I have a confession to make, and it is maybe a bit blasphemic but here it is: for my money Swedish sextet Cult of Luna is the absolute pinnacle of post metal (or whatever you want to call it) scene. Neurosis are way past their prime, Isis are long gone but this band has stayed at the very top of their game for decades now, and battled for status that they can release albums whenever they like and they will be received with rapturous response. Not resting on laurels here of course, as this status is rightfully deserved by series of top quality albums which is what matters the most after all. A Dawn to Fear is this troop’s 8th studio album (including the cooperation with Julie Christmas called Mariner) and it comes 6 years after the glorious Vertikal. The color scheme for the cover is as gray as its predecessor which will imediately draw coparisons but Cult of Luna is never the band to repeat: while Vertikal was drenched in urban claustrophobic vibes A Dawn to Fear builts upon its sound foundation but in the same time feels more expansive… in well known way of this band of course, so it reminded me on 2006’s Somewhere along the Highway in that sense of words. Of course the band introduced some new moments to sweeten the deal for the fans, like in the second single off the album Lay your Head to Rest which is for Cult of Luna’s standards a bit shorter and dare I say… catchier? That is the word that seldom gets tied to their albums and while we are at it I must say that A Dawn to Fear carries one of the band’s greatest strengths shown off in spades. The thing is, you never feel that Cult of Luna throw a couple songs together and make an album just for the sake of it. They are on of the shining examples of the band that cares about their art where the album is more than the collection of songs and it has something greater than the sum of its parts. A Dawn to Fear is the same in that regard and one really needs to experience it fully without distractions to realise the great concept and all the subtle masterful nuances thrown in to make such a great music. This is why I feel it is a bit unfair to write up the review of such an album in such a short notice as, if you really want to understand Cult of Luna and A Dawn to Fear you really need to spend some time with it to fully get to know the full picture. But the initial listenings already show brilliant sound work which seamlessly intertwine organic production and mind bend industrial drones, songs full of nice patterns that keeps you coming back for more. All in all, with A Dawn to Fear Cult of Luna has proven once again my rambling from the beginning of this scribble: they are here to saty, and to remain ant the very top!
- Metal Blade Records CD
Slobodan Trifunovic (9)