The Cult

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The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the US in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". The band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of the Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since their earliest form in Bradford during 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.

After moving to London, the band released the album Love in 1985, which charted at No. 4 in the UK, and which included singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain". In the late 1980s, the band supplemented their post-punk sound with hard rock in their third album, Electric; the polish on this new sound was facilitated by Rick Rubin, who produced the record. Their fourth album, Sonic Temple, proceeded in a similar vein, and these two LPs enabled them to break into the North American market.

By the early 1990s, the band were fraying behind the scenes, due to alcohol abuse and off-stage tensions, leading to a break-up in 1995. The band reunited in 1999 and recorded the album Beyond Good and Evil, and they reissued all of their albums in Asia and Eastern Europe in 2003 and Japan in 2004. In 2006, the band reformed again to perform a series of worldwide tours. In October 2007, the band released the album Born into This, on the Roadrunner Records label.

In July 2009, Astbury announced that the Cult would not record or produce any more studio albums, focusing on EPs and digital releases instead for new material, though he subsequently changed his mind and declared that there would be another album in the near future. The band have since released two more studio albums: Choice of Weapon (2012) and Hidden City (2016).

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Dreamtime 3 3
1985 Love 9
1987 Electric 5 10
1989 Sonic Temple 3.5 9
1991 Ceremony 5
1994 The Cult 2 4
2001 Beyond Good and Evil 2
2007 Born Into This 4
2012 Choice of Weapon 2
2013 Electric Peace 1
2016 Hidden City 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Pure Cult: For Rockers, Ravers, Lovers and Sinners 5
1996 High Octane Cult: The Ultimate Collection 1984-1995 1
2000 Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995 3
2000 Best of Rare Cult 1
2000 Rare Cult 1
2006 Cult Comp. 1
Rare Cult (The Sonic Temple Demos) 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 New York City Blues 1
1993 Live Marquee London MCMXCI 1
2008 Music Without Fear 1
2009 Cult Live 2
Dreamtime: Live at the Lyceum 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Spiritwalker 1
1984 Resurrection Joe 1
1985 Rain 2
1985 Revolution 1
1985 She Sells Sanctuary 3
1987 Wildflower 1
1987 Lil' Devil 3 3
1989 Edie (Ciao Baby) 2
1989 Fire Woman 2
1989 Fire Woman 1
1989 Sun King / Edie (Ciao Baby) 1
1990 Sweet Soul Sister 2
1991 Wild Hearted Son 1
1994 Star 1
2001 Rise 2
Coming Down 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1988 The Manor Sessions 2
1991 Fire Woman / Edie (Ciao Baby) / Sun King 1
1991 Love Removal Machine / Lil' Devil 1
1991 Rain / Revolution 1
1991 Resurrection Joe / She Sells Sanctuary 1
1991 Spiritwalker / Go West 1
1991 Sweet Soul Sister / Live 1987-1989 1
1991 Wildflower / Live 1986-1987 1
1992 Heart of Soul 1
1993 The Witch 1
1997 The White EP 1

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