Vertikal - Cult of Luna
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    100
    Put simply, Vertikal is truly breathtaking. [26 Jan 2013, p.55]
  2. 90
    An instant classic. [Apr 2013, p.94]
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    90
    The fact that after six full-length LPs Cult of Luna can still deliver an opus as challenging, engrossing and intricately layered as Vertikal is a testament to the abilities of this Swedish collective; a band who have now earned their place as one of the most essential in progressive metal.
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    90
    Every track on the Umea group's sixth album is a story onto itself. [Feb 2013, p.90]
  5. Jan 25, 2013
    90
    The end-of-year lists for 2012 are barely gone from recent memory, but you can expect to read about Vertikal again in 11 months' time.
  6. Jan 29, 2013
    80
    The rub is that Cult of Luna do the 13-minute-song thing so well on their sixth album (which is about four hours long) it's scary.
  7. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    This is music at a slow simmer, not a fast boil, and as such, takes time and patience to absorb. But the passion and intensity is undeniable.
  8. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    Mirroring the Fritz Lang film's portrayal of man operating and essentially becoming a part of a machine, the Swedish band plays their instruments meticulously and repetitively.
  9. Feb 11, 2013
    68
    Had Cult of Luna attempted to make the same record six times during the last decade, maybe they would have condensed it into a tight 30 minutes by now. That would be neither captivating nor interesting, though, and Vertikal is quite often both.
  10. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    A dark, challenging album. [Feb 2013, p.107]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    9
    Dark, atmospheric, heavy. Massive riffs and phasing synth makes this a fully immersive album, which combines the best of crushing doom metal and effervescent ambience. Full Review »