It’s always been a bit of a musical oddity that Sweden can be counted on for some of the most successful pop music the world has produced, and also some of the most brutally inventive metal. Think Candlemass, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Opeth, Ghost — the list goes on and on. Since ’98, Cult of Luna have been right at the top of that prestigious group. Taking a post-metal, atmospheric approach to extreme metal on the 2001 self-titled debut album right up to last year’s A Dawn to Fear (released through L.A.’s Metal Blade Records), they’ve long been one of the most interesting metal bands on the Scandinavian landscape. It’s fitting that they’re supported by contemporary gothic rock artist Emma Ruth Rundle, as well as locals Intronaut.
Cult of Luna plays with Emma Ruth Rundle and Intronaut at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at the Fonda.