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'Vertikal I & II'
(Indie Recordings)

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Jools Green

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The previously released, critically acclaimed 'Vertikal' and 'Vertikal II' are now gathered in a digital sampler, also including the bonus track from the limited edition 'Vertikal'.

  The version of 'Vertikal' that was up on Spotify was not the album version but the individual songs, one by one without the right transitions. Cult Of Luna couldn't just replace the songs with new files so they decided to upload a new album version for the whole 'Vertikal' session called 'Verikal I & II'. So now you can listen through all the fourteen tracks in a single listen, if you have about a hundred and eight minutes to spare.

Boxing them together certainly does make sense as 'Vertikal II' is very much a companion release to 'Vertikal' and the shorter of the two releases. 'Vertikal' was originally released in 2012, five years after their previous offering, the concept album 'Eternal Kingdom'. It was two years in the making and in many respects marked a new chapter for the band.

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Their line-up was trimmed down to seven members after the departure of former vocalist Klas Rydberg and the vocal duties have been covered by guitarists Johannes Persson and Fredrik Kihlberg. The inspiration for the album comes from the Fritz Lang 1927 sci–fi movie Metropolis.

The time care and effort that was taken to create' Vertikal' is very evident, a tight cohesive sound, that is a blend of beautiful soundscapes, crushing guitars and brutal vocals all culminating in nine breathtaking tracks distilled throughout with themes of a mechanical nature, repetition and clear, linear structures, based on the imagery of the previously mentioned film, brooding and boiling in true Cult Of Luna style without being over complex and the whole album, a mood and thought creating endeavour of epic proportions.

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Eight months later they returned with 'Vertikal II', just four tracks but continuing the theme of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery, once again, of Fritz Lang's classic expressionist science-fiction film 'Metropolis'.

This shorter companion album to 'Vertikal' also contains a version of 'Vicarious Redemption' this time remixed by Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu). It's not quite as desolate or darkly haunting, the original opener which had the suggestion of an almost bleak, barren and unnatural landscape is gone and now it has more of a beautifully atmospheric and melancholic feel to it and a slightly cleaner sound than the original and with the Spotify sampler you get the opportunity to compare the two versions.

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'Vertikal I & II' is sludgy doom laden progressive Metal with a touch of finesse, another masterpiece from the atmospheric progressive Metal septet from Umeå. However, personally I think the albums are that good; I prefer to own the hard copy.

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Vertikal II:

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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