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'Vertikal I & II'
(Indie Recordings)

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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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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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