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Somewhere Along the Highway

Cult of LunaAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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2012
The recording process is longer and more scattered than before. Gets together eventually for a longer finnishing session in Umeå, Tonteknik Recording.

2011
Intense writing sessions, recording demos. The foundations of the first tracks are recorded and an album is slowly taking form.

2010
Releases EVIGA RIKET on the very own label C.O.L. PRESS. Accompanied by a ... Read more in Amazon's Cult of Luna Store

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B000FBFSVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Marching to the Heartbeats
2. Finland
3. Back to Chapel Town
4. And with Her Came the Birds
5. Thirtyfour
6. Dim
7. Dark City, Dead Man

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Features members of recently signed Roadrunner recording artist Khoma. Catalog sales of over 50,000. The band's rise from the obscure northern Swedish city of Umea to international act has been swift and unrelenting. The latest effort was mixed by Pelle Henricsson at Tonteknik Studios (Refused, In Flames, Poison The Well). Seven tracks spread over 70 minutes. Previous touring with the likes of Mastodon, Isis, Dillinger Escape Plan and headline tours across the globe has seen the band cultivate a loyal fanbase.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps their best work to date April 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Cult of Luna's fourth album Somewhere Along the Highway was miraculously recorded in merely seven days. Given their amazing back catalog and how their previous effort Salvation was considered their peak, this is certainly interesting. How can you follow up such a masterpiece with an album recorded so quickly? Well, Cult of Luna have once again achieved it. Though too early to form a final opinion, Somewhere Along the Highway may end up being most of their fans' favourite release in more than one way.

While accurate to a certain extent, comparing Cult of Luna to Isis, Pelican, and Neurosis constantly would be unfair. It is true that all of these bands have a lot in common musically, but upon careful listens, beautiful subtleties emerge on each band's work. Of the four bands though, Cult of Luna's music is arguably the most linear one. Never for a moment do they sacrifice song structure in hopes of impressing the listener with their meandering instrumentals or oft-changing chord progressions. That said, complex arrangements and monstrous soundscapes are aplenty on any of their albums, including Somewhere Along the Highway. However, Cult of Luna songs are always masterfully constructed, mixing heaviness with an atmospheric undertone. Churning rhythms are repeated to generate a feeling of unity before unleashing massive cosmic forces at the most unexpected breaking points. The aggressive hardcore type of scream vocals are less prominent on this disc. Actually Klas Rydberg sings in his calming clean voice on several tracks, which sounds a lot more mature and improved this time around. The drone approach also takes a back seat, giving way to a more open sound through most of the album, where the band successfully creates spacey atmospheres and flashes of uplifting enlightment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4th on my best of 2006 list March 15, 2007
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Introspection, and isolation are words that come to mind when I am listening to Cult of Luna's "Somewhere Along the Highway". This band has been labeled as sludge doom and "post-metal", a genre-du-jour that of late has been used to describe bands such as Neurosis, Isis, The Red Sparrows and Pelican. In fact, some places even state that the genre was created by Neurosis, with the others following their lead. Cult of Luna has often and unfairly been dubbed imitators. This album surely illustrates that this band are an entity to be noticed. They have created a dichotomy of glacial delicacy and brutal loneliness and loss.

I wonder often about the term "post-metal", since so many of the tracks on this album certainly sound like "metal" to me. There is no doubt that the churning guitars and pounding drums on tracks "Finland" and "Back to Chapel Town" are heavy enough to qualify as decidedly metal. Vocalist Klas Rydberg illustrates that he can roar with the best, as well as sing in a beautiful clean and soothing way.

The fourth track is a real treat, and displays Rydberg's beautiful low and mellow clean vocal style. "And With her Came the Birds" is an icy doom ballad that creeps along at a funereal pace. Slow and sparse reverb-laden guitar chords are played to support banjo (yes, banjo) arpeggios while Rydberg chants the seriously unsettling lyrics:

"Dead man with pitchfork arms tells me all that he knows.

Leave me here for the crows.

In the fall she came back, and with her the birds."

Minimal and disturbing, this song has to be the most unique single "song" I have heard all year. This song alone would have reserved a spot on my list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Cult of Luna's "Somewhere Along the Highway" is by far the greatest album I own in my collection, it's an album I suggest favorably to others. When I first bought the album some years ago, I was unsure of what I should expect, after all, their previous release, "Salvation," is utterly one of the best albums I heard in a long time, in reality the song 'Leave Me Here' from Salvation was what introduced me into the atmospheric sludge metal, and from there, I explored all and every band that played atmospheric downtuned goodness.

I bought the album knowing what the band has potential for, and I did not hear a sample, although I know COL would deliver something amazing. Upon first hearing, all doubts were put away and I was wrong in my disbelief, I was wrong because the album shimmered with intense beauty and intrinsic majesty. I could not get enough of the album, I remember having on it day and night. I went through 3 copies of the CD because I listened to it so much.

On a related note, another album that comes to mind that strikes so much of my praises' Poison the Well "You Come Before You," on particular days I listen to both albums back to back, from beginning to end, and on repeat. Music with soundscape makes me give it a few listens before I can truly marvel at what I'm hearing.

I hardly use beautiful to describe anything, the word beautiful is a word that is often overused, and the same goes for awesome, but Somewhere Along the Highway is both awesome and beautiful; because it leaves you in complete awe, and the beauty of Somewhere ALong the Highway is the journey that you take from the first to last track.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but you better like screaming!
I purchased this album after hearing a track on Pandora. I like the music, but the screaming is just too much for me. It's not present in every track, e.g. Read more
Published 10 months ago by W. Dormann
5.0 out of 5 stars Well don't that just beat all
Guys, this is IT. The classic Cult of Luna have always been threatening to make. I hesitate to use the word "mature", since these guys were pretty damn mature to begin with, but... Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by Pharaoh
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy from MovieMars!!!
I specifically asked MovieMars BEFORE I bought this CD from them, if it was the digipak that contains 2 the bonus songs. They replied and confirmed that it was indeed the digipak. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by WhopVillian
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent record!
The juxtaposition of delicate, reverberating guitars alongside emotion-fuelled raucous vocals isnt usually an option in a genre saturated with violently strewn metallic anthems. Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Metal Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
Words cannot even express the amazing musicianship and song-writing on this album. This is one of the most inspired pieces of music to come out this year and I cannot wait to hear... Read more
Published on August 24, 2006 by Mick V. Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album. Only time will tell if it is their best.
Like the younger brother of the football hero, straight-A, chick magnet high school senior, Somewhere Along the Highway (SWATH) can't win no matter what it does. Read more
Published on July 27, 2006 by pray_for_mojo
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of both worlds in CoL's latest.
I always felt that 'Salvation', although a great record in its own right, seemed to be the product of a slightly rash musical decision. Read more
Published on June 3, 2006 by D. Hamilton-Smith
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