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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 (1 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000576CG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adamski VINE VOICE on 24 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
You had Love which was goth/rock/dance crossover, Electric was garage rock and Sonic Temple is American hard rock but if you think that sounds cheesey, boy do they do it well. Yes it's stadium rock but it still has those typical Cult moments to give each song a bit of class. The songs themselves are strong, Duffy's guitar work is sensational and Astbury is a phenomenal singer. Internal disputes and coming off the wagon meant things were never quite the same after this album but it stands the test of time as a great hard rock record. A lot of goth fans went off the band around the time of Electric and as this album is even rockier, they hated it. So ignore any negative reviews - if you like rock this album is a belter.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dante the Igniscient VINE VOICE on 22 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sonic Temple is not just the Cult's finest achievement it is also one of the very best modern metal albums. Essi Berelian, the author of The Rough Guide To Heavy Metal calls it "sublime" - praise indeed.

Everyone remembers Fire Woman and Edie(Ciao Baby) but these are not the highlights on this disc. Some of the best tracks were not released as singles. Listeners will never forget the thumping, pulsating guitar riff in American Horse or the unique and sensual opening riff to Soul Asylum. And no one can forget the relentless funk-driven riff in Automatic Blues. The guitar solo in Sun King is one of the best memories of my youth and is one of those rare ecstatic musical moments.

Bob Rock's production and Ian Astbury's howling vocals resonate throughout the tracks. Get in your car, wind the windows down, turn the volume up to eleven and drive. Women will swoon and you will become a God. Recommended? Yes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Cuthbertson on 17 Jan 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was my third album of The Cult. And after the hard rocking Electric album that saw them have large record sales in America. The album, is full of explosives Native American style lyrics and there spirtual side showing just like in Love. 12 Tracks that are absolutely superb. The opening track 'Sun King' is absolutely fantastic, and i always imagine hearing this live from the band, how explosive it could be. Just the symbols at the start and then moving on to the bass line, and then as soon as you here 'HERE'S WHERE IT ALLL BEGINS!' From Astbury is just superb. The second song is also very rocking and yet another great theme for the album. 'Fire Woman'. The album has so many good songs that could have been released as singles. 'American Horse' 'Edio' the fourth track which has a beautiful acoustic side, and also the orchestra in the background sorting Astbury's voice.
'Sweet Soul Sister' is also a beautiful song, with a nice keyboard effect. And a great guitar riff as always from this band, and once again the spirtual sides. Duffy always captures the bands sound so well. The next song is 'New York City' Which is awesome, the best rocking song on the album, fast speedy riff and great drumming, and just after i came back from New York City this song rocked in my heart. 'Solider Blue' i believe to me the next song on the album, which is pretty awesome, and once again a passionate riff that i believe even a demon would weep at!!!
Moving closer towards the end of the album, and it contains some fantastic songs, (of course i like all 12) but the album has a song 'Automatic blues' more like a Zeppelin song, like 'Black Dog' from the IV album. 'Wake Up The Time For Freedom' is a song great to chat too! Astbury to me is superb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Taylor on 26 Mar 2013
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Less "goth" than what went before (Dreamtime, Love, Electric) and more straight-forward hard rock. If you grew up liking the indie goth era of the mid 80s then this might never be your favourite Cult album as it marked a definite change of direction - probably the nearest comparison would be with say mid era Thin Lizzy.

Recently bought the download as my original version was on cassette (remember those? - I tried listening to it and had forgotten how much hiss there is on a cassette tape) - relistening to the hiss-free digital version fortunately didn't dissapoint.

To my ears its just the right mix of rock gliches and originallity, but with no mistaking who made it (the Cult sound is definitely still there). Its one of those albums where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts - there's no one stand out track just a collection of equally great songs. So if you're thinking of listening to this album for the first time a smokin' hot no nonsense rock'n'roll album - well worth a listen.
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I'm actually giving Sonic Temple four and a half stars as a couple of the later tracks could be classed as filler.
I think the one thing this cd has above all else compared with other Cult cd's i've got, is soul,it's there in spadefuls in the songs Edie and the sublime Sweet Soul Sister, add to this the superb out and out rockers Fire Women ,Sun King and Soldier Blue and you have the ingredients to make a fantastic rock album.If you like classic rock with soul then think no more ,order Sonic Temple now!
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Their album 'Love' is brilliant. This album is brilliant too, although quite different. Okay, it's more American, and at times in quite a cliched way too, but it is so strong, so powerful a rock record...The sexual energy of 'Love' is taken to another level here... This album's got balls, it's wild and crazy and over-the-top, but there is still that underlying spiritual quest and sublime quality that lifts it above the typical American rock sound by which it has been influenced.
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