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2012
The recording process is longer and more scattered than before. Gets together eventually for a longer finnishing session in Umeå, Tonteknik Recording.

2011
Intense writing sessions, recording demos. The foundations of the first tracks are recorded and an album is slowly taking form.

2010
Releases EVIGA RIKET on the very own label C.O.L. PRESS. Accompanied by a ... Read more in Amazon's Cult of Luna Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Indie Recordings
  • ASIN: B00AANGIOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed

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Deluxe edition of Europes premier heavy collective's 2013 album. Incl bonus track "The Flow Reversed".

BBC Review

Cult of Luna’s previous album, Eternal Kingdom, was released way back in the summer of 2008. But despite a near-five-year gap between LPs, the Swedish post-metal outfit has lost none of its power.

While Eternal Kingdom was inspired by recording in a disused mental hospital, Vertikal is an altogether more calculated beast. With a concept loosely based upon Fritz Lang's dystopian science fiction film, Metropolis, it sounds as stark and uncomfortable as you might expect.

The One opens proceedings with two minutes of a sparse, spacey superhero theme tune-style sound; but the calm is harshly interrupted by the nine exceptional minutes of I: The Weapon. Almost certainly one of the finest songs in the band's catalogue, it features furious hardcore roars melded with tantalising keyboards and a sensational atmosphere.

The track ascends into a tumultuous cascade before petering out into the 19-minute extravaganza that is Vicarious Redemption. The longest song they have ever released, it tells its own story. Progressing through long passages of near-silence before exploding into potent discharges of anger, it showcases every side of this wonderful band.

If you need to understand ugliness for beauty to truly shine, then Cult of Luna have both on display here, right next to one another, time and time again. The three minutes of odd instrumentation in The Sweep will evoke memories of 20th century science fiction, and the curious piano-led 45 seconds of Disharmonia is sandwiched between the boisterous Mute Departure and the slow-burning barbs of In Awe Of, highlighting the expert aural dynamics that this band has mastered.

While the band is still active, and Johannes Persson and Fredrik Kihlberg also work together in Khoma, every Cult of Luna release and tour must be savoured, as this is a so far ahead of its peers. They have tested their boundaries, and they will test yours. That the Swedes are still succeeding like this on their sixth album is testament to both their quality and vision.

The end-of-year lists for 2012 are barely gone from recent memory, but you can expect to read about Vertikal again in 11 months’ time.

--Raziq Rauf

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Schpleeb on 6 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
So, 5 years have elapsed since Cult of Luna were writing and recording Eternal Kingdom, and now they have returned to the studio to dish out another 60 or so minutes of cathartic goodness.

'Vertikal' manages to carve out a new direction for the band in style and production, and yet retain their unmistakable brand of crushing post-metal, and it all comes off as effortless and natural as usual. The dystopian imagery and art that they have surrounded themselves with and cited as inspiration for the album is apparent after just a few seconds of intro 'The One', which brings to mind the brilliantly ominous intro 'Inside Fort Meade' from 2003's 'The Beyond'. [A decade ago already? I know.]

Dark synths then give way to a brutal and familiar wall of distortion and anger, which we have come to know and love down the years. 'I: The Weapon' is one of the strongest and instantly catchy tracks on the album, a true headbanger. We then again explore slightly new territory in sprawling 19 minute opus 'Vicarious Redemption', which does not outstay its welcome nor sound forced. If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, I can imagine him enjoying the suspense here! Arguably the focal centrepoint of the record and also perhaps one of the finest songs they have ever written. A voyage.

There is time to catch your breath during interlude 'The Sweep', which comes and goes without offering much other than cementing the dark cold and sci-fi atmosphere. The sound of repetition and fear continues through the track 'Synchronicity', which carries a quite brilliant riff for seven minutes through subtle variations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grumpyrocker on 29 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Is it post-rock or is it heavy metal? When is a carrot not a carrot? Is the new Cult of Luna album any good. Grumpyrocker Editor Harry answers at least one of these questions. Hopefully not just the one about the carrot.

It’s not really metal, I’ve seen written. It features many of the tropes of metal, but it isn’t metal. But if Cult of Luna’s epic – yes epic – new album Vertikal is not metal then Black Sabbath isn’t metal, and that means there never has been any metal. Suddenly the carrot isn’t a carrot and nothing makes sense.

Sorry. I have a banging headache. Coherence isn’t my strong point this morning. Can we start again? Wait a moment while I find some paracetamol.

Taking direct inspiration from sequences within Fritz Lang’s silent masterpiece Metropolis, Cult of Luna’s Vertikal offers the sprawling, beautiful, haunting soundscape of a dystopian future.

Not that you have to be familiar with Lang’s film to fully appreciate Cult of Luna’s achievement here. The brooding science fiction soundtrack – from moments so minimalistic that we have barely a sound to others of crushing doom riffing and screamed vocals – is an emotional journey of itself.

The synth work often recalls Vangelis’ wonderful Blade Runner soundtrack. But it’s the rhythm section that takes things to the next level. The importance of bass guitar in post-rock/metal can’t be underestimated and the low end rumble’s integration with the percussion gives Vertikal its momentum, preventing the the slower sequences from stopping any progress.

Joined by powerful guitar riffage and those very metal vocals we have an album that at times is quietly beautiful if unsettling and in parts throbbing with classic metal guitar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emperor on 4 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
It took some time in coming, but worth every second of waiting. If you are already a convert, fear not and purchase as you will not be disappointed. If you have yet to explore the sounds made by these great musicians, this is as good a place as any to start and I can assure you the back catalogue will soon follow this into your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Goudie on 2 Mar. 2013
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Best listened to in one sitting, Cult of Luna have returned with yet more goosebump inducing music.
I thought it would be hard for them to top their last but they have achieved that and then some.
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