Cult of Luna
From: Umeå, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Swedish outfit Cult of Luna have completed work on their latest album entitled "Somewhere Along The Highway."
Slated for an April 24th release date via Earache Records, the initial tracking took place over seven days in a wooden octagon barn surrounded by "Blair Witch" scenery close to the bands hometown of Umea in Northern Sweden.
According to Magnus Lindberg the remote location coupled with the spotting of "Wicca witch women dancing in the woods" and the actual acoustics of the barn itself all contributed towards creating the perfect ambiance to lay down the basic tracks which were done primarily live, as a unit - a departure from previous Cult of Luna recording protocol.
Further recording and mixing happened in Tonteknik studios where both the bands 2004 album "Salvation" and its predecessor "The Beyond" (2003) were recorded. And the result promises to more raw and unpolished then the bands previous releases.
"Somewhere Along The Highway" contains 7 tracks, namely:
- Marching To The Heartbeats
- Back To Chapel Town
- And With Her Came The Birds
- Dark City, Dead Man
KHOMA (formerly KOMA), the Swedish band featuring members of CULT OF LUNA, THE PERISHERS, and the DEPORTEES, will release their sophomore album, "The Second Wave", on April 3 via Roadrunner Records.
Hailing from Umeå, a hotbed of Swedish talent (CULT OF LUNA, REFUSED, MESHUGGAH, (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, etc.), KHOMA was born in 2002. Conceived from a fusion of the long established local hardcore scene and a more diverse, emotive pop scene, KHOMA features the core of vocalist Jan Jämte, guitarist Johannes Persson, and Fredrik Kihlberg on guitar/piano. An official web site, www.khoma.net, is scheduled to launch January 9.
KHOMA's debut album, "Tsunami", was issued under the band's previous moniker, in 2004.
Cult Of Luna recently posted an update regarding their upcoming album:
"The first recording session of the next Cult of Luna album is now complete! We spent 7 days recording mostly drums, bass and guitars in a wooden octagon barn outside Umea. The scenery out there is seriously like in that Blair Witch movie, we even saw a 'wicca-witch type looking girl' doing some freebase hippie dancing in the woods at one point. We think she suspected that she was be being watched so we never saw her again. Bummer.
In other words, we were in the perfect mindset to record a Cult of Luna album. Speaking of the barn itself, the big room sounds really awesome and was the perfect place to track drums. Thomas Hedlund joined us to share his amazing drums skills, and on some songs both me (Magnus) and Thomas are playing simultaniously...pretty fucking rad.
Most of the basic tracks were recorded live, which is a quite different approach compared to the previous albums. Expect a raw and unpolished album this spring. Next thing to do is going into Tonteknik studios for a few days for additional recordings, like vocals, keys, noice and what not. After that I will mix the whole thing before x-mas!"
Roadrunner Records is proud to announce their latest signing - Khoma.
Hailing from Umeå, a hotbed of Swedish talent (Cult Of Luna, Refused, Meshuggah, International Noise Conspiracy etc), Khoma was born in 2002. Conceived from a fusion of the long established local hardcore scene and a more diverse, emotive pop scene, Khoma has two faces. One that writes, rehearses, and records songs, and another that gathers to play live.
The core of Khoma is always static - vocalist Jan Jämte, guitarist Johannes Persson, and Fredrik Kihlberg on guitar/piano - but the surrounding band members are a rolling collective of musicians. The band hail from varied musical backgrounds and all members still play in a number of different groups: Cult of Luna, The Perishers, and the Deportees to name three. Accordingly, Khoma began as a side project. “We weren't even a real band, merely a project filling a musical void, something we created because we felt a need to play together”, explains Jan. “Since we had no real goals and no one expected anything, we also had nothing to lose. It was all about the music.” With no pressure and total creative freedom, the members wrote the music they personally wanted to hear. The result was a harsh, emotional, and intense mixture of sweeping melodies and roaring guitars. “Khoma is a breathing space where the different styles fuse”, Jan elaborates. “We have a vision of creating heavy music that reflects more feelings than just sheer aggression. Sometimes whispering can be more powerful than screaming.” More...
Breather Resist will be touring in late-April and portions of May, including stints with Melt Banana and Cult Of Luna. Here you go:
dates w/ Melt Banana
4/26 Pittsburgh PA @ Brew House
4/27 Cleveland Heights OH @ The Grog Shop
4/28 Columbus OH @ Little Brothers
4/29 Newport KY @ Southgate House
4/30 Louisville KY @ Headliners Music Hall
5/2 Detroit MI @ The Magic Stick
5/3 Lansing MI @ Mac's Bar
5/4 Bloomington IN @ Rhino's
5/5 Chicago IL @ The Abbey Pub
5/6 Madison WI @ High Noon Saloon
5/7 Minneapolis MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/8 Omaha NE @ Ranch Bowl w/ Coliseum
5/9 Fargo ND @ Billiards
5/10 Sioux Falls ND @ Renner American Legion Hall
5/11 Cedar Falls IA @ FUK Garage
dates w/ Cult Of Luna
5/22 Nashville TN @ The Muse
5/23 Kansas City MO @ El Torreon
5/23 St. Louis MO @ Creepy Crawl
5/25 Denver CO @ Rock Island
5/27 Tempe AZ @ The Clubhouse
5/29 Anaheim CA @ Chain Reaction
5/29 Los Angeles CA @ Spaceland
5/30 San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
A more complete schedule has surfaced for Mastodon`s upcoming North American run alongside Cult Of Luna and Death By Stereo.
Here is how the trek is shaping up thus far: More...
Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...
Bleeding Through and Cult Of Luna will be touring Europe together in February. Here's the schedule:
04/02 Holland Arnhem Goudvishal
05/02 Holland Amsterdam Melkweg
06/02 Germany Hamburg Molotow
07/02 Germany Bochum Matrix
08/02 Germany Trier Exhaus
09/02 France Paris La Ptite Loco/Locomotive
10/02 UK London Underworld
11/02 UK Swindon Furnace
12/02 UK Leeds Cockpit
13/02 UK Aberdeen Moshulu
14/02 UK Glasgow King Tuts
15/02 UK Manchester Jillys Rockworld
16/02 UK Norwich The Ferry Boat Inn
17/02 UK Newport TJ's
18/02 Belgium Kontich Lintfabriek
19/02 Germany Karlsruhe Substage
20/02 Switzerland Will Remise
21/02 Germany MÃ¼nchen Backstage
22/02 Hungary Budapest SÃ¼ss fel nap
23/02 Austria Wien Arena
24/02 Germany Chemnitz AJZ
25/02 Germany Saalfeld Klubhaus
26/02 Germany Berlin Kato
Erik from Cult of Luna has posted the following message on the band's official website:
Our new video is done! Directed by Skelleftea locals Linus Johansson and Anders Forsman. Photographed by me. It was aired last saturday on Scuzz TV UK for the very first time. Download it below. We hope you'll like it...
To see the video go here.
Textures are hitting the UK with Alchemist (Relapse) opening for Sweden's Cult of Luna (Earache).
Their debut album "Polars" is being released in the U.S. through IDN distribution on Sept 28th.
Textures with Alchemist and Cult of Luna:
Oct. 04Oxford, UK @ Zodiac
Oct. 05 London, UK @ Garage
Oct. 06 Bradford, UK @ Rios
Oct. 07 Leicester, UK @ Charlotte
Oct. 08 Leeds, UK @ Josephs Well
Oct. 09 Sheffield, UK @ Corporation
Oct. 10 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
Oct. 11 Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Oct. 12 Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
Oct. 13 Liverpool, UK @ Academy
Oct. 14 Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Cult Of Luna have confirmed that the band's brand new album is entitled 'Salvation'. This, the bands third album, follows on from the critically acclaimed 'The Beyond,' and is due to be released on Monday 4th October 2004.
Recorded again at the famous Tonteknik Studios in Sweden and produced by Magnus Lindberg, the album is described by guitarist Johannes Persson as "a natural progression for the band, but we hope it will appeal to a much broader audience than the previous two releases, as the tracks are much more melody-based, having Anders in the band has allowed us to use fewer samples this time and has meant our musical skills have improved immensely so we can push our music forward!"
Persson continues; "Salvation is definitely a heavy album, but we have learnt that you don't need 100 guitars to be heavy, we've been much more diverse in our use of sounds, they have more depth this time - fewer walls of sound and more soundscapes! In keeping with Cult of Luna tradition 'Salvation' will not be a short affair, as Persson explains that "one problem we have is that we have one song to many! You can only fit 74 minutes on a CD so we're having to cut one song off!"
If you saw Cult of Luna on any of their UK and European tours last year then you will have already heard one of the tracks to be included on "Salvation" - their set ender, the 13 minute epic "Waiting For You."