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Cult Of Luna

Formed from the remnants of a hardcore band named Eclipse, in the far-northern Swedish town of Umeå (also home to avant-hardcore masters Refused, and metal extremists Meshuggah and Naglfar), Cult of Luna have perfected an elaborate, extremely dark, progressive style of metalcore largely derived from the pioneering work of America's Neurosis. Although hardly the only band to find inspiration in the Bay Area bunch (Isis and Rwake also numbering among their disciples), Cult of Luna are unquestionably among the most accomplished and distinctive in their own right, making an immediate impression upon metal fans with their eponymous 2001 debut through Rage of Achilles, and attaining further noisecore cred via a 7" release on tastemaker Hydra Head Records the following year. Their sophomore effort, The Beyond, solidified their standing a couple of years later and inaugurated a new relationship with Earache for vocalist Klas Rydberg, guitarists Erik Olofsson and Johannes Persson, bassist Andreas Johansson, keyboardist Magnus Lindberg, and drummer Marco Hilden. The last was replaced by Thomas Hedlund the next year, and Cult of Luna expanded to a seven piece with the addition of Anders Teglund (samples) for 2004's Salvation album. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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Cult of Luna will be the death of me.
Found Strong Like Bear , they sound like The Cranberries
Vicarious Redemption: best post-metal track ever? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Perfect blend of aggressive Swedish metalcore and mellow-ish gaze-metal
Very interesting, I like the texture and dark sound, and, surprisingly , the simplicity (being a huge fan of Meshuggah and so forth). I've just fallen in love with this band...I am now a Cultist of Luna! ;)
The remind me of the band Strong Like Bear, good luck finding them.
Another band in the same vein I like is Germany's Omega Massif.
Honestly, I'll take Cult Of Luna over Isis or Neurosis any day. There seems to be (for my taste), much better use of atmosphere and texture. Not to mention I love their guitar sounds and the natural room sounds on the drums. They're so minimal, they give the music room to breathe. The first time I heard them was the song Waiting For You. It gave me the same feeling I got the first time I heard Slint's Spiderland album.
I'm really biased, I tend not to like growler/son of satan/ way heavy dude vocals. My own taste or lack there of.

this band are a great addition to the world of instrumental music.
Great sounds woven into a wonderful tapestry.
fink9000
Explosions In The Sky meets doom metal. Awesome.
what?
tory_skate
this band is good with mushrooms and a side of walk
I am a proud member of the Cult of Luna. /B/ronie pride!
rob_ruiz
these mofo's rock.im hoping they come out with some new ish.a couple of the band members have a side project going...dont like it. hail COL
raab.is.a.ha x o r
and isis is a poor mans neurosis
A poor man's Isis. Not that that's a bad thing to be.
excellent
cult of luna rules! period!
Well they are rather interesting in my opinion . I find them better for mood music of some kind. Something just to set the atmosphere.
I beg to differ. I think this band is Kick A**!! One of my favorites besides Electric Wizard & Battle of Mice
mordarak
Has a bit in common with Neurosis in my opinion... and maybe some of the more atmospheric Crowbar songs.
The only thing I don't like about this band is the vocalist. No variation at all. But the music is so good I tolerate it.
almost as repetitive and uninspiring as lady gaga.
tsbryan0
This coming from the person trying to tell me I don't know about music because I don't like the newest isis albums. And thanks for TELLING me they're intense, but i've heard better/more intense.
The vocals grow on you. They're really intense.
Yeah, the vocalist is a little rough to listen to for long, but the music is really good.
I was under the impression that this was going to be a really good band untill that vocalist opend his mouth .
Wow i've never heard them until now, and there absolutely amazing!
ian412
It keeps getting better and better, but Salvation was an awesome album.
Nice band, they've got a nice dark drone to them.
very nice... this is my first time listening to these guys and i aprove.
Best band in the genre by far. Regardless of who came first. Salvation is perfect...
dvnpete
Thank you CoL for all the great music.
They have moments ... very few
one of the greatest bands to ever walk this earth. songs are truly masterpieces
does not sucketh.
had the chance to see them during their salvation tour. just as good live as they are in studio. definitely not an imitator of isis.
sorry, i don't see ANY of those bands as being "similar artists" to Cult of Luna.
i COULD see Pelican, ISIS, and Callisto...

pandora's groupings are kind of... slapped together... and unintelligib l e .

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