VERTIKAL, the new studio album from Sweden’s CULT OF LUNA is released today

By on January 29, 2013


VERTIKAL (1/29/13, Density Records) marks a much‐anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science‐fiction film ‘Metropolis’. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over‐complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.


Vertikal is in stores today and available at both Amazon ( and iTunes ( Fans can pre-order the vinyl LP through The Omega Order.


Cult of Luna will be returning to the live arena for a full European tour, with a new set of dates just announced in April & May in addition to the previously announced period around the album’s release in January & February. There are US dates being planned and the band intend to tour further in late 2013.


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Vertikal is a challenging and extraordinary album, complex and aching. Like a great city that is also a machine, it has moments of great beauty, technical wonder and a deep, gaping pit of cost and loss. Cult of Luna have created a wondrous musical engine.” (4.5/5) –



Vertikal is a modern marvel…” (8/10) – Decibel



“Cult of Luna have been perfecting their art for quite some time, and Vertikal is their piece de resistance.” (4.5/5) –



“A superb sixth studio album from the envelope-pushing post-metal Swedes.”

– BBC Music



Vertikal is a riff monster of epic proportions.” (4.5/5) – Alternative Press



“These Swedes have done it again…they’re scaling new creative heights with this record…” – Noise Creep



“…the passion and intensity is undeniable…” (4/5) – Revolver



Vertikal is exceptional in every way…” (5/5) – Heavy Blog Is Heavy





29th – Lisbon, Paradise Garage

30th – Madrid, Caracol

31st – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 3



2nd – Helsinki, Nosturi



1st – Beaumont, Le Tremplin

2nd – Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte

27th – Oslo, Parkteatret

28th – Stockholm, Debaser Medis



3rd – Helsinki, Nosturi



18th – Gothenburg, Pustervik

19th – Copenhagen, Lilla Vega

20th – Tilburg, Roadburn Festival

21st – France, Belfort

22nd – Fribourg, Fri‐Son

23rd – Mezzago, Bloom

24th – Rome, Traffic Live Club

25th – Misano, Adriatico Boulevard

26th – Winterthur, Gaswerk

27th – Zagreb, Club Attack

29th – Bucharest, Silver Church

30th – Timisoara, Daos Club



1st – Budapest, A38

2nd – Innsbruck, P.M.K

3rd – Wroclaw, Asymmetry Festival

4th – Marburg, KFZ

5th – Munich, Kranhalle

6th – Stuttgart, Universum

7th – Bielefeld, Forum

8th – Cologne, Gebaude 9

9th – Rotterdam, Baroeg

10th – Berlin, C-Club


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.