Ouf, there are CDs which are really hard to be reviewed, even if you like them. There are CDs that you like and you don’t actually know why. There are CDs for which both is true. One of these examples bears the title “Somewhere Along The Highway” and comes from Sweden, more precisely from the band CULT OF LUNA (which for some irrational reason I have always suspected to come from Norway, but that just as a remark in the margin). Actually I don’t like their style, which could be described as Doom/Post-Hardcore/Post-Black Metal, but for some strange reason I like this act.
To describe the music is an even greater challenge, because I have really no idea how I should describe this sound in just a few words. Let’s try with adjectives: intensive, desolate, dragging, depressing, awkward, melancholic, desperate, so actually the soundtrack to a hopeless rainy autumn day on a depraved graveyard. Yes that sums it all up, I guess.
The Swedes create here a heavy and hopeless sound-mix, which builds a mood close to the verge of despair, leading you to the deep mires of melancholy, with slow rhythms, heavy riffs, the harsh voice of Klas Rydberg and a morbid atmosphere. But the songs are not at all monotonous, they combine harder and smoother parts, growls and passages with clear vocals, there is even a banjo, so not at all boring. It requires a lot of attention and some mental power as well.
I am not familiar with their earlier works and I am not really sure that I could savor this sound very often, but if you can chum with ISIS and NEUROSIS (two bands, which I don’t like, but which are constantly named in connection with CULT OF LUNA) then you should definitely get yourselves this record! (Online August 21, 2006)