Cult Of Luna – Vertikal (10 Year Anniversary Limited Boxset) (4LP) (31.05.2024)


Cult Of Luna – Vertikal (10 Year Anniversary Limited Boxset) (4LP) (31.05.2024)

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10 year anniversary boxset edition of Cult of Luna’s take on Fritz Lang’s Metropolis film, the 2-parts concept album Vertikal, I and II.

„Somewhere Along The Highway“ and „Eternal Kingdom“ were inspired by the landscape of Västerbotten, the county we are from. We realised that there was only one way to go for us: to the city, into the future. Making a droney John Carpenter-esque album would be too easy and we’ve never been about taking the simple route. I was studying film at the time and had been floored by the aesthetic of German expressionism. This resonated perfectly with Erik Olofsson, who had just got into Italian futurism. This was a real challenge.

We put in a lot of effort to realize our vision of the stale, artificial city in all aspects of what an album is. The way we played guitar (only down strokes), the production, artwork and band photos, everything was done with the vision as a guide. „Vertikal“ is the album where we had the most precise vision of what we wanted to do and worked hardest to transform it from an idea into reality.

A lot of things happened during the years between „Eternal Kingdom“ and „Vertikal“ and I could continue writing for ages but this will do for now. Ten years have passed since its release and what felt like a rebirth of the band, the band that is still ongoing with new goals and missions. This box that we are very proud of consists of everything we recorded during the „Vertikal“ session including the two demo tracks.

It’s a full circle kind of thing. At the time we had no label and now we are releasing it on our very own. Life is strange.

Johannes Persson – Umeå December 2022

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