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The Cult/ Choice Of Weapon(2012)

The Cult pull out the stops on this ass kicker  album from 2012! Right away I dug the fact that Ian Astbury(Wolfchild/ Lead Vocalist) and Billy Duffy(The King Of Street Riffs / Guitar) totally stepped up and put out a classic Cult album! Once again the Cult never release the same album twice.

Choice Of Weapon(produced by Chris Goss and Bob Rock) though is a mish mash of all the Cult albums from Love (1985)thru to Born Into This(2007)  basically like if you dumped all the studio records into a blender Choice Of Weapon would be the end result!

The other thing is that this marks  The Cults first album ever where the same lineup recorded back to back albums! Hard to believe that Ian And Billy had that much of a rotating rhythm section album to album but they did but now they have a Continuity which i guess would be a new word for those guys!

WOWZERS….UPDATE….The Cult are releasing new music February 2016 with a album called Hidden City!  They got a new bass player so that ends the streak at 2 in regards to recording with the same lineup in the studio! Bob Rock is producing so this is Rock’s  5 th album with The Cult! New  Cult ..I’m there! Hail Wolfchild and Duffster! As my pal Space Ace would say “YAH YAH!”

In regards Hidden City it ends the trilogy started with a Born Into This and followed through with Choice Of Weapon….hmmmm gonna have to backtrack Into Born Into This….I Assasin from that disc  is a great track…..

Wolfchild,Duffy,Chris Wyse(bass) and John Tempesta(drums ) lay down the Hard Rock Law!

Now let’s trip back 3 years ……

Hell’s Kitchen D.M.C……

HONEY FROM A KNIFE- The Cult start off like they always do and that’s rockin! Duffy as always shows up with the riffs while Tempesta on the drums drives the song forward with some real driving beats! Ian shows up and the way his lyrics line up this song is the start of a kinda concept album here at Cult Central!  Cool use of piano during the verses with tambourine intact! “We Got The Drugs …..We Got The Drugs In Here!” chants the Gang like backing vocals! Once again The Cult show up with a killer album opener!  The middle part is the money shot where Ian and Billy toss the Ol hook in line  “where I’m drowning get me out of this place,” Great solo and  Ian and his Indian wild hearted self tosses down a end of the song classic  line “Kali,Fucked Up Childern!” Boom ..songs done!

ELEMENTAL LIGHT-think U2 if they had rock balls! That’s Elemental Light! Duffy gets some real chill like The Edge guitar  sounds and blasts off into another orbit. Here comes Johnny on the drums rolling those tom toms like some I know roll reefers! Great atmospheric piece and jeepers  its only track 2!

THE WOLF- The Wolf opens with big bombastic Cult Rock and befores you know the song changes tempos and how’s about some cowbell getting the shit smacked out of it by Tempesta and I dig the little Zep like synth sounds in the back during the verses! Do not be deceived by the bible and liars bellows Ian! Yah Yah! There are many in the world that will take advantage of you’s and that my friends is the message! There are a ton of Wolfs out there kids take shelter!

LIFE>DEATH- is a moody piece complete with piano and such and its a great tune. Astbury can dig himself out of the WolfChild persona but when duty calls…. Life>Death is a great tune and Duffy gets a real different sound out of his guitar….

FOR THE ANIMALS- The Cult come ripping out of the gate with the pedal pushed to the floor in regards to the music being produced, real cool use of percussion and as always there’s that catchy piano like Kiss’s  Christine Sixteen except the Cult speed up the piano by about 100 mphs. Duffy tosses down some cool riffage and there’s Astbury and listen to his voice as he once again tells us “For All The Fucked Up Childern….Starin Down The Barrel Of A Gun ” he sells the line ….Bam The Cult than tear it up! Crank the vid posted but you tube has edited the naughty words out! Fuck Censorship!

AMENESIA-This number is like a mashup of the Love album and Cermony! Duffy the genius starts with a super riff and the drums shift the tune into overdrive! Love the verse it’s a brilliant piece of written performed rock! Astbury throws it down vocally especially during the chorus! Kudos to Bob Rock for keeping a real laid back affair in the production dept! I guess Chris Goss should be commended as well!

WILDERNESS NOW-Ian and the boys slow it the hell down! Piano drives this tune! Great after dinner kind of melloishy tune as you know some crack lurks around the corner as his name is…..

LUCIFER- do not for a minute think this is some Motley Sixx “hey we’re gonna yammer on about the Devil” to move some copies of new product. Nope this Lucifer is about Crack and being high for the devil ..The running theme of helplessness continues in Lucifer! Hard to make choices when your messed up says Ian. Cool groove laid down by the fella’s in the band! Big time power chords angling all over the place from Duffy…..

A PALE HORSE-end of the album GEM! Total throwback tune! Love the bass,guitar,drums,Ian and his tambourine are locked n loaded and ready to whip the Pale Rider! This song oooozes cool! The bass from Wyse drives this tune! There’s something romantic on how Astbury phrases lines like when he sings “with a wave of my hand I will crusuuuuuush  your sweet skull!” Yeah that’s cool shit. Kudos to Bob Rock for keeping the production real live like! No bells and whistles just straight ahead good time rock n roll with a swift hard boot up the ass!  Super cool Duffy solo with Tempesta spinning the drums into submission …..great F’n track! Pale Horse according to my pal Space Ace is slang for Heroin! So there Ya go kids too much smack will crush Yer Skull!  Don’t believe me? Ask Ian and ask Space Ace!

THIS NIGHT IN THE CITY FOREVER-Ian is cruising the Subdivisions of your local neighbourhood pondering just what thee fudge is going on! Chill pace and vibe and Ian channels his inner Wolfchild and combines it with the Lizard King vocally. All of Ian’s friends are drunk in a sense of a flame! He said it not me…also of note Ian sings “toss your weapon to the ground!” I’m kinda wondering where all the fucked up Childern are?

EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IS A STAR-A great track! Duffy strums some real slick power chords and Astbury sings about there always being a light at the end of the tunnel and in this case your all stars! That’s right that’s Astbury Testament right there! Great song just a no nonsense Rock song with a positive message! Considering a lot of this album is about addiction Wolfchild kicks it in the ass and moves on! Fuck Yah Sez I!

EMBERS-5 minutes of serious Cult! This song builds musically and lifts off into areas that the Cult aren’t famous for!  Not a straight ahead rocker nor is it a pile of mush rock! Astbury grabs the reigns vocally and Duffy lays down some real good cool guitar.

UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US-Drums,guitars,bass and some cool distorted synth drive this track! Astbury during the verses sounds AHEM out there but he whips into neutral gear during the fabulous chorus! Astbury sings the chorus brilliantly while Duffy keeps pace on his guitar! Easily another Cult Classic!

SIBERIA-Gotta love distorted bass openings and Siberia does that ! Wyse plays on this album some real cool bass lines. Duffy adds a real cool atmospheric sound with his guitar. Duffy can play many styles and this album proves that! He is one talented cat! Siberia’s chorus is real goooood as Astbury sings it real good as well! Astbury as well he can sing man he’s got a distinct style. I mean no one can do the Yah Yahs …and Shake Shake Shake quite like Ian but the dude can belt a great tune and Siberia  he shows his vocal abilities! Did I just type that! Hahaha…..

IN CONCLUSION- The Cult storm back with a musical tsunami that takes us on a journey through  the streets of drug addiction and all the things that go with it! You know the deal,drugs,hookers,pimps,more drugs,needles,smack ,dead end streets,f*^ked up childern,loaded barrel of a gun! This is Cult Avenue Folks! Fasten your seat belt and get out of Dodge!

Choice Of Weapon is a fantastic concept  album and I lookie forward to Hidden City in Feb of 2016!


The Cult/The Cult(1994)


Quick observation for you’s! When Metallica put out St Anger(2003) remember when everyone went seriously cuckoo over the snare drum sound that sounded kind of tinny and drove listeners crazy?

Guess what folks,the producer Bob Rock not only produced St Anger but he also produced The Cults self titled debut from 1994 as well and listen to track 10 on the Cult album Universal You(video is posted)and tell me that sound of the snare isn’t the same kind of snare sound on Metallica’s St Anger? Pretty damn close says I!

I didn’t read about anyone ripping Rock for the production angle of the Cult album(than again there was no social media back than) but man he got sizzled in the musical electric chair over the St Anger Album….ok this wasn’t a quick observation ….

Seriously the snare drum on both of these albums does not bother me in the least…

Now ….The Cult are a exceptional band as no two albums sound alike.

The Cults Love(1985) album is trippy psychedelic rock! The great Electric (1987)album is street rock  masterpiece while Sonic Temple(1989) is Arena C%#k Rock 101, Ceremony(1991) pushed the big early 90s Arena Rock message a little further but 1994 brings new tunes from the Cult and massive shift in direction with sound! Kinda like a hard rock version of U2’s Achtung Baby(production wise) ! Hmm in the credits there’s Scott Humphrey doing keyboards and programming. Who is he you ask? Well let me tell Ya. Scottie is the fella who produced Motley Crues Generations Swine three years later (1997) you can hear a lot of this Cult album in the production angle with all the studio gadgets and such that Humphrey used on the Motley Sixx album!

In regards to  Generation Swine it had a ton of cool comments from the Arena Rock Followers  and just for the record your Honor… Ladano, only likes 3 or 4 tracks from Generation Swine….!


Just sayin!

Crazeee Antics Of A Beat Generation……

Cult 94 features Ian Astbury(vocals),Billy Duffy(guitar)and two hired sidekicks Scott Garrett(drums) and Craig Adams (bass)

For a added bonus The Cult are sporting some flashy new hairdos along with there new sound!

GONE-Wowzers, it takes all of 5 seconds to realize that the Cult 94 is not gonna sound like 1992s Ceremony album! Gone is a different breed of Cult!  Off beat piano and Fuzz bass start the tune smashing loud trebley drums,distorted guitars and the WolfChild himself Ian Astbury tossing down some F Bombs and Mother F Bombs as well! Cult 94 is a different beast! No Arena Rock posing here,nada,none zippo!

COMING DOWN(Drug tongue)-Cool, orbiting around the sonics is a synth and not before to long the band cracks into  the track. This is a straight ahead rocker that has Astbury singing in a chill kinda way in the verese before he lets the WolfChild out and slips into Rock mode in the chorus! Full out Tambourine assault is included in the track with Duffy spearheading riff a plenty! Super duper song Folks! I like this song more now in 2015 than back in 1994. Guess I’m finally coming down! Check out the live vid! Hey the Cult got haircuts but man they will still kick your ass! This shits the deal!

REAL GRRRL-I think this tune has some of Astburys best singing ever! Yep i do. Real Grrrl builds  slowly with the beat and how can you go wrong with some Na Na Na’s tossed in. The Cult never ever play the same song twice! I mean these songs go from one to another on this album and you don’t know what to expect!

BLACK SUN-This  is a great headphones record. Black Sun begins with a real cool riff by Duffy along with some cool percussion example tambourine and man Duffy is the unsung King Of Cool Riffs! He gots zillions of them and Black Sun is example of that! Astbury himself pushes the boundaries of his vocals sings low,sings deep as he totally steps up vocally on this album! Black Sun itself steps up and the pace picks up at the chorus and man what a real good well written tune!

NATURALLY HIGH-The beginning sounds like it’s from Achtung Baby. Adams and Garrett lock in with the drums and bass and they carry the tune with Duffy flinging guitar licks of brilliance throughout.

JOY-another great rock track. The song starts with drums and Billy playing quick little sounding off key riffs with a swirly keyboard buzzing over the top and than poof keys be gone! Ian and the boys speed It up during the chorus  with a ton of percussion and slow Er all down back Into the verse! The Cult Experience has taken full effect on Joy!

STAR-some weirdo synth sound starts and before you know it The Cult is firing on all cylinders! Duff and The Wolfman had a real good knack at writing singles but singles that didn’t puss out! Star is a classic here at Arena Rock! It has drive and Astbury bar nine is the greatest tambourine player in rock! Laugh and you will eat the beat! Sooo good and once again solid verses/chorus it’s all here! Watch the live the video posted along with Coming Down. It’s live ..it’s The Cult….it’s ROCK!

SACRED LIFE-Abby Hoffman,Kurt Cobain,Andrew Wood these are fellows that passed on early in life and Astbury writes some real serious stuff! People come,People Go sings Astbury while Duffy plays almost like a somber style of guitar. A great track that fits into this albums running order just fine….

BE FREE-Duffy nails Gold with the riff that starts Be Free! This song chugs at Cult Speed. Tons of cool percussion add fuel to the  Cult musical Fire! This song is a end of the album Gem as well as the next track! But first Duffy spins more cool rifffage and Garret on the drums keeps the tune in full out rock mode! Be Freeeeeeeee…..Sez Ian and he continues with “like the birds and the beeeeeeee’s” holy crap Peeps Astbury is schooling us with life lessons. Here’s some more ” don’t eat shit if  you wanna stay fit” and one more ” and “don’t get high if you wanna fry,like Dusty and me”. Also Astbury throws down about 30 “Come On’s” at the end of Be Free! Someday I  gonna just do a whole blog on Ian’s lyrics….man I love this stuff…..

UNIVERSAL YOU-here’s the snare folks! Ha….enjoy the video posted! What a Soundgardeny sound mixed with a pint  of Sabbath to knock you on your ass! This song friggin cooks… Ian and crew get real greasy and grimey here and it shows and hey how some cool Ianisms lyrically like ” all gods childeren they got ass,they got class!” Ha ha! Even though Ian ditched that cool looking Wolfhat (displayed on the cover of the Electric album) by 94 he still throws down some real good at times oddball lines but man he delivers it with real style and coolness. Put it this way if I walked around saying ‘all Gods childern they got ass,they got class” I would be locked  away for decades!

EMPORER’s NEW HORSE-builds up slow and than takes off like a rocket! Astbury throws down some real classic lines as in ” Being angry is your game,Overdosing is part of the game,So you read all this French Symbolist Poetry,You don’t even get it on the Fucking BBC!” Astbury man what can you say he tells it like it is in other words he’s middle fingering the uppity ups in society! For that I thank you kind sir! This tune drives  forward also for a added feature The chorus is real good as well! Gem I will say!

SAINTS ARE DOWN-lotsa acoustic here folks as The Cult put away the distortion and end the album on a slow kinda sweeping but epic tune! A great finish to a great album!

IN CONCLUSION-  I  appreciate  this album more now in 2015 than when I bought this on 1994. The Cult shift direction and plop down a brilliant piece of work! Bob Rock produced a deadly wall of different textures while Duffy/Astbury continue there streak of not rehashing the same sound album to album. Astbury steps up huge with his vocals and lyrics while Duffy as always is one of the  best King of Riffs(dude should get more respect) Adams and Garrett on the bass and drums as well fill the role as they stay within the confines of the song. Actually it’s to bad as The Cult imploded in 1995 but of course they came back rocking by 2001.( Beyond Good And Evil) Hey whatever happened to the drummer and bass  guy? Poor chaps they join a decent band and than a year later there unemployed….

Regardless friends check this one out…..also for another great writeup check out Mike Ladanos site for a bunch of  well written Cult Reviews including this one and if you dig around hard enough in the comments of The Cult 94 you can read my thoughts on it! All I will say is that I would bump this up one full point from my original rating of it at Mikes Site…..

Some say pushing the musical envelope…I say The Cult take that envelope and torch it!