Friday, April 8, 2016

Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas "Mariner"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Atmospheric Progressive / Post Metal
Label: Indie Recordings
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: April 8, 2016
1. A Greater Call (8:19)
2. Chevron (8:53)
3. The Wreck Of S.S. Needle (9:33)
4. Approaching Transition (12:59)
5. Cygnus (14:50)

Total time 54:34

Johannes Persson - Guitars and Vocals
Magnus Lindberg - Drums
Andreas Johansson - Bass
Fredrik Kihlberg - Guitars and Vocals
Kristian Karlsson - Keyboard and Vocals
Thomas Hedlund - Drums and Percussion
Julie Christmas - Vocals

... the songs run the full breadth of Cult of Luna’s back catalog and then some: ‘Chevron’ calls to mind the straight-forward brutality The Beyond, whereas ‘The Wreck of S.S. Needle’ boasts the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of Vertikal.
This isn’t to say that Mariner is a mere rehash, either. Cult of Luna have worked to further develop their style. ‘Approaching Transition’ is perhaps the bleakest song the band have recorded to date, culminating in a crescendo of trudging sludge misery. The oppressive black-metal influenced lead lines bring to mind the excellent French outfit Year Of No Light, while the melodic component reminds me of Johannes’ other project, Khoma. By contrast, some sections of the album closer ‘Cygnus’ can feel a little too familiar to some tracks off Eternal Kingdom. With Christmas’ input however, the song eventually manages to move into some fresher territory.
Read the full review by  Lachlan R. Dale at echoesanddust.com

A Greater Call

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