Somewhere Along the Highway
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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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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.
This album is a must own for any metal enthusiast; whether you like heavy metal, atmospheric metal, avant-garde, post-metal, post-rock, sludge, or doom,. Don't let the genres fool you, this album can be accessible and should be listened to by all.
The standout and my personal favorite song is "Dim," to me, it's not just a song, its an experience.
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. It is followed appropriately with the wonderfully gloomy "Thirtyfour", a song that decidedly proclaims this band's doom metal roots.
A convenient term when describing an album of this sort is "atmospheric". Overused, even by me, this term certainly applies to the songwriting found here. Much of the last two songs "Dim" and "Dark City, Dead Man" is instrumental. Cult of Luna takes the high road, so to speak, by not including a trendy "noise" or "drone" track. All of the songs on this album, albeit hypnotic in places, are melodic and carefully composed. Abandoning political and social themes, this album contains subject matter that is much more personal and introspective. The lyrics throughout tell a story of the archetypical search for the ideal other, longing, lost love, and loss of identity. The heartbreaking denouement "Dark City, Dead Man" could almost be used as a movie soundtrack in parts. It is epic, sprawling and moody with an ending that will leave you on the floor.
I cannot finish this review without mentioning the production. This album was recorded and mixed in a barn in the middle of nowhere. I am amazed at how perfect the natural reverb of this place complimented the music as written. The result is stunning.