On the evening of the Swedish band's show in Helsinki, Finland last week, CULT OF LUNA
ventured out into a blizzard to film an acoustic version of the song "Passing Through"
"We shot it in one take and my fingers were so cold that I couldn't feel them after only halfway through the song," says guitarist Johannes Persson
. "I didn't get the feeling back for over 30 minutes after we got inside. All wind sounds you hear are real — no special sound effects to make it sound cool — the sound is straight from the mic. It was fucking freezing and fucking windy. The blizzard came from Sweden where it had closed cities and roads and it got worse later on during the night. The images actually do not give the cold justice."
The video can be seen at OffTheRecord.fi
The vinyl version of "Vertikal"
, the new album from CULT OF LUNA
, will be made available in the U.S. on March 26. Only 1,000 pieces will be manufactured for retail and online purchase in the U.S. The gatefold LP will be foil-numbered and priced significantly lower than the currently available import vinyl.
The album can be pre-ordered/purchased here
was released in Europe on January 25 via Indie Recordings
and in the U.S. on January 29 through Density Records
. In addition to the regular CD, there is a limited edition of "Vertikal"
, including one bonus track.
According to a press release, "Vertikal"
marks a much-anticipated return for the band after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang
's classic expressionist science fiction film "Metropolis"
. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from CULT OF LUNA
, but never overcomplicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.