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Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas, Mariner (Indie Recordings)




Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas, Mariner (Indie Recordings)
Cd Reviews: May 5, 2016

05/05/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas, Mariner (Indie Recordings)

The last time I really checked in with Swedish noise-metal quintet CoL was way back in 2006, upon their Somewhere Along the Highway LP, which left me intrigued to some extent, mainly due to their obviously being the best act on the Earache Records roster. While those guys were trudging their way through the Aughts, sympatico Brooklyn singer Julie Christmas tried to make a few albums happen with the band Made Out of Babies, then went solo/hired-gun, contributing to projects involving Dayton, Ohio’s beloved Mouth of the Architect and members of Dillinger Escape Plan. She thus became a metal-version prototype of Zola Jesus in that right, and is found here contributing to several new tunes from Cult of Luna, whose direction hasn’t changed much. Like a vision of Neurosis doofing around with Birthday Massacre, these things swirl around like an acid fog, Christmas’s borderline-dance-pop sing-song lines adding a very welcome fragility to all the doom and despair. I dunno, I personally couldn’t think of any better way to do this kind of thing.





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