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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 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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Earache Records To Release Box Set

Earache Records has posted the following message online:

"In recognition of a music genre that has spawned some of the most original and talented bands hailing from every corner of the globe, Earache Records is proud to announce the release of Worldwide Metal.

"Celebrating the diversity of metal in all of its forms, Worldwide Metal is the ultimate collection of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal metal tracks to rock this planet. Offering 5 CDs of pure metal mayhem plus a fully playable PC game - all for the price of one CD - this collection consists of over 80 tracks from some of the most legendary and inspirational bands of all time. More...

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Cult Of Luna Announces Australian Tour

Swedish metallers Cult Of Luna has announced that they will be heading Down Under for a tour in February.

The tour dates are as follows:

Feb 12th - Brisbane - The Tivoli
Feb 14th - Sydney - Manning Bar
Feb 15th - Melbourne - The Hi-Fi
Feb 17th - Adelaide - HQ
Feb 18th - Perth - The Capitol

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Cult of Luna Explain New Songs

With the release date of "Eternal Kingdom", the brand new
album from Cult of Luna, guitarist Johannes Persson recently gave a track-by-track explanation of the songs from the upcoming album. To hear Johannes discussing the meanings behind the songs over exclusive clips from the songs themselves, head to http://www.myspace.com/cultoflunaeternalkingdom.

Based on an actual journal found in an old mental home, "Eternal Kingdom" takes listeners on a weird and wonderful journey through the mind of a former patient as he tells the tale of how his wife came to be murdered and of the mythical creatures he claims to have encountered during the time of the harrowing event.

The fifth album from Cult of Luna, "Eternal Kingdom" was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umea and was produced by Magnus Lindberg. "Eternal Kingdom" will be released on June 16th in the UK/Europe and July 8th in the USA.


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Cult Of Luna Posts New Song Online

Cult Of Luna have posted the title track from their forthcoming album "Eternal Kingdom" online at thie official Myspace. Have a listen by clicking here.

The album will be the bands fifth.

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Cult Of Luna Guitarist Explains Album Artwork

The following press release has been announced:

CULT OF LUNA founder and guitarist Johannes Persson gives fans a major treat as he gives them a taste of what is in store for them on the band's fifth full-length release, "Eternal Kingdom".

"The world of the 'Eternal Kingdom' is harsh and hostile and that was something we felt was needed to express through the music. The turn to a harder and heavier sound was also very welcomed on our side after two albums of exploring atmospheric and meditative music."

The recently released artwork of "Eternal Kingdom" also has a deep connection to the music contained within.

"The artwork is inspired by old woodcuts and it is definitely the right way of maintain and amplify the harshness of the 'Eternal Kingdom'. With the Man/Owl king in the middle, it is a perfect visual representation of how the album is going to sound."

Cult Of Luna's new album "Eternal Kingdon" will be release on June 16th in Europe and July 8th in North America.

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Cult of Luna Announce Tour Dates

Swedish art-rockers CULT OF LUNA have confirmed the following tour dates:

19 April 2008 Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 Popcentre, Roadburn Festival
03 May 2008 Huskvarna, Sweden - Popadelica Festival
17 June 2008 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
18 June 2008 Warsaw, Poland - Progesja
19 June 2008 Wroclaw, Poland - Firlej
20 June 2008 Chemnitz, Germany - AJZ Chemnitz
21 June 2008 Trier, Germany - The Ultimate Summerblast Festival
22 June 2008 Brittany, France - Hellfest
24 June 2008 M?nchen, Germany - Feierwerk e.V.
25 June 2008 Wien, Austria - Arena Vienna
26 June 2008 Prague, Czech Republic - RockCafe
27 June 2008 Marburg, Germany - KFZ
28 June 2008 Leeds, UK - Ghostfest
29 June 2008 Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
30 June 2008 Brighton, UK - Brighton Barfly Club
01 July 2008 London, UK - SCALA
03 July 2008 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
12 July 2008 Joensuu, Finland - Ilosaari Rock More...

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Cult Of Luna Reveal New Album Title

Earache Records has issued this press release:

Swedish art-Rock outfit CULT OF LUNA have officially set the title of their upcoming album as "Eternal Kingdom".

CULT OF LUNA's fifth full-length album is being recorded at Tonteknik Studios in the band's hometown of Umea. The follow-up to 2006's "Somewhere Along The Highway", "Eternal Kingdom" is set to be a much heavier and darker affair than previous albums.

The artwork for "Eternal Kingdom" can be viewed here.

Guitarist Erik Olofsson had the following to say: "It is with great ambition and struggle we have created a very heavy album. The sound is strong and progressive. Our compositions do not hold back on anything this time!"

Check out photos from the recording session.

"Eternal Kingdom" will be released on June 16 in the UK/Europe and July 8 in the US.

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Cult Of Luna Complete New Album

CULT OF LUNA have posted a message up on their official website proclaiming the completion of the recording process for their new, as of yet untitled album scheduled for release later this year: "The recording of our new album is now finished and we have started the mixing process. Album title and release date are not yet confirmed but expect news

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Cult Of Luna Enter The Studio

Swedish art-rock behemoth CULT OF LUNA have entered Tonteknik Studios in their home town of Umea, Sweden, to record their fifth full length album.

The band have 8 songs ready to commit to tape, having spent the preceding weeks fine tuning the material that will look to build further on the success of Somewhere Along The Highway.

Although the band are yet confirm the title, the album will see the band attempt to adapt their sound, welcoming a harsher and more primal element to their already complex approach.

Guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson comments cryptically: "As we close the doors of the Tonteknik studio and travel into unchartered musical ground, only one thing is sure; what will come out will have been born from pain and violence."

Cult of Luna's new album is scheduled for a June release.

The band have already confirmed the following shows this year:

March
19 - Oslo, Norway at Sub Scene, Inferno Metal Festival
20 - Oslo, Norway at John Dee, Inferno Metal Festival

April
19 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013 Popcentre, Roadburn Festival

June
22 - Brittany, France at Hellfest

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Unleashed, Gorefest & Gorgoroth To Play Inferno

Unleashed, Gorefest and Gorgoroth have been added to the Inferno Metal Festival set to take place in Oslo, Norway on March 19-22.

Gaahl of Gorgoroth will be speaking at the Inferno Music Conference. This is a tandem event with Inferno Festival during the daytime hours.

Other bands confirmed for the festival include Behemoth, Tristania, Cult of Luna, Satyricon, 1349, Overkill and Destruction.

For more information, visit www.infernofestival.net

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More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

According to VSWebzine.com, CARCASS, MESHUGGAH, MINISTRY, AT THE GATES, FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT are among the confirmed bands for next year's Hellfest festival, set to take place June 20-22, 2008 in Clisson, France. More than 60 bands will perform on 2 stages. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ANATHEMA
ANAAL NATHRAKH
ANGRA
AT THE GATES
BENIGHTED
BORN FROM PAIN
CARCASS
CULT OF LUNA
ELUVEITIE
FORBIDDEN
GHOST BRIGADE
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MESHUGGAH
MINISTRY
MY DYING BRIDE
PARADISE LOST
SEPTIC FLESH
SHINING
SICK OF IT ALL
SONATA ARCTICA
TESTAMENT
THE OLD DEAD TREE

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Kruger Comment On Roadburn Confirmation

Swiss rockers KRUGER were recently confirmed for the 13th Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. They’ll be sharing the bill with CELTIC FROST as main headliner on Saturday, April 19th, 2008.

Kruger vocalist Reno comments: “We're actually totally, absolutely, excited to play one on Europe's fiercest festivals! I heard so many enthusiastic comments about the atmosphere and spirit of Roadburn that we look forward to hitting the road to Tilburg! Besides, the rest of the bill on our show date could be worse - have look : Swiss godfathers Celtic Frost, ISIS, CULT OF LUNA, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and ELECTRIC WIZARD."

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Isis Confirmed For Roadburn Festival

Post-metal icons ISIS have been confirmed as the headliner of the Friday Roadburn Festival date — April 18, 2008 — at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, the Boston-to-Los Angeles transplants will help fans take part in their milestone anniversary by releasing their entire catalog in one deluxe 12 vinyl-LP box set, and their headlining slot at Roadburn 2008.

Throughout the years, ISIS have maintained their position in the vanguard of post-metal by consistently exploding the idiomatic strictures that have defined heavy music with each successive release. Roadburn reveres ISIS and feel they warrant discussion alongside such established pioneers as NEUROSIS and CELTIC FROST.

Roadburn Festival organizers have also announced that Swiss post-metal stalwarts KRUGER will play the Saturday Roadburn date — April 19, 2008.

The 13th annual Roadburn Festival will take place April 18-19, 2008. Also scheduled to appear on the Friday Roadburn date are WITCHCRAFT, TONY MCPHEE'S GROUNDHOGS, BABY WOODROSE, DANAVA, MOS GENERATOR, BLOOD OF THE SUN, GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS, LA IRA DE DIOS, ZONE SIX and CHURCH OF MISERY, among others.

Seminal avant-garde/metal pioneers CELTIC FROST are confirmed as the main headliners, playing Saturday, April 19, 2008. YEAR OF NO LIGHT, ELECTRIC WIZARD, CULT OF LUNA, ACID MOTHERS GURU, THE HEADS, KONGH, LESBIAN, MY SLEEPING KARMA, ELECTRIC ORANGE and NADJA, amongst others, will also play the Saturday Roadburn date.

There will also be two additional dates added to Roadburn 2008: Thursday, April 17 [Roadburn's Pre-heat], and Sunday, April 20 [Roadburn's Afterburner — Kentucky's THE GLASSPACK will play an exclusive show, making their European debut]. The Roadburn Festival is currently talking to David Tibet/CURRENT 93 about a very special curated evening at the festival's main-hall on the Sunday, April, 2008. More info will follow shortly.

Originally a spin-off of the Roadburn web site, the Roadburn Festival has emerged as an event in its own right — it was even nominated for the prestigious "Festival Of The Year" award in the Netherlands this year. Roadburn brings together bands, fans and media from around the world. Despite its international acclaim, Roadburn retains an underground vibe and ethics, but with seriously big-league production values.

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Cult Of Luna Cancel European Tour Dates

Cult of Luna recently announced cancellation of some dates in Europe. The band's sentiment states,
"Unfortunately won't be able to play the shows in the Netherlands and Belgium 25th and 26th of August. Things have happened that's not in our control. We feel sorry for the people that were looking forward seeing us live, but yea, shit happens and we will be back later for sure."

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Cult of Luna Prepare for Download Festival

Swedish epic art-rock crushers Cult of Luna will descend upon Download on Sunday (10th June) evening to play their debut set at the famous festival. Download is the first UK festival Cult of Luna have played, and they are looking forward to engaging the crowd on the Tuborg stage with their special brand of light and shade sonic Musings. Guitarist Johannes Persson enthuses:

"The last UK tour was a blast and the reception we got was amazing so getting back to do our first UK festival was not a hard decision...."

Since the release of Cult of Luna's last album ‘Somewhere Along the Highway’ the band have been touring Europe incessantly to rave reviews and crowd reactions.

Expect the set to include the likes of ‘Leave Me Here’ and ‘Dark City, Dead Man (among others) as the sun sets on Donington on Sunday night.

The band will not be accompanied by Erik Olofsson at Download, but as Johannes states, with "6-8 members - you never know who shows up!"..." we have enough guitarists as it is...haha."

Cult of Luna will play the Turborg stage Sunday 10th June at Download festival, scheduled slot 18.55-19.35

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Cult Of Luna Complete New Video

Swedish art-noise collective CULT OF LUNA have released their video for "Back to Chapel Town", a track that features on their latest album out on Earache records "Somewhere Along the Highway."
Filmed in Umea near where the band are from, the video took 5 days to make and is produced and directed by the band.

The video "Back To Chapel Town" is now finished and you can watch it here.

Look out for Cult of Luna on tour in Europe early 2007.

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Cult of Luna Film Video For "Back To Chapel Town"

Swedish art-noise collective Cult of Luna have filmed a video for the "Back to Chapel Town", a track that features on their latest album out on Earache records "Somewhere Along the Highway." Filmed in Umea near where the band are from, the video took 5 days to make but much longer to plan. Johannes Persson and Erik Olofsson came up with the concept and directed the video themselves.

"Its about a dude" says Johannes trying to explain "a man waking up in a world he doesn't know, he knows nothing of his past or where he is, people treat him like air or are very suspicious of him." When asked how he felt about filming his own video Johannes says "It took fucking ages to arrange, we shot for 5 days and I've never felt so out of my element, but it was fun, and definitely something I would like to do more in the future."

The video mimicks the dark graphic feel of the album, and was even shot in the same kind of colour as the artwork on "Somewhere along the highway." The video is due to be finished by the end of September.

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"Earache Extreme Metal Racing" Game Trailer Online

A Trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game "Earache Extreme Metal Racing" is now showing online at earacheextrememetalracing.com.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition's vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.

Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Ultraviolence, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.

Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on 7th July 2006.

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