Every once in a while a
band comes along that doesn’t sound like anything else out there and Cult of Luna is definitely one of those bands.
Their new album, “Salvation”, is one of the best albums to come along this year and just as their previous album,
“The Beyond”, it is getting glowing reviews from pretty much all over, but according to the band (which we had
on the phone by the way), it was also like this with the debut-album so this is not new to the band. However, there were a
few bad reviews in the Swedish press, but within the metal press there’s been praise from one end to the other, resulting
in grades like 9 out of 10 and 4 out of 5 and so on.
But although a few negative
reviews appeared in the Swedish press, it didn’t stop the band from charting at the 65th position the Swedish
chart the first week of its release, which proves that music like this actually does sell although you perhaps would believe
otherwise. But other than that the band members really haven’t been informed how much the album has been selling, which
isn’t strange since the album hasn’t even been out for a month yet. Although a pretty good start in Sweden, Cult
of Luna still find England to be the marked to keep the main focus on, while letting The States, Sweden and the rest of Europe
...And the fanbase has
been growing over the years, first of all thanks to the great albums that have come out, the over-the-top press, but perhaps
also to the touring that has been made with influential bands within hard music. The band mentions the Dillinger Escape Plan
as a great band to tour with and that tour definitely won over a few extra fans. However, touring with The Haunted was a totally
different experience altogether as, and I quote, “the thrash metal fans are extremely narrow minded.”
Cult of Luna opened for
The Haunted, which for a lot of bands would kill for, but instead of ending up like a great experience for the band, it turned
out to be a big disappointment. The die-hard The Haunted fans that attended the shows were too narrow minded to open their
ears to anything else but metal, which resulted in them ending up nearly buh-ing Cult of Luna of the stage while cheering
for The Haunted. Lesson learned, moving on.
When talking to the band,
they just got home from a three week UK-tour and two weeks in Scandinavia are following. According to the band they’ll
pass more places in the near future and hopefully even as far as Japan and Australia. So be sure to check these guys out if
they play in a town near you. I would, but I can’t imagine these guys playing in The Faroe Islands in a million years.
* “Salvation” is out now on Earache Records