Cult Of Luna - Vertikal | Review

Five years after their last outing, Sweden’s Cult of Luna return this year with their most ambitious and cohesive record yet. Long time fans of the band never had much to complain about, they’re simply incapable of making a bad record, but what is truly amazing is that they continue to top themselves with each new release. “Vertikal” like most of their past efforts is a challenging and heavily-layered album that demands time and attention, it may not be as immediately invigorating as “Eternal Kingdom” or “Somewhere Along the Highway”, but further listens reveal a truly fascinating record that sees the Swedes at the peak of their powers.
Influenced by Fritz Lang's 1927 movie, Metropolis, this new record shows a greater emphasis on electronic and repetitive sounds, creating a colder, darker and more urban atmosphere that superbly reflects the dystopian narrative of the movie it draws inspiration from. Songs like “Synchronicity”, “Mute Departure” and “Vicarious Redemption” along with some Kraftwrek-driven instrumentals truly impart the sense of despondency that is associated with Lang’s futuristic vision of the world.
It might have taken a while to complete, but “Vertikal” is definitely worth the wait, it’s challenging and intriguing and ultimately an amazing album. 

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