The Cult

The Cult



The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current name in January 1984, the band performed under the name Death Cult, which was an evolution of the name of lead singer Ian Astbury's previous band Southern Death Cult. 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 United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". According to music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, 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".[1] Since the initial formation of Southern Death Cult in Bradford in 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.

After moving to London, the band released their second album Love in 1985, which charted at No. 4 in the UK and included singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain". On their third album, Electric (1987), the band supplemented their post-punk sound with hard rock; the polish on this new sound was facilitated by producer Rick Rubin. Their fourth album, Sonic Temple (1989), proceeded in a similar vein, and these two albums enabled them to break into the North American market. It was also during this period that The Cult relocated to Los Angeles, California, where the band are currently based in.[2][3][4]

By the early 1990s, The Cult were fraying behind the scenes due to alcohol abuse, which prompted the band to split up in 1995.[1] 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 once again to perform a series of worldwide tours, and released the album Born into This on Roadrunner Records the following year.

In July 2009, Astbury announced that The Cult would not record any more studio albums, focusing on EPs and digital releases instead for new material.[5] However, the band have since released two more studio albums: Choice of Weapon (2012) and Hidden City (2016).[6]



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The Cult Of GHOST: Behind The Scenes and Extended Director's Cut Of The "He Is" Music Video
  –  August 25, 2017
Metal Injection is very excited to bring you the exclusive director's cut of the new Ghost video,"He Is", along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the music video, written by the very talented director himself, Zev Deans. The word “Satire ...
The cult appeal of Poppy, the perfect pop idol of the future
  –  August 16, 2017
The “cult” hypothesis is one of the most popular with Poppy ... He also speculates about the story behind Poppy and meticulously analyzes each new music video she releases. He even plays the songs backward, searching for clues. Despite the free ...
Keeping the cult of Apple thriving
  –  September 9, 2017
On Tuesday morning, more than 1,000 people will file into a giant white disc and be transported into an underground cavern. There, a white-haired oracle will reveal to them the future of technology, nay, humanity itself. This is not a religious revival nor ...
The cult of Outlander: the Kiwi super-fan who really, really loves this TV show
  –  September 9, 2017
OPINION: 'My Twitter feed blew up overnight. Literally. I had no idea I was entering this arena.' If you're an Outlander fan you're probably reading this because you want to know what's coming in season three (I can't tell you) or what Sam Heughan smells ...
Nathan Fielder: How The Cult Comedian Rules the Outer Limits of Awkward
  –  September 9, 2017
The 'Nathan For You' star tuned in to his teenage social dysfunction – and turned it into a show unlike anything else on TV Inside Nathan Fielder: How the 'Nathan For You' star took his teenage social dysfunction and turned it into a show unlike anything ...
‘American Horror Story: Cult’: The One Thing Ryan Murphy is Trying to Say
  –  September 8, 2017
Here’s what we learned from the Cult season premiere. Ryan Murphy has employed some subtlety in the past with his horror story metaphors, but all of that appears to be gone now. As he told The Hollywood Reporter, the season “really is about the cult of ...
The Cult of Aung San Suu Kyi Is Making the World Slow to Respond to Myanmar’s Latest Atrocity
  –  September 7, 2017
President Obama hugs Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after speaking to the press following their meeting at her residence in Yangon on Nov. 19, 2012. AFP/Getty Images A humanitarian disaster is developing on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, where ...
Rain. The Cult. Video
  –  September 7, 2017
This is foreshadowing, clairvoyance, telepathic. This video will bring rain. Big party this weekend on Izaak’s Porch with the kick ass Dead Band 710 Ashbury at 6pm. That’ll be fun! Let’s put out those fires too. Rain would help that. A couple inches ...
All the Cult Leaders Evan Peters Is Playing in ‘American Horror Story: Cult’
  –  September 7, 2017
American Horror Story is back, which means your Tuesday nights just got a whole lot creepier. When Ryan Murphy‘s horror anthology is good, it’s a thing of deeply disturbing beauty, switching from heartfelt portrayals of misfits to some of the most ...
Ascending the Steps to Hliðskjálf: The Cult of Óðinn in Early Scandinavian Aristocracy
  –  September 7, 2017
Abstract: This thesis is a study of the cult of Óðinn as it seems to have evolved within the newly emerging warrior-based aristocracy of southern Scandinavia during the centuries prior to the Viking Age. By approaching sources critically and focusing on ...
The Hilarious Shout-Out American Horror Story: Cult Got From Mr. Mercedes
  –  September 6, 2017
And now for some vaguely pointless speculation about what it would be like if Mr. Mercedes' Brady Hartsfield actually got involved with the cult-esque gang of clowns on American Horror Story: Cult. Really, we don't know much about what they're up to at ...
'American Horror Story: Cult' — Twisty Returns In Episode 2, But Isn't Season 7 Supposed To Avoid The Supernatural?
  –  September 6, 2017
Saying that though, there's also the possibility that the clown attacking Oz may be a copycat member of the cult who has been inspired by the legacy of Twisty. While we haven't seen anyone dress up like him yet, there's a slim chance that one of the clowns ...
Crowdfunding Spotlight – Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay
  –  September 6, 2017
I have a soft spot for story driven cooperative games, including my favorite game of all time, but most of them are either too complex, or too thematically mature to play with my kids, which is a bummer considering my almost-eleven year old’s expressed ...
What to Expect From 'American Horror Story: Cult' as It Shifts Away From the Election
  –  September 6, 2017
"It really is about the cult of personality that can rise in a divisive society. That's what this show is about. And I hope that people can figure that out." In fact, Murphy, who said he had been itching to center a cycle around Charles Manson and his ...
In Defense of Death Note 2017 – Adam Wingard’s Re-Imagining of The Cult Classic is Nasty & Fun
  –  September 6, 2017
Death Note 2017 is NOT a bad movie. On this edition of ‘In Defense of Bad Movies That Aren’t so Bad‘, I break down why everyone should give props to the latest adaptation of the beloved Anime classic from director Adam Wingard (The Guest).
Beware the cult of ‘tech fixing’ – it’s why America is eyeing the nuclear button
  –  September 6, 2017
With even Vladimir Putin now warning of global catastrophe from the recent tensions in Korea, we are in arguably the worst period of nuclear brinkmanship since the end of the Cold War. It is partly thanks to a strand of thinking among the American right ...
The ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Premiere Had Fans Rethinking That Next Trip To The Grocery Store
  –  September 6, 2017
While most of that anticipation was likely similar to rubber necking while passing a car crash, the promotional build for the show has shown that the election is only the underlying spark for the season and the cult full of clowns seems to be the real threat.
‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Review: Trump Not The Only Terrifying Thing Here
  –  September 6, 2017
the cult-themed heavy Cult from what I’ve seen is a suspenseful return for a show that has had a tendency in recent seasons to wobble. Grounded in an adrenalized version of the divisive reality that currently coats the country, the 11-episode seventh ...
The Cult-Favorite Instant Pot Is On Sale For Its Lowest Price This Year
  –  September 5, 2017
Instant Pot fever is real. More than 634,000 belong to the Instant Pot Community Facebook Group, the device has more than 21,000 rave reviews on Amazon, and one of our editors even replaced all her cookware with the Instant Pot for a week. It was also the ...
This Cold Cheese Pizza Is The Cult Favorite Your Life Has Been Missing
  –  September 5, 2017
Cold cheese pizza is not a slice of leftover cheese pizza you pull from the fridge. It’s just a normal slice of hot cheese pizza that’s topped with a handful of cold, shredded mozzarella. Not only does the mountain of cold cheese protect the roof of ...
Panda Cult Games Launches Wander: The Cult of Barnacle Bay Kickstarter
  –  September 5, 2017
You all probably know that one of my favorite artists out there is Heath “BA” Foley. I like his art so much, I got a piece permanently attached to my arm. Well, him and another couple good friends of mine are running their Kickstarter campaign for ...
The Cult of Information
  –  September 3, 2017
As we devote ever-increasing resources to providing, or prohibiting, access to information via computer, Theodore Roszak reminds us that voluminous information does not necessarily lead to sound thinking. "Data glut" obscures basic questions of justice and ...
The Cult Classic Cream Jessica Chastain Relies On
  –  September 2, 2017
A lack of humidity in the air of an airplane cabin can lead to super dehydrated skin. This cult classic skin savior, which is said to mimic a salve used by the Pharaohs in Ancient Egypt, harnesses ingredients known for their hydrating properties.
Follower of Charles Manson tells why she didn’t leave the cult
  –  September 2, 2017
The Latest on a court hearing for a follower of Charles Manson who is seeking to introduce evidence of the role her youth may have played in two murders she committed (all times local): 4:10 p.m. A former member of Charles Manson’s “family” has ...
All the cult favorites that will be 50% off during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty
  –  September 1, 2017
Ulta will be snatching souls and dollars this September as the brand unleashes its biggest sale of the year. Is your heart ready? Over 60 products will be on sale throughout the month with the prices of everything from lipstick to mascara to makeup remover ...
WWTT? American Horror Story Invites You to the 'Cult'
  –  September 1, 2017
It's not Halloween yet, but Sept. 5 will bring us something seriously nightmare-inducing. In this episode of "What Were They Thinking?" Melissa hands over her desk to colleague and American Horror Story super fan Ashley Roberts to discuss the show's
The Sordid Tale of a Godman: The Cult and the Crime
  –  September 1, 2017
The sordid tale of a godman divested of his halo by the law and the question of how he acquired it ON MAY 30TH, 2002, Ramchandra Chhatrapati published an article in his Sirsa-based Hindi daily Poora Sach, a front-page story headlined ‘Dharm ke naam par ...
Big Nicotine, Part II: Addiction and the “Cult of Pharmacology”
  –  September 1, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to lower the nicotine content of cigarettes to, ideally, “minimally or nonaddictive” levels. Public health advocates celebrated the decision; on the other hand, Big Tobacco ...
Everything We Know About ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Ahead of the Premiere
  –  September 1, 2017
Rather than zero in on Clinton and Trump, Murphy has said that he wants to examine the “cult of personality,” especially with Kai and his following. “Cult” will also be more “grounded” than the past seasons, according to Murphy, all of which ...
The Latest: Manson Follower Threatened if She Left Cult
  –  August 31, 2017
10 p.m. A former member of Charles Manson's "family" has testified that the cult leader once threatened to have her killed if she left the group. Catherine Share testified Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of fellow member Leslie Van Houten.

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