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Eternal Kingdom

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Length  60:54
Artist  Cult of Luna
Producer  Cult of Luna
Genre  Post-metal
Eternal Kingdom (2008)  Vertikal (2013)
Release date  16 June 2008
Label  Earache Records
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Released  June 16, 2008 July 8, 2008
Recorded  Tonteknik Studios in Umeå, February—April 2008
Similar  Cult of Luna albums, Post-metal albums

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Eternal Kingdom is the fifth full-length album from the Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna. It was released in 2008 on Earache Records like the band's previous three albums. The album was recorded at Tonteknik Studios in Umeå where the band originates from between February to April 2008.

Contents

On June 26 it debuted at #47 on the Swedish album chart, and in 2009 the band were nominated for a Grammisgalan in the category Best Rock Band.

The album is accompanied by a bilingual hardback book and audiobook, Eviga riket, which features new soundscapes and pieces of music written and performed by the band. It was released on February 23, 2010.

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Sound

The album is said to be heavier than the band's previous efforts and has a much darker tone.

The band's guitarist, Erik Olofsson, has said the following about the new album: "It is with great ambition and struggle we have created a very heavy album. The sound is strong and progressive. Our compositions do not hold back on anything this time!"

Theme

The album has no known concept or theme. The band initially told journalists that the album had a concept based on a diary they'd found in their practice space, but guitarist Johannes Persson revealed in 2012 that the alleged concept was a hoax, designed to expose music journalists' lazy questioning.

The devised story was as follows: Cult of Luna rehearsed in an area that was once the site of a long demolished mental institution. Upon moving their practice space to a different spot on the same site, the band uncovered long forgotten relics of the hospital, including old apparatus and medical journals. Amongst the discovery was the diary of Holger Nilsson, a former inmate of the prison placed there after drowning his wife. The diary was titled 'Tales from the Eternal Kingdom'.

Digesting the diary, the band realised that they had stumbled upon the ramblings of a madman. In the diary, Nilsson blamed the death of his wife on the Näcken, a Swedish folk entity that was known for drowning locals in rivers by singing them into a trance in Swedish mythology. The diary created a completely imagined world in which owl men and tree men all contributed to a fantasy story that explained why Nilsson was innocent of the crime.

The fake concept was accepted by journalists until the launch of the Eviga riket book, when literary critics picked up on the fallacies of the story. Ahead of the book's release, Erik Jonsson of Västerbottens-Kuriren theorized that the persona of Holger Nilsson must be part or entirely fiction. The name is a play on Nils Holgersson, and other aspects of the fictional story are based on jokes within the band's personal lives.

Track listing

All music composed by Cult of Luna.

Fire Was Born

Eternal Kingdom was re-released with their first full-length live DVD Fire Was Born on April 27, 2009, along with a re-issue of Eternal Kingdom. The video entered the Swedish DVD charts in third position, while the re-released album entered at number 51 on the music charts.

Songs

1Owlwood7:40
2Eternal Kingdom6:41
3Ghost Trail11:50

References

Eternal Kingdom Wikipedia


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