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Umeå, Sweden (1998 – present)

Cult of Luna is an // band formed in 1998 in Umeå, Sweden by guitarist/vocalist Johannes Persson and vocalist Klas Rydberg. After some member hunting and rehearsals CoL had its first line-up consisting of: Klas Rydberg, Johannes Persson, Magnus Lindberg, Erik Olofsson and Fredrik Renstrom. After a short period of time, Fredrik had to leave due to some personal difficulties.

When practice started to pay off, CoL recorded a two-track demo in January 1999. After some more rehearsals, the band felt that to fully live out their dream of sound experimenting, an additional member was needed to handle the electronics. Since Magnus had both knowledge and equipment, he was an obvious choice. Given that Magnus had handled the drums earlier they needed a new drummer, who they found in the mutual friend Marco Hilden. A new bass player was also found, named Axel Stattin. Another mutual friend helped CoL release their first record. Tim Bertilsson, head of Trust No One Recordings released a 7” split vinyl with his own band Switchblade.

Watching a concert at the Trastock Festival, year 2000, UK label Rage of Achilles got in contact with CoL. Pretty soon after that it was agreed that RoA was to release CoL’s debut full-length album. Release date was September 14th 2001.


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  • CrusselRow

    Just started relistening to Vertikal. I forgot how fucking destructive this album was.

    17 Jul 8:00am Reply
  • killzapandead

    Dark City, Dead Man is their most beautiful track.

    15 Jul 8:36am Reply
  • idevourpeople

    i wanna marry this fucking-amazing band.

    14 Jul 5:21pm Reply
  • CosmicPi

    A force of the cosmos.

    2 Jul 2:28am Reply
  • Shaythan

    Supreme performance @Inferno Festival!

    30 Jun 1:36am Reply
  • farewe1llnote

    Yeah, 'Dark City, Dead Man' is their prettiest effort for sure. However, the entire 'The Beyond' is sweet as well.

    27 Jun 12:44pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    I can't disagree. Highly atmospheric stuff which I just adore in music, CoL being one of those bands that can nail it.

    24 Jun 4:08pm Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    Dark City, Dead Man is too good for it's own good. It's their masterpiece. However, their entire discography is extremely solid and I can't stop listening to Mute Departure.

    24 Jun 12:08am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    There isn't much that can come close to 'Dark City, Dead Man' imo.

    23 Jun 5:04pm Reply
  • Ljungberg_

    Vertikal is their worst album so far.

    12 Jun 10:35am Reply
  • padavanGreg

    Eternal Kingdom is an overwhelming abyss.

    8 Jun 9:13pm Reply
  • s3nny

    @Arueris why not neurosis?

    3 Jun 2:28am Reply
  • Self-MadeWolf

    Interview with Johannes for Twilight Magazine: [German & English version]

    2 Jun 8:54am Reply
  • SiMonvmentvm

    Bros should check out Vertikal II if they haven't yet. I think it's generally been overlooked and it has some nice material on it (i.e. end of Shun the Mask).

    26 May 6:48pm Reply
  • Arueris

    Cult of Luna, along with Down and Isis, is one of the few bands whose sound really gives that 'sludge' feel. It's dark, it's tough, it's muddy, it's not easy going though. Na, this band is pretty much the exact opposite of easy listening, but it's worth it. Amazing act.

    20 May 7:37pm Reply
  • Shaunography

    @brenmi I definitely agree with you. They are fairly easy to pick out, I mean - listen to 'Mire Deep' or 'Adrift' and there's no way that it could be anyone else but Klas. I'm a fan of both, but Johannes' vocals are my favourite from the members of CoL. I disagree with Sculpy's verdict on Klas' live performances though, they are just intense. His "looseness" just shows me how much he's getting into the music,.. helps to keep it feeling human rather than robotic

    12 May 6:09pm Reply
  • brenmi

    I can hear more emotions in Johannes' vocals; they may be even a bit more diverse than Klas' extremely monotone ones. Sometimes musicians are unable to play live as great as they do in a studio but this is not a case of CoL - their live performance was absolutely amazing!!

    11 May 4:34pm Reply
  • Sculpy

    Klas and Johannes sound pretty similar to me. I prefer Klas' vocals slightly more on recordings, but live, Johannes is much tighter. Klas was always a little loose with the lines when he performed them, which annoyed me a little. But... "Music will never get any better than Cult of Luna" [2] Totally agree.

    5 May 3:34am Reply
  • cjgrove1977

    Music will never get any better than Cult of Luna

    4 May 5:51pm Reply
  • InSorrowWeTrust

    Vertikal is just too good~

    3 May 4:47pm Reply
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