August 17, 2006


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Cult of Luna, Somewhere Along the Highway
Earache Records, 2006

Bucking for goth-doom-ambient indie of the year or what have you comes Cult of Luna with their fourth, and although its latex-dog-collar side doesn’t measure up to Fields of the Nephilim standards in terms of Wuthering Heights gravitas, there’s acceptable Neurosis-tribute-band gold to be panned once the intro completes its 21-sludge-chord salute. The band tries out non-conformist jangle-guitar lines on “Finland” to provide a little Moonspell flavor, which isn’t a horrible idea. “Back to Chapel Town” is demonstrative of Sufjan Stevens duetting with Sleep, a slam-drone slog through bassy Melvins-at-33-RPM gunk which sets the stage for Klas Rydberg to begin serenading a mug of Clorox in disturbed half-whispers. With that little pity party in the books, it’s back to the business of drunken WWE hollering over early Pelican discord, the shadow of Sunn0))) hanging back in case their Neurosis obeisance goes for naught; and such Neurosis fanboys they are at times, spending half the Neurosis-length record madly contributing nothing new. C+

— Eric. W. Saeger

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