Umeån post-metal giants Cult Of Luna have announced that they will be releasing their new album at the end of January. Inspired by the 1927 silent film Metropolis by Fritz Lang – which is set in a futuristic dystopian city and deals with overcoming class issues – the record will deal with themes of structure, linearity, machinery and repetition, which to me means it will be a concept album, possibly with recurring elements or repeated passages across the entire album.
It will be called Vertikal, which again is a reference to the film (a German creation, if Fritz Lang’s name didn’t give it away), and will see a January 25th release in Europe through Indie Recordings, and January 29th in North America through Density Recordings.
The Swedish seven-piece have been going fourteen years now, and are well-regarded as masters of the genre, so it’s safe to say that this album will be one the year’s better releases. It’s a style that’s somewhat simpler than others to achieve, but is difficult to master – especially consistently for the 50-60 minutes for which post-metal albums generally last.
The album will be accompanied by a European tour, with a U.S. run being mapped out for announcement soon. Both will be in our events calendar post-haste!