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Review of 'Spirit/Light/Speed', the new album (out July 2000) from Ian Astbury, the front man from The Cult.
The Cult Homepage|
Complete fan page: discography, tour dates, tabs and lyrics.
Unofficial site for The Cult with discography, rarities, news, and photos.
Taokow's Love Removal Machine|
Tribute to The Cult.
Kevpa's Lyrics and Stuff - the Cult Lyrics|
Listed by album and by title; also includes pictures.
Collector's guide offering information on releases from 1983 onwards.
Southern California based tribute band. Features concert dates and sound files.
Phoenix based tribute band. Features show dates, photos, and news.
PopMatters - The Cult|
Overview of the band's career and reviews of their albums.
Southern Death Cult|
Early 80s post punk/goth rock band. Before the Cult, there was the Southern Death Cult.
Beggar's Banquet: The Cult|
From the band's UK label, featuring a mail-order only release.
The Cult Homepage|
Includes discography, tour dates, tablature, and lyrics.
Sonic Temple (Audio CD),07 March, 2000|
List price $15.98
Over the top hard rock. / 3
In the late '80s, the Cult appeared poised to conquer the world. With producer Rick Rubin, they stripped bare their sound of excess production and recorded a raw, blues-based rock record (in "Electric"). For its followup, the band kept the hard rock, but eschewed Rubin's minimalist approach in favor of over-the-top arrangements. The resulting album-- "Sonic Temple"-- is significantly different from its predecessor, but like "Electric", it has a deciding lack of consistency, when it's good, it's great, but unfortunately, it misses as much as it hits.
And certainly looking at the first two tracks, it's not hard to see both sides of this. Both "Sun King" and "Fire Woman" feature mellower introductions recalling the gothic-tinged psychedelia of "Love", but both quickly move into extended riff-based rock performances. The critical difference between the two appears to be singer Ian Astbury-- on the former, he sounds almost lazy and minimally uninspired, with a lack of energy and conviction behind the vocal, on the latter, he's downright vicious-- aggressive, powerful and assertive, full of swagger and attitude. And the difference makes "Sun King" pretty forgettable and "Fire Woman" extraordinary.
"Sonic Temple" does hit now and again-- single "Edie (Ciao Baby)" hearkens back to the band's old days-- clean tone, processed guitars, a passionate solo and a superb vocal delivery from Astbury. "New York City" is something totally bizarre-- blues based rock meets punk meets an almost stride feel, and while Astbury seems a bit unengaged with the bombastic "Sweet Soul Sister", it's such a fine slice of hard rock that even his somewhat flakiness on the performance can't take it down a notch. But for each of these, there's something soaked in too many overdubs ("American Horse"), a bit too light songwriting ("Automatic Blues") or in desperate need of editing (the over seven minutes "Soul Asylum"-- there's a fantastic four minute song in there...).
It is inconsistent, but like "Electric", "Sonic Temple" has enough great material on it that it's a worthwhile purchase.
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Ian Astbury leaves gig with Doors members to relaunch The Cult (Asbury Park P...
Ian Astbury has moved on from playing in a band with members of The Doors to relaunch his '80s hard rock group The Cult, the singer said Thursday. "I have decided to move on and focus on my own music and legacy," Astbury, 44, said in a statement e-mailed by The Cult's publicist Todd Brodginski. Astbury has been performing the past four years with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, 68, and guitarist ...
Ian Astbury leaves gig with Doors members to relaunch The Cult (Fox 6 News Sa...
Ian Astbury has moved on from playing in a band with members of the Doors to relaunch his '80s hard rock group The Cult.
Ian Astbury leaves gig with Doors members to relaunch The Cult (The San Franc...
LOS ANGELES - Ian Astbury has moved on from playing in a band with members of the Doors to relaunch his '80s hard rock group The Cult, the singer said Thursday.
Kevin Costner part of Speedway lineup (The Press-Enterprise)
There will be a whole lot more going on than souped-up cars making left turns at extremely high rates of speed this weekend at California Speedway in Fontana.
Mary Foster Conklin Wednesday, March 7 @ 8PM and 9:30PM Enzo's Jazz Room at t...
MARY FOSTER CONKLIN Wednesday, March 7 @ 8pm and 9:30pm 22 East 38th Street (at Madison Avenue) (212) 802 0600 in the Whaler Bar located in the Lobby.
Careers on wax roll out red carpet for box office success (Equinox)
There's a saying in Hollywood that all actors secretly desire to be a music star, and that all music stars think they can act. However, over the years many musicians have fallen victim to their desire to be on the big screen, starring in films that do little more than fizzle out in the theaters.
Bursting bubbles of fame keeps Bobby Conn high on performing (The Morning Call)
Bobby Conn may be star-struck, but he's not shy about striking back at the illusions created by himself and others.
"Doors" singer Astbury hangs up leather pants (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
British rock singer Ian Astbury has quit the Doors revival band formed by two of the legendary group's members, and will resurrect his old combo the Cult, he said on Thursday.
Ian Closes The Door on the Doors (antiMUSIC)
(BW&BK) THE CULT vocalist IAN ASTBURY has officially moved on from working with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of THE DOORS. The band, performing under the moniker RIDERS ON THE STORM, has toured the world extensively over the past four years, and had just completed a sold-out 13-date tour of Europe.
Vista Express Upgrade Not On Schedule (WebProNews)
There was only one decent reason to buy a PC in the months leading up to the launch of Windows Vista: the Express Upgrade program, which gave buyers of new PCs with Windows XP a free or cheap upgrade to Vista. The "Express" part of the upgrade is turning out to be a bit misleading for Dell customers , with the upgrades arriving on a first-come first-served basis in as many as 6-8 weeks, plus a ...
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