There are a lot of things that are common knowledge, but one that sadly isn’t is how amazing Cult of Luna are. They’re a band that constantly pushes boundaries, loves experimenting and is never stagnant. They’re also a band that can create an incredibly powerful atmosphere, their sound is huge without being intimating and cocky. In April I had the pleasure of watching Cult of Luna perform Somewhere Along The Highway in full in London. It was one of the best shows of the year with a lights show and sound that was often overwhelming and emotional. It was a privilege to celebrate the album’s 10th anniversary with them.
When it was released, Somewhere Along the Highway was critically adored around the world. It was placed fifth in Decibel’s top albums of 2006 while also winning awards in the band’s native Sweden. Somewhere Along the Highway as an album is a masterpiece, it’s a journey through isolation, loneliness and personal tragedy. It’s an odyssey, one filled with pain but also an undeniable sense of hope cutting through it like a raging river. One of the main strength’s of Cult of Luna’s music is that the members have great chemistry, they all work so well together it really shows. There are no flat notes, no slip ups, it’s just a pure display on talent. It’s an album that you take something a little different from each time you listen to it, you notice something that slipped under the radar last time. This multilayered album is an absolute treat for music fans, from the ominous intro of ‘Marching to the Heartbeats’ to the beautiful entwined guitars of ‘Dark City, Dead Man’. This album is one for the ages.
Somewhere Along the Highway is a milestone in Cult of Luna’s career full of achievements that some band’s can only dream of, its 10th anniversary is one that should get metal fans out in the streets celebrating its continued relevance and freshness. The harsh vocals, melodic guitars, talented drums, steady bass and ominous synths helped not only elevate the band, but the post-metal genre itself.
1. Marching to the Heartbeats
3. Back to Chapel Town
4. And With Her Came the Birds
7. Dark City, Dead Man
Cult of Luna on Somewhere Along The Highway:
Thomas Hedlund – drums and percussion
Andreas Johansson – bass
Fredrik Kihlberg – guitar and vocals
Magnus Lindberg – drums, recording and mixing
Erik Olofsson – guitar
Johannes Persson – guitar, vocals and lyrics
Klas Rydberg – vocals
Anders Teglund – keyboards and electronics