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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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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):


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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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Cult Of Luna Announce European Tour

Sweden's CULT OF LUNA, who will release their ‘Somewhere Along The Highway’ album on Earache on April 24th have announced the first batch of dates of their upcoming European tour that kicks off with an appearance at the CLOSE UP FESTIVAL in Sweden on April 15th:

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Cult Of Luna Post New "Finland" Track Online

An edit Of the Track 'Finland' From the new Cult Of Luna Album 'Somewhere Along The Highway' has been posted on the Earache Records Myspace page.

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.

"Somewhere Along The Highway" contains 7 tracks:

  • Marching To The Heartbeats

  • Finland

  • Back To Chapel Town

  • And With Her Came The Birds

  • Thirtyfour

  • Dim

  • Dark City, Dead Man

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Cult of Luna Complete New Album

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
- Finland
- Back To Chapel Town
- And With Her Came The Birds
- Thirtyfour
- Dim
- Dark City, Dead Man

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Khoma To Release 'The Second Wave' In April

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.

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Cult Of Luna Recording New Album

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!"

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Khoma Sign To Roadrunner Records

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...

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Upcoming Breather Resist Tour Dates

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

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Mastodon Add More Dates To North American Tour

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...

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

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...

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Bleeding Through and Cult Of Luna Euro Tour Dates

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 München Backstage
22/02 Hungary Budapest Süss fel nap
23/02 Austria Wien Arena
24/02 Germany Chemnitz AJZ
25/02 Germany Saalfeld Klubhaus
26/02 Germany Berlin Kato

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Cult Of Luna Post Video Online

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.

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