Review: Cult of Luna – Vertikal

Rated:

4/5

Inspired by the classic Fritz Lang film Metropolis, the Swedish octet’s sixth album draws on a surprising range of influences—early synthpop, ’60s prog, classic krautrock—to find the right palette of instrumental colors for these brooding soundscapes. They take their time with them, too, teasing out the melodic power of each idea through steady, restrained repetition. This is music at a slow simmer, not a fast boil, and as such, takes time and patience to absorb. But the passion and intensity is undeniable, and those listeners willing to adjust their focus will find new depths with each playback. J.D. CONSIDINE

Check out “I, The Weapon” off Vertikal below: