Somewhere Along the Highway

Somewhere Along the Highway

by Cult of Luna
     
 

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If you think you know what Swedish metal is all about, Cult of Luna may make you change your mind. Yes, there's heaviosity aplenty here: these very long tracks (averaging about ten minutes each) all boast a huge and dense sound. But not all of them start out that way, and none of them ever approaches the kind of high-intensity death trip…  See more details below

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If you think you know what Swedish metal is all about, Cult of Luna may make you change your mind. Yes, there's heaviosity aplenty here: these very long tracks (averaging about ten minutes each) all boast a huge and dense sound. But not all of them start out that way, and none of them ever approaches the kind of high-intensity death trip that characterizes the work of their countrymen Meshuggah or Amon Amarth. In fact, Somewhere Along the Highway actually features several moments of sheer beauty -- and the shockingly restrained "And with Her Came the Birds" features not only drums played with jazz brushes but also, believe it or not, a banjo. That's not to say that there isn't plenty of screaming and yelling and raw, pounding beats. It's just that on tracks like "Finland" and the gorgeous "Dim," the screaming and yelling take clear second billing to richly melodic layers of guitar. Even on darker material, such as the arrhythmic and brooding "Marching to the Heartbeats," the overriding concern seems to be more with building a carefully constructed soundscape rather than just venting spleen. And if the pattern gets a bit predictable and tiresome by the album-ending instrumental "Dark City Dead Man," it's still a powerful and compelling one. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Earache Uk
UPC:
5055006534412
catalogNumber:
344

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Performance Credits

Cult of Luna   Primary Artist
Andreas Johansson   Bass,Group Member
Klas Rydberg   Vocals,Group Member
Thomas Hedlund   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Martin Gustafson   Background Vocals
Johannes Persson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Erik Olofsson   Guitar,Group Member
Anders Teglund   Keyboards,electronics,Group Member
Magnus Lindberg   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Cult of Luna   Composer
Johannes Persson   Composer
Erik Olofsson   Graphic Design
Magnus Lindberg   Engineer

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