When I first heard Cult Of Luna's debut CD some eight or nine years ago I still hadn't embraced any music with hardcore vocals. Therefore, it spent all of about five minutes in my stereo before it was yanked and listed on eBay and I haven't pursued any of their music since. While I'd be lying if I said that this is one of my favorite styles of singing today; I have come to appreciate some of what I consider to the better CD's of the sort, and Cult of Luna's latest Eternal Kingdom is exactly that.
I've heard a couple bands with a similar style to Cult of Luna but they escape me right now. These guys don't fit into any of your average hardcore genres like death metal, black metal or metalcore. Their sound is muddier, tempo is slower, and overall, it has an ambient and eerie atmospheric vibe to it. With the slow, heavy guitar riffs and the pain-stricken vocals of Klas Rydberg (who has to be one of the more audible extreme singers that I've heard) Cult Of Luna does an excellent job of achieving that tortured soul effect that they're looking for, much more so than doom/death bands such as My Dying Bride.
An enjoyable and easy listen, Cult Of Luna's Eternal Kingdom took me by surprise and I recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different in extreme metal. It's obvious that I rushed to judgment all those years ago and have probably been missing out on some pretty good Cult Of Luna albums since.
An enjoyable and easy listen, Cult Of Luna's Eternal Kingdom took me by surprise and I recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different in extreme metal.
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