9/10 gbar Customer review, 14th November 2017
Over the years since its release, Cult of Luna's self-titled debut album has been wrongly regarded as less sophisticated and dynamic than what the band have put out since then. In actuality, the band goes through as many dynamic shifts on this record as on any of their later material. This one is a little bit of an oddity in their discography, as there is a larger hardcore punk and doom metal influence, and it is substantially heavier than their later material.
A good example of this is on "Hollow", which opens with a crushing sludge metal riff and some of the most frantic drumming that you probably couldn't find anywhere in the genre. The centrepiece "Sleep" opens with a heartbreaking intro featuring what sounds like a sombre viola before going into some superb doom riffage and the shrieks of vocalist Klas Ryberg, the piece gradually lowers in intensity until suddenly they bring it back again. Cult of Luna's debut is almost flawless post-metal and while it has been overlooked over time, it should still be considered a landmark of the genre.
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