Yesterday, swedish Post-Metal mainstays Cult of Luna released the first single ‘A Greater Call’ off of their upcoming collaborative album with Julie Christmas (ex-Made Out of Babies and ex-Battle of Mice), entitled ‘Mariner’, scheduled to be released on April 8 via Indie Recordings. Check out the song below:
I personally think the song makes for a great introduction to the collaboration of these two distinctive creative forces. It starts with a slow-burning, nearly drone-like atmosphere before picking up intensity when the screamed vocals kick in around the three-minute mark in unison with Julies’ beautiful melodic singing over a tremolo-picked riff. A decidedly sludgy part follows, boasting a memorable riff and something akin to a short guitar solo. Julie Christmas enters the fold once more to deliver a counterpoint to the powerful screaming by a kind of half-sung, half-spoken melody. The song ends with a repetition of the chorus giving way to a droning ambient part once more.
‘A Greater Call’ contains all trademarks of a great Cult of Luna song and adds to this formula with the distinctive vocals of Julie Christmas. If this song is any indication of what is to come, this collaboration might be a candidate for album of the year already.