VERTIKAL (1/29/13, Density Records) marks a much?anticipated return for Cult of Luna 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 Langâ€™s classic expressionist science?fiction film â€˜Metropolisâ€™. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over?complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.
â€œVertikal is a challenging and extraordinary album, complex and aching. Like a great city that is also a machine, it has moments of great beauty, technical wonder and a deep, gaping pit of cost and loss. Cult of Luna have created a wondrous musical engine.â€? (4.5/5) â€“ About.com
â€œVertikal is a modern marvelâ€¦â€? (8/10) â€“ Decibel
â€œCult of Luna have been perfecting their art for quite some time, and Vertikal is their piece de resistance.â€? (4.5/5) â€“ MetalSucks.net
â€œA superb sixth studio album from the envelope-pushing post-metal Swedes.â€?
â€“ BBC Music
â€œVertikal is a riff monster of epic proportions.â€? (4.5/5) â€“ Alternative Press
â€œThese Swedes have done it againâ€¦theyâ€™re scaling new creative heights with this recordâ€¦â€? â€“ Noise Creep
â€œâ€¦the passion and intensity is undeniableâ€¦â€? (4/5) â€“ Revolver
â€œVertikal is exceptional in every wayâ€¦â€? (5/5) â€“ Heavy Blog Is Heavy