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SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY

Cult of Luna

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.12 | 120 ratings

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Bonnek
Special Collaborator
Prog Metal Team
4 stars Finally! They got it nailed!

This album is highly regarded amongst post-rock/post-metal lovers and has generally received raving press reviews. And for the first time in COL's career I will join the enthused clapping. While COL is still highly indebted to Isis and Neurosis, SATH is certainly not dwarfed by the music of their heroes, but can stand proudly next to it.

My change in appreciation doesn't come from a change in COL's approach, but it's simply due to the flash of inspiration that has caught them here. Every second sounds tight, tense and focused. The riffs are spiralling round your head like charmed snakes and the quiet parts overwhelm you with atmosphere. The pieces aren't melodic in any traditional sense but there's more attention to harmony then on earlier albums. The quiet song And With Her Came The Birds is a good example.

Even the vocalist is in fine shape. His one-trick hard-core vocals rarely used to charm me, but as it goes with that type of vocals, if they are driven forward by an inspired and crushingly powerful wall of sound, they do the work. There are some subdued soft vocals as well. Not outstanding but effective where applied.

The album is varied enough and not too long, though with 65 minutes I tend to either skip Thirtyfour or to stop after the album highlight Dim. An excellent album and sure amongst the best in its scene.

Bonnek | 4/5 |

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