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SOMEWHERE ALONG THE HIGHWAY

Cult of Luna

 

Experimental/Post Metal

4.12 | 120 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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4 stars There is always something alluring about dark, experimental metal. The promise of epic soundscapes, the promise of a cathartic release of stress, and the hope of finding a masterpiece. Cult of Luna's 2006 album, Somewhere Along the Highway is one of those albums that promises so very much, and almost delivers. Almost.

One could argue that the Post Metal 'genre' has effectively been mastered by the Neurisican bands that form the backbone of the stylistic movement. Somewhere Along the Highway takes the abrasive vocals and riffing of Isis, combines it with the soaring textures of Pelican and adds a certain almost oriental ornamentalism in creating a claustrophobic and dark cloud of noise. Tracks like 'Finland', 'Dim' and 'Dark City, Dead Man' are truly cornerstone movements that deserve to be considered as epic tracks in their own right. The build up to the eventual climax of each track is not necessarily bound by standard slow-rising tempo-rising volume-climax structures, and this greatly enhances the appeal of the album beyond now stale post-whatever structures. Instrumentally, I consider this release to be rather murky, it doesn't at all sound clean, but is full of sludge-like riffs, crisp drumming and near incomprehensible vocals. Now I enjoy a good growl within reason, and while the vocal style suits this release, they are very abrasive and purposefully obscure any lyrical development. This annoys me somewhat, given that no lyric sheets were included with the album. This is a double-edged sword, given that the added mystery perpetuates a deeper sense of melancholy, but also makes the album much harder to engage with than your run-of-the-mill experimental metal album.

For those wishing to challenge yourselves, Somewhere Along the Highway is an album that requires your full attention to enjoy. The atmosphere and density of the album is a lot to take in, and while the music is typically - or atypically dark, it is not depressing in any sense. To truly feel this album's power, you must first surrender to the darkness, and let it become a claustrophobic listening experience.

Any Colour You Like | 4/5 |

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