Cult Of Luna
Prior to the release of Cult Of Luna's sixth album, the group issued the following press release.
"'Vertikal' marks a much-anticipated return for Cult Of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang's classic expressionist science-fiction film 'Metropolis'."
'Metropolis' is a 1927 silent film made in Germany during the Weimar Period. It is set in a futuristic urban dystopia where the plot revolves around oppressed workers in a classist society. Just the sort of topic the Swedish post-Metal band would tackle.
Cult Of Luna formed in '98 and released their self-titled, full-length, Doom Metal debut three years later. Their sophomore set, "The Beyond" dropped in '03.
Backing off on the aggression, '04's "Salvation" earned critical praise and new fans. Dispensing with "Salvation's" overarching spiritual themes, "Somewhere Along The Highway," an '06 release, dealt with personal issues.
"Somewhere Along The Highway," like its predecessors, failed to land on the Billboard Album Chart. This is easy to understand since Cult Of Luna studiously avoided the standard verse-chorus-verse song structure.
Cult Of Luna's fifth album, "Eternal Kingdom" dropped before the live "Fire Was Born" DVD. Also in '09, the group unfurled Eviga Riket, a hardback book/audiobook covering the story and themes from "Eternal Kingdom."
Following an extended recording hiatus, Cult Of Luna returned with "Vertikal." The set was supported by a European tour.
2000 Split With Switchblade (7")
2001 Cult Of Luna
2002 Cult Of Luna (EP)
2003 The Beyond
2006 Somewhere Along The Highway
2008 Eternal Kingdom
2009 Fire Was Born DVD