The Cult/Mission/Killing Joke to do stadium tour
The Cult/Mission/Killing Joke to do stadium tour

 

The Cult return!


One of the great British rock n roll bands who emerged from one of the key bands from the post punk period Southern Death Cult and went on to dominate the era between hair metal and grunge, return with a new album.



The band, who are built around the core of Mancunian whizz guitar player Billy Duffy who taught Johnny Marr how to play and the last of the great rock n roll stars, Ian Astbury (check our interview with him here)  have named their new album, ‘Choice Of Weapon’- their first studio album for five years.

With ten songs of the band back at the their most ‘raw and visceral’ this sounds very promising. Some of the songs they payed live last  year when we saw them sounded great and their is something endless alluring about Ian Astbury’s rock n roll dreaming and great voice. Released on Cooking Vinyl on May 21st its 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption.   Fans can get an early taster of the album from 2pm on Tuesday 31st January when the track ”˜Lucifer’ will be available as a free download through the band’s website www.thecult.us. Details are being confirmed for a worldwide tour and will be announced soon.

”˜Choice of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release ”˜Born Into This that the UK’s Mojo magazine called “a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record.”  Long-time Cult collaborator and producer Bob Rock(Metallica, Bush) - who produced one of The Cult‘s most successful albums, the platinum-certified ”˜Sonic Temple – put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.,Masters of Reality).

The record was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert,and the band’s Witch Mountain studios in the Hollywood Hills between July and December 2011.  The new releasefeatures founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse.  “We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today,” said Astbury.  “They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft ”˜Choice of Weapon.’”

The album is aimed at the heart of The Cult’s loyal following. It reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives. We went deeper . . . we worked a bit harder on this record. We have great fans and they deserve our best,” added Duffy, andI feel this is as strong as any album we have ever released.”

The album is released as a special edition fan pack on May 14th, followed by digital and double vinyl on May 21st and the CD and deluxe CD’s on June 4th.   The tracklisting is as follows:

Honey from a Knife / Elemental Light / The Wolf / Life > Death / For The Animals

Amnesia / Wilderness Now / Lucifer / A Pale Horse / This Night In The City Forever

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10 COMMENTS

  1. “Born Into This” is an unremitting piece of crap. Recorded in a home studio, by the sound of it, with what appears to be programmed drums, it’s like a pastiche of The Cult.
    Avoid.
    Although it is two quid in FOPP just now……

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