It seems that every week there is a band somewhere playing an album in full. For example at this year’s Bloodstock there are three bands playing albums in full (Behemoth will be playing The Satanist, Fear Factory are playing Demanfracture and Satyricon are performing Nemesis Divina). But when Cult of Luna announced they were performing Somewhere Along The Highway in full it just felt right. Even though Cult of Luna are a very forward-looking band, tonight didn’t seem like a cash grab or nostalgia for the sake of nostalgia, it just felt right.
Before Cult of Luna were to take to the stage, it was time for Moloken to grace the audience. The venue may not have been packed for when the Swedes walked on stage, but they put on a jaw dropping opening performance. This was the band’s first UK tour and guitarist Kristoffer Bäckström admitted to me in an interview after that they “had only heard negative stuff about touring the UK but our experience was really great in every way.” The audience were very receptive to Moloken’s post-metal assault and banged their heads appropriately. Their music flowed so well and set closer ‘The Titan Above Us’ was sublime. Straight after their set I messaged a few friends on Facebook telling them what I had witnessed, this band deserves to come back soon!
Bossk first toured with Cult of Luna when Somewhere Along The Highway came out. So it only seemed fitting they’d be invited back and the audience were clearly happy with this invitation. The band walked out on stage and launched straight into ‘The Reverie’ from their latest album, the amazing Audio Noir. When the vocals from ‘Heliopause’ kicked in, singer Sam Marsh walked out on stage to deliver a powerful vocal attack, disappearing when his work was done. The band then launched into the sprawling epic that is ‘I’ before closing with ‘Truth,’ with Marsh joining them on stage. Bossk put on a show that was overwhelming and stunning that was performed without a foot out of place. Welcome back lads.
After the tour, MetalRecusants interviewed Tom Begley from Bossk, you can read that interview here.
Cult of Luna are one of the best bands touring today, it is a bold statement to open the review but it is true. Everything about the group live is just perfect, their stunning and iconic light show is the best in the business and the way it was in perfect sync with the music was nothing the short of breathtaking. But if you strip that back and take it away you’re left with some perfect music by band a brotherhood of committed musicians. The music’s execution was flawless and the atmosphere was perfect, everyone was engrossed.
The band may have been playing Somewhere Along the Highway in full, but before this we were treated to a few songs before hand from across their discography. But it wasn’t until ‘Marching To The Heartbeats’ that the excitement levels really peaked. The album was played faithfully without any errors and set finishers ‘Dim’ and ‘Dark City Dead Man’ have not aged a day, they were simply jaw dropping. As ‘Dark City Dead Man’s’ final notes blasted out of the PR and the wall of sound dyed down, the audience screamed for more but all good things must come to an end. Vocalist Johannes Persson broke character at the end to thank the crowd for coming and for their support, a touching moment to end an hour and a half of perfection. Cult of Luna are at the top of their game and are without a doubt putting on one of the best live shows in modern day music.