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Choice Of Weapon [CD]

The Cult Audio CD
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The Cult are an English rock band, formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in Britain in the mid 1980s as a post-punk and 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". The band fuses a "heavy metal ... Read more in Amazon's The Cult Store

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0072IVGQA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Honey from a Knife
2. Elemental Light
3. The Wolf
4. Life & 62; Death
5. For the Animals
6. Amnesia
7. Wilderness Now
8. Lucifer
9. A Pale Horse
10. This Night In The City Forever

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One of the finest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult has wrapped up recording Choice of Weapon (COOKCD548), the group s first studio album in five years. Released on 21st May 2012 on their new UK label Cooking Vinyl, its 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption. Fans can get an early taster of the album from 2pm on Tuesday 31st January when the track Lucifer will be available as a free download through the band s website www.thecult.us. Details are being confirmed for a worldwide tour and will be announced soon. Choice of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release Born Into This that the UK s Mojo magazine called a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record." Long-time Cult collaborator and producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush) - who produced one of The Cult s most successful albums, the platinum-certified Sonic Temple - put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality). The record was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band s Witch Mountain studios in the Hollywood Hills between July and December 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse. "We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today, said Astbury. They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft Choice of Weapon. The album is aimed at the heart of The Cult's loyal following. It reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives. We went deeper . . . we worked a bit harder on this record. We have great fans and they deserve our best, added Duffy, and I feel this is as strong as any album we have ever released.

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The Cult Choice Of Weapon

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Return 22 May 2012
By C Winch
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It has been said that the new Cult album is aimed at their long-standing fans. As a fan of some 30 years (SDC/Death Cult), I can say that I find it a real return to form after the disappointment of the previous album 'Born Into This'.

Ian said in an interview that it to his mind it's a return to 'Sonic Temple', but to my ears it's more sonically similar to 'Beyond Good and Evil'. (Personally my favourite Cult album and criminally underrated). There's a good mix of fast and slow tracks, with Ian's voice at it's majestic best throughout. Billy Duffy does his best Steve Jones impression on the majority of the tracks, and overall it sounds as if they are really enjoying themselves.

I recommend the Bonus CD version of the album, as the four 'Capsule' tracks are all strong and definitely add to the package.

Made to be played loud!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost magickal album 22 May 2012
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People throw around the names of The Cult's three iconic records (Love, Electric & Sonic Temple) when reviewing Choice of Weapon. While they're right to mention them, they should avoid drawing steadfast comparisons - this album still sounds like The Cult, but it's a kaleidoscopic version - as much as tracks on here could fit on those three amazing albums, some other tracks sound like the albums people try and write out of the band's history. Elemental Light sounds like it could fit on the band's self-titled 1994 album (admit it!) with it's odd rhythm and slow-burn build up to a curveball chorus. For The Animals would've fit onto Born Into This quite easily, just listen to Born Into This-era tune War Pony Destroyer. The guitar lick that opens The Wolf sounds like Love-era Cult, and there's a distinct Jimmy Page flavour throughout. Of course, all these points, to a Cult fan, are positives.

While quality of the tracks ranges from superb (For The Animals), to good (Wilderness Now), the majority of the record is astounding and pure Cult. Astbury's voice is richer than ever, Billy is still coming up with the goods, and the rhythm section John and Chris are providing the Cult with their most versatile beats and basslines since Electric.

Objectively, there's a lot here that could be deemed hammy (borrowed riffs and obtuse lyrics) but subjectively, as a Cult fan? It's tremendous, right down to Ian's weird vamping towards the end of Pale Horse. There's plenty for new and old fans alike to dig here.

PS. Get the deluxe edition, as the Capsule EPs included on the second disc and are worth playing loud

The Cult have delivered their most listenable album since Electric.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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You know there was a time, (back in the eighties) when Asbury & the Cult theatrical over the top alter egos, really struck a cord with public. Not so any more, perhaps folk are more cynical these days.
Anyhow, I would probably describe this record as a "Lap of Honour" similar to Pink Floyds's "Division Bell". Not that it's a bad album; it just doesn't add anything new to their back catalogue. One of the reasons for this is using chuffing Bob Rock again, one of the most unimaginative producers ever. The Cult should have tried to get Rick Rubin (He worked on the Electric Album & "The Witch" one off single)
So in conclusion, If you a big cult fan, it a perfectly fine addition, but if you new to the works of the Wolf Child, I would go for "Love" or "Electric". Thankq & goodnight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fully Loaded Weapon Indeed. 22 May 2012
By Stayve
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A welcome return after a five year studio absence from Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy. I wouldn't say it's an album that harks back to their earliest raw days at all, but it's certainly got a lot going for it. Arguably it also shows off some of Duffy's best guitar work for quite some time. Soundwise it's not too far away from the "Sonic Temple" and "Ceremony" era of the late 80's and early 90's but without sounding too dated, not that those albums sound dated but a quite a few of the tracks wouldn't sound out of place on either of those albums. "Life>Death" and "For The Animals" are particular stand out tracks for me on first listen. It also features some top notch work from former White Zombie drummer John Tempesta and one time Ozzy bassist Chris Wyse.
Production wise it's very soild, but that isn't surprising when you have the huge talents of "Sonic Temple" and former Metallica (amongst many others) producer Bob Rock and former Masters of Reality mainman and Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age and UNKLE producer Chris Goss working together on it. All in all it's never going to be as classic an album as "Love", "Electric" or "Sonic Temple", but it's certainly very good in it's own right. And for a band that have been knocking out some of the finest British rock tunes of the last few decades, it's a lot better than what many bands half their age are churning out.
2012 seems to be a good year for older bands and artists to be releasing new material that is their best work for a long time such as the new albums from Killing Joke and Orbital to name just a couple. And that my friends can only be seen as a good thing!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Cultest" Cult album. 24 May 2012
By Phil On
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Well, it's always party time for me when a new The Cult album shows up, and this ain't different this time!
I can't say there's any Cult album I don't like, so if you want neutral, fair opinion, maybe I'm the wrong person to ask, but there's always some albums that are better than others.
As a whole, I believe this one is much better than Born into this or even Beyond good and evil.
The band (yes a true band now, not just Astbury/ Duffy & some guys) is very tight and focused, the identity of THE CULT has never been clearer and solidely branded into the songs.
Half rockers, half mid-tempo/or ballads (well, Brother wolf type of ballads), the whole thing is very strong, and feels very achieved.The production serves the music extremely well, not over-produced (somebody said Sonic temple?), not too stripped-down (Electric anyone?)...Just right.
There are definitly some recycled riffs or vocals here and there (from Dreamtime to Sonic temple or Love), but it never feels like a lack of creativity rather than an affirmation of their style.
I personaly wouldn't have mind some longer solos from Billy Duffy...But whatever, people seem to favor shorter tracks (download syndrome?).

As I said Weapon of Choice as a whole is probably better than the two previous efforts, although so far, it seems to me like it's lacking a "Tiger in the sun", a "Breathe" or a "True believers"...An anthemic song.
Although "Life> death" and "Elemental Light" are serious contenders...So let's wait a while.

The deluxe edition is definitly worth every penny (especially if you didn't already owned the capsules), "Embers" being one of the best song of that duo-pack.
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This is what its all about, kick ass rock & roll from the under rated masters, love love love it!
Published 28 days ago by j Hoare
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Fantastic album, almost worn out. Takes me back to the festival days and Cult gigs! Like a fine wine they get better with age!
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The Cult's best album since the other one with the equally fine 'choice of cover'. Yes that's right - the one with the big ram on. Quality album all the way.
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