Sweden's atmospheric, post hardcore/sludge metal band Cult Of Luna team up with New York's experimental music artist Julie Christmas and mix their 2 different musical style's together and this is a review of their 2016 album "Mariner" which will be released in April by Indie Recordings.
A very atmospheric drone sound starts off the album along with some clean playing and psychedelic elements a few seconds later and after a couple of minutes aggressive screams and female vocals are added onto the recording and the music also starts adding in the heaviness of sludge metal.
When guitar solos and leads are brought into the music they are in a very melodic post metal style and the riffs also use melodies while also mixing in a touch of hardcore and a good amount of the tracks are very long and epic in length and also get very experimental while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the music also gets more atmospheric as the album progresses and the album also s ticks to a very low musical direction fro beginning to ending of the recording and there is also a brief use of male clean vocals.
Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas team up together and creates an album that takes an atmospheric form of sludge metal and mixes it with hardcore and post rock while also being very experimental at the same time, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover metaphysical themes and the harsh realities of the universe.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding team effort between Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas and if you are a fan of atmospheric sludge metal, post hardcore and experimental music, you should check out this collaboration. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chevron" and "Cygnus". 8 out of 10.