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Cult of Luna

Formed: 1999
From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Cult of Luna News

Below is our complete Cult of Luna news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Cult Of Luna Announces Shows With God Seed

Cult of Luna and God Seed have announced a string of upcoming tour dates, available below, and Indie Recordings also comments:

"2013 saw Cult of Luna return after more than 5 years away with the sprawling masterpiece that was ‘Vertikal.’ Absence might have made fan’s hearts grow fonder, but this was no nostalgia trip: Cult Of Luna sounded more relevant than ever and the album appeared high in the end of year lists of both fans and press alike. Their live reputation was cemented with numerous sold out shows across Europe and standout performances at festivals such as Pukkelpop, Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Hellfest and Damnation.

"Both Hellfest and Damnation were also stages for God Seed to display that they’d lost nothing in the transition and growth of Gaahl and King after Gorgoroth. Hordes packed these stages and weren’t disappointed as the band displayed their art whilst stripping back their stage show to reveal something even more potent: the will to grow; the god within man; the god within nature; the will to reach one’s highest potential. These are values all embedded in the name of God Seed."

28/04/14 – BERLIN, c-­-club
29/04/14 – WARSAW, proxima
30/04/14 – KRAKOW, fabryka
01/05/14 – LEIPZIG, hellraiser
02/05/14 – PRAGUE, rock café
03/05/14 – LINZ, posthof
04/05/14 – MUNICH, backstage
05/05/14 – LUZERN, schuur
06/05/14 – STRASBOURG, la laiterie
07/05/14 – LUXEMBOURG, den atelier
08/05/14 – UTRECHT, Tivoli de helling
09/05/14 – PARIS, trabendo
10/05/14 – LONDON, Beyond the redshift @ The forum More...

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Cult Of Luna Comments On The Band's Future

Cult of Luna has checked in with the following statement about the band's current status and upcoming activity:

"We are not quitting. 2013 has been a very active year for us and neither do we want or think it is good to continue in that pace.

"We will not be a band that put out an album every 18-24 months anymore. We did that for almost 10 years when we were younger and were able to focus more on the music.

"After 'Beyond the Redshift' we might do a festival or two but after that we have nothing planned.
Maybe we'll release another album next year or maybe in a decade, we honestly don't know.

"Sooner or later we will return in one form or another. Cult of Luna will not die."

The band also issued this statement previously about appearing at the Beyond The Redshift festival:

"The Beyond the Redshift festival in London on May the 10th will be a very special show for Cult of Luna. It will mark the end of an era and after that we will slowly disappear before we reappear again in some form in some indefinite future.

"Because of that Klas will join us on stage for the last time and we will play a whole lot of old songs which we haven't played for years or ever."

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Cult Of Luna Streaming "Light Chaser"

Cult of Luna's new EP "Vertikal II" is due out on September 17th, 2013. The band has now teamed up with MetalSucks.net to stream a track off the release. Check out "Light Chaser" at this location.

The EP's track listing is as follows:

1. O R O
2. Light Chaser
3. Shun the Mask?
4. Vicarious Redemption (Justin K. Broadrick remix)

Cult of Luna will return to North America for the first time in eight years this fall for a co-headlining twelve-date tour with Katatonia with support from TesseracT and Intronaut. Dates are as follows: More...

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Cult Of Luna Announces "Vertikal II"

Cult of Luna has announced the September 17th, 2013 release of "Vertikal II" on Density Records. The 4-track release contains over 30 minutes of music and is available to pre-order today through the Workhorse Music store.

The Swedish rock band released sixth full-length album "Vertikal" in January and recently announced a fall co-headlining tour with Katatonia that begins in Boston, Massachusetts on September 23rd, 2013.

"Vertikal II is the continuation of our journey into the harshness of the monotone city landscape," commented Johannes Persson. "The songs were written during the Vertikal-session and we always intended them to be released close to the album. Justin Broadrick's remix was not a part of the original plan but since it came out phenomenally good we thought that it would fit perfectly as closer of the whole Vertikal-project. With Verikal II we complete and end a chapter that, for the last few years, have been a big part of our lives. Now we leave the inner city and look up into the vast void above."

The track listing is as follows:

1. O R O
2. Light Chaser
3. Shun the Mask?
4. Vicarious Redemption (Justin K. Broadrick remix)

Cult of Luna will return to North America for the first time in eight years this fall for a co-headlining twelve-date tour with Katatonia with support from TesseracT and Intronaut. "After the release of Vertikal and the massive progress we feel we have made over the last couple of years - both as a live act and in the studio - the timing couldn't be better for us to return to US soil,” said Johannes Persson. “Cult of Luna is a live act above all else and we are looking forward to connecting again with the US audience that treated us so well in 2005." More...

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Katatonia Announces North American Tour

Katatonia has announced a co-headlining North American tour, the "Uncrowned & Vertikal Tour," with Cult of Luna plus special guests Intronaut and TesseracT.

The two-week run will commence September 23rd in Boston, Mass. VIP packages will be available next week, along with the public on-sales beginning Friday, August 9th.

Commented vocalist Jonas Renkse: "Dear North Americans! We are happy to announce yet another co-headline tour in support of Dead End Kings, this time with fellow Swedes Cult of Luna plus support from Intronaut (US) and TesseracT (UK)!

"Since we have been touring your continent quite a bit the last few years, we thought it was about time to re-decorate the good ol' setlist a little. Right now we are rehearsing and going through some of our hidden gems, songs that we haven't yet picked up or rarely have played live before. It will probably be as exciting for you as it is for us!

"Please note that it won't be an 'old-school' party, but an evening with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a knife! Oh, and we will probably have time to play some of the 'hits' as well. All in all, we will squeeze out as much Katatonia as possible each and every night, so let's do this one together once again, shall we?"

The upcoming North American tour will coincide with the release of "Dethroned and Uncrowned," the band's debut album on Kscope (sister label of Peaceville), home to Anathema, Amplifier, Steven Wilson and most recently, Wisdom of Crowds, the new project from Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia's very own Jonas Renkse.

"Dethroned and Uncrowned" will release September 10 in North America to celebrate Kscope's fifth anniversary. It can be pre-ordered now at this location. More...

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Cult Of Luna Posts Remixed Track

Sweden’s Cult of Luna today reveals a new remix from producer Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu). Broadrick tackles the 18+-minute track “Vicarious Redemption” from Cult of Luna’s recent studio album, "Vertikal." Check out the track below.

"It was both a pleasure and a challenge to work on such an sprawling epic song,” Broadrick commented. “(There was) so much material to choose from and to attempt to refocus in my own context, and a challenge to make something new and concise which resonates like the original."

"When I was 14 years old, my friend taught my how to play guitar,” adds Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. “We spent hours listening to songs and then trying to play them. One of the records he had was the Streetcleaner LP that since has been continuously in my rotation for almost 20 years, so listening to Justin’s remix of 'Vicarious Redemption' kind of felt like going full circle. Justin has created something new with the elements of the song which, in my opinion, is the only way to justify a remix."

Cult of Luna is in the midst of an extensive worldwide touring schedule with plans in the works to bring the band to the Unites States later in 2013. More...

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Cult Of Luna Releases New Music Video

Today Cult of Luna debuts the first video from the band's sixth album "Vertikal." Check out the video for "Passing Through" in the player below. The following press release was issued about the clip:

"Directed by Markus Lundqvist, 'Passing Through' was filmed in sub-zero temperatures at what was once Sweden’s largest mental hospital. Closed since the ‘60’s, the Säter hospital was where the mentally ill were routinely castrated and lobotomized."

The track listing for "Vertikal" is as follows:

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed (Bonus Track LTD Edition only) More...

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Cult Of Luna Live Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Cult of Luna performing the song "In Awe Of" in Paris, courtesy of YouTube user Bizkitos Del Toro. Check out the clip below.The track comes off of the band's recently released album "Vertikal." The following press release was issued about the album:

"Vertikal 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." More...

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Cult Of Luna Posts Album Update Video

Cult Of Luna release a third studio report from the recording of the new album "Vertikal," which can be viewed below. "Vertikal" is set to be released January 25th in Norway, Germany, and Austria and January 29th in the rest of the Europe.

A track from the album was also recently posted online for streaming. Check out "I: The Weapon" at this location. The track listing for "Vertikal" is as follows:

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed (Bonus Track LTD Edition only) More...

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Cult Of Luna To Host Fan Chat

Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 9th) at 4pm EST, fans of Sweden’s Cult of Luna will have the rare opportunity to participate in a live chat with band member Johannes Persson. Fans can head here to sign up and be notified when the chat goes live.

"Vertikal," the new studio album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna, will be released via Indie Recordings in Europe on January 25th, 2013 and Density Records in the U.S. on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Vertikal 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." More...

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Cult Of Luna Streaming New Track "I: The Weapon"

Sweden's Cult Of Luna is streaming the new track "I: The Weapon" from the band's new album "Vertikal." The album is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 (Germany/Austria) and worldwide drop on January 29, 2013 (excluding North America) via Indie Recordings.

The track listing for "Vertikal" is as follows:

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed (Bonus Track LTD Edition only)

Check out "I: The Weapon" here: More...

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Cult Of Luna Reveals "Vertikal" Details

Cult Of Luna will release the new album ”Vertikal” this coming January 29th worldwide (excluding North America) and January 25th in Germany and Austria. Now Cult Of Luna has reveal the track list for the upcoming album, which is available below.

In addition to the regular CD, there will be also be a limited edition of “Vertikal” including one bonus track, and a vinyl version will be available through Back On Black.

1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4.The Sweep
5. Synchronicity
6. Mute Departure
7. Disharmonia
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
Bonus Track LTD Edition only*
10. *The Flow Reversed More...

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Cult Of Luna Comments On New Album

Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Cult of Luna, and as was previously announced, the new album “Vertikal” will be released on January 25th in G/A/S and January 29th worldwide, excluding North America.

The band had this to say about the making of the new studio album: ”The album will be released at the beginning of the year, and is thematically influenced by the film ‘Metropolis’: a hypnotic backdrop of machinery and repetition. Before we started writing we were keen to find a theme that in a very direct way could be shown through the music, and we hope to have achieved this. We developed clear structures – very linear, refusing to over complicate the writing process."

Cult of Luna was formed in 1998 in Sweden and released a self-titled debut album three years later. In 2003 Cult of Luna released the album “The Beyond,” which led to the band's first European tour as support for Isis, Poison the Well, and Dillinger Escape Plan. A massive European tour followed and not long after the group got a support slot for the one and only Mastodon in the U.S. in 2005.

The band released “Somewhere Along The Highway” in 2007 and won a rock/metal award from the Swedish Radio channel P3 “for the will and courage to expand and bring new dimensions to the metal genre.” One year later Cult of Luna released “Eternal Kingdom” and in 2011 the band finally began working on what was to become the new album “Vertikal."

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Cult Of Luna To Release New Album

"Vertikal," the new studio album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna, will be released via Indie Recordings in Europe on January 25th, 2013 and Density Records in the U.S. on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Vertikal 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.

"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." More...

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Cult of Luna Posts Footage From The Studio

Swedish alternative metal act Cult of Luna has posted some new footage from the recording studio online. The video is simply titled "writing session, no 1" with no other details being given at this time. You can view the footage below:

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Cult Of Luna To Re-Release Two Albums On Vinyl

Cult of Luna has issued the following update about re-releasing their first two albums on vinyl:

"As some might know, Earache have decided to finally release our first two albums on vinyl. Each record will be double LP on gatefolded sleeves. They have been re-designed using abstract photography – still honoring the original artwork and typography. These photos are from the Earache office and we promise to present better glamor shots of these products before selling them to you here in the shop soon!"

Cult of Luna also has the following upcoming tour dates:

2/25 2010 Close-up båten Stockholm-Åbo, Stockholms län
2/26 2010 Tavastia Helsinki
2/27 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä
2/28 2010 Tapper Tallinn

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Cult Of Luna Streaming Cover Track

Sweden's Cult of Luna has issued the following update about adding on an Estonia show and streaming a cover song online:

"New show have been added to the mini tour in February. Looking forward to play in Estonia for the first time. We have added a cover song on our play list. The song was originally composed by the amazing band Unbroken and was song number seven on their 1994 album 'life. love. regret.' We recorded it during the 'Somewhere along the highway'-session in 2006 and was released on a limited 7'."

Cult of Luna's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

2/25 2010 Close-up båten Stockholm-Åbo, Stockholms län
2/26 2010 Tavastia Helsinki
2/27 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä
2/28 2010 Tapper Tallinn

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Cult Of Luna Announces New Tour Dates

Sweden's Cult Of Luna has announced the following three upcoming tour dates in February of 2010:

2/25 2010 Close-up båten Stockholm-Åbo, Stockholms län
2/26 2010 Tavastia Helsinki
2/27 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä

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Cult Of Luna Posts New DVD Trailer Online

Swedish art-rockers Cult Of Luna are gearing up for their first ever DVD release, titled "Fire Was Born."

The DVD includes an epic hour-and-a-half live show recorded on July 1st, 2008 at the Scala in London, UK, along with an exclusive interview with the band, in which the members answer questions sent in from fans all around the world. The DVD also includes the music videos for "The Watchtower", "Leave Me Here" and "Back To Chapel Town".

The "Fire Was Born" DVD is due to be released on March 23rd, 2009 as part of a special edition version of the band's latest album, ETERNAL KINGDOM, except for in the band's home country of Sweden, where it will be released as a separate DVD only. The trailer for the DVD can be viewed below.

Cult Of Luna fans in Australia and New Zealand can catch the band live at the following much-anticipated shows:

10 Feb 2009 - Auckland, New Zealand - Transmission Room
12 Feb 2009 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
14 Feb 2009 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
15 Feb 2009 - Melbourne, Australia - The HiFi
17 Feb 2009 - Adelaide, Australia - HQ
18 Feb 2009 - Perth, Australia - The Capitol More...

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Cult Of Luna Announces 2009 European Tour Dates

Sludge metal band Cult of Luna has announced the following European tour dates for February and March of 2009:

2/10 2009 8:00P Transmission Room Auckland
2/12 2009 8:00P The Tivoli Brisbane
2/14 2009 8:00P Manning Bar Sydney
2/15 2009 8:00P The HiFi Melbourne
2/17 2009 8:00P HQ Adelaide
2/18 2009 8:00P The Capitol Perth

3/10 2009 8:00P Recyclart Brussels
3/11 2009 8:00P Kulturfabrik Luxembourg
3/12 2009 8:00P Noumatrouff Mulhouse
3/13 2009 8:00P Cartonnerie Cabaret Reims
3/14 2009 8:00P Epicerie Moderne Lyon / Fezin
3/15 2009 8:00P Havana - Statut Toulouse
3/16 2009 8:00P El Loco Club Valencia
3/17 2009 8:00P Kafe Antzokia Bilbao
3/18 2009 8:00P LA 2 Barcelona
3/19 2009 8:00P La Sala Live!! Madrid
3/20 2009 8:00P Abatoires Cognac
3/21 2009 8:00P Grand Mix Tourcoing
3/22 2009 8:00P Elysee Montmarte Paris

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