Cult Of Luna -- A Dawn To Fear

Cult Of LunaA Dawn To Fear

★★★☆ With this highly anticipated followup to "Mariner" (2016′s critically fawned-over duet with Julie Christmas), Cult Of Luna set a new standard for what post-metal is capable of… this sounds like a mix of Isis, the Inception soundtrack, and BTBAM. Deeply evocative, peerlessly heavy, and interesting enough to justify the uncompromising pacing (8 songs, 79 minutes).

Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas -- Mariner

Cult of Luna and Julie ChristmasMariner

★★★☆ While not entirely groundbreaking, this culmination of Cult Of Luna’s post-metal instrumentals and Julie Christmas’ melodic meanderings is undeniably fresh, winsome, and emotive. The music feels like a synthier fusion of Isis and The Ocean, and the vocals are as entrancing as they are dynamic. This one is a must-listen, and a shoe-in for Arsie competition.