Formed in the remnants of the hardcore band called Eclipse within the much north Swedish town of Umeå (also house to avant-hardcore experts Refused and steel extremists Meshuggah and Naglfar), Cult of Luna possess perfected a more elaborate, extremely dark progressive design of metalcore largely produced from the pioneering function of America’s Neurosis. Although barely the only music group to find motivation within the Bay Region number (Isis and Rwake also numbering amongst their disciples), Cult of Luna are undoubtedly being among the most achieved and distinctive within their personal right, making an instantaneous impression upon metallic fans making use of their eponymous 2001 debut through Trend of Achilles, and attaining additional noisecore cred with a 7″ launch on tastemaker Hydra Mind Records the next 12 months. Their sophomore work, The Beyond, solidified their standing up a year or two later on and inaugurated a fresh romantic relationship with Earache for vocalist Klas Rydberg, guitarists Erik Olofsson and Johannes Persson, bassist Andreas Johansson, keyboardist Magnus Lindberg, and drummer Marco Hilden. The final was changed by Thomas Hedlund another 12 months, and Cult of Luna extended to some seven-piece with the help of Anders Teglund (examples) for 2004’s critically acclaimed Salvation recording. Released in 2006, the conceptual Someplace Across the Highway drew even more raves, with Decibel publication rating the LP 5th among their best albums of the entire year. Arriving in 2008, the dark and punishing Eternal Kingdom gained the music group a Grammisgalan nomination (the Swedish exact carbon copy of a Grammy Prize), and 2013’s Vertikal, released via Norwegian label Indie Recordings, drew motivation from movie director Fritz Lang’s traditional sci-fi dilemma Metropolis. A partner EP, Vertikal II, slipped later that calendar year, and in 2016 the music group issued the area exploration-themed Mariner, a cooperation with American vocalist Julie Xmas (Crafted from Babies, Fight of Mice).