The Cult's last release was 1994 and on the basis of this album compared to the lack lustre solo outputs of Duffy & Astbury, the break would have appear to have done them some good. Having powerhouse drummer Matt Sorum back from Guns 'n' Roses helps too.
Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, this is basically a cross between "Sonic Temple" and "Love" but heavier.
The album kicks of with a huge great riff on "War (the process)", goes straight into "Saint" and continues apace with "Rise". By now you know you're in for a good ride and the air guitars are very much out.
There's a little bit of groove and one ballad to break things up a little, Ian Astbury waxing lyrical about the usual stuff (gothic, ghosts, the sky and the Devil), but it's Billy Duffy's ferocious guitar that wins you over. A collection of great guitar driven rock tracks. If you liked The Cult before you'll love this.