lived Battle of Mice project, but arguably more vicious. Check out the towering track after the break.
Mariner will be released on April 15 via Indie Recordings.
Let’s just get this out of the way now; Cult of Luna are, and have been for the past…a bunch of years, my absolute favorite band. This isn’t hyperbole. I have their lyrics tattooed on me, I have spent a ridiculous amount of money obtaining original pressings of their albums (mostly right before they get repressed because I have awful luck, but that’s neither here nor there…), and I have seen every American show that they’ve played, travelling states away to do so. My wife is due to give birth to a baby girl this weekend, and her middle name will be Luna. HAVE I PROVED MY FANBOYISM YET?
Swedish post-metal titans Cult of Luna and Ex-Made Out of Babies vocalist Julie Christmas have premiered a new track from their upcoming collaborative album, Mariner, which is due out on April 8. Titled “A Greater Call”, the eight minute track begins with ethereal melodies and soundscapes, which eventually bleed into transcendental post-metal death marches. The band commented on the new tune:
“A Greater Call is the link between the city and the void above.
Imagine walking up to your vessel and how the excitement grabs hold of you. The feeling of uncertainty.
Are you even going to be able to push through the atmosphere in one piece?
A last breathe before blast off and then we leave.
The song is about how humanity is cutting its losses and leave a dying planet. Its only hope lies above.
Although it might not be representative of the album as a whole and Julie’s involvement.
It is where the journey starts.”
Check out the track after the break.
Swedish post-metal outfit Cult of Luna have announced that they and ex-Made Out of Babies/Battle of Mice vocalist, Spylacopa contributor Julie Christmas will release a new collaborative album this year. The record will be titled Mariner and will be released on April 8. No other information has been released thus far, but the band have uploaded a short teaser which can be viewed after the break.
Pre-orders for the record are slated to start on February 11.