After nearly 25 years, Cult of Luna’s absolutely crushing wall of sound delivery is unmistakable. It has grown over the years, becoming more intricate and complex, however the sheer power behind it remains unwavering.
They’ve been tagged with many labels – doom metal, sludge metal, prog metal – but the genre most applied to them, and the one they’re considered one of the architects of, is post metal. But the simplest way to describe Cult of Luna’s sound is intense, confronting, and yet (especially in later years) undeniably melodic and even beautiful.
When I was younger, the first time I heard Cult of Luna I thought it was the heaviest thing I’d ever heard. Much too heavy for me. It was almost suffocating in its crushing heaviness. Now, though, I find something oddly comforting in that heaviness. It’s like a warm hug with really fucking heavy guitars.
Cult of Luna are an unstoppable force of thunderous guitars and roared vocals. As they prepare to release their eighth full length album, they’ve continued to push forward with their formidable sound.
They have also produced thrilling new takes on that sound, for example by collaborating with singer Julie Christmas. But that’s a story for tomorrow…