on 9 May 2014
This is really a compilation of two different bands. As someone who was there, and still absolutely loves the Death Cult EP, the subsequent change of drummer was the beginning of the transition to them becoming The Cult. On meeting Billy Duffy (ex-Theatre of Hate) Ian Astbury decided to leave Southern Death Cult and the two of them recruited Ray Mondo and Jamie Stewart of Ritual as the rhythm section of Death Cult. Ray played drums on the Death Cult EP (tracks 2-5) which in my opinion is what makes it so brilliant. Ian and Billy wanted him to play in a more locked-down, minimalist style for God's Zoo and in the end brought in Nigel Preston (ex-Theatre of Hate) instead. Nigel was with Sex Gang Children and the two drummers effectively swapped bands. God's Zoo and all the tracks 6 onwards are really the band that would become The Cult, leaving the goth, chicken dance sound behind for a more drum machine, rock sound. Buy this for tracks 2 to 5 they are worth every penny!
on 2 May 2004
Well what can i say apart from this contains the most definitive and best goth tracks ever written. Forget the mission this is real serious music... when i heard this it changed my direction in music completely and i put away childish things lol. This should not be thought of as like the Cult cos it isnt really the same - even tho i love the first 3 Cult albums and some Southern Death Cult too. The remaining members of Southern Death Cult teamed up with Billy Duffy to form Death Cult and really pull it off with their 4 track Death Cult EP (tracks 2-5). Great songs all of them. Driving rhythms, heavy guitars, irresistable bleak dark driving gothic guitars and relentless drum-beats and an echoing Astbury. All songs have surprisingly good melodies which blend so well with often simultaneously funky, heavy, gothic western sound.
I rate this SOOO highly, it is what you thought definitive Goth should sound like, but more than that these songs are actually VERY good, listen to the perfect track Ghostdance, a classic, original, mature, polished and creative! The single Gods Zoo, Christians, Horse Nation and Brothers Grimm are cracking tunes (the reworking on the last track isnt) and i love sea and sky but the other tracks are songs which would later change dramatically to appear on the marvellous Dreamtime album by the Cult.
This EP shows how the Cult sound evolved and is CLASS in its own right. I can only give it 4 stars as gods zoo, sea and sky and tracks 2-5 are the only tracks which are 5 star but overall 6 top tracks is enuff 4 any album and deserves 5 stars... BUY IT NOW before its deleted you wont regret it!
on 6 February 2012
This is a curious one, slotting in between the dying Goth throes of their previous "Southern Death Cult" incarnation and the evolution into out-and-out rawk rebels known simply as "The Cult". You hear familiar sounds of SDC because much of this is cutting room floor tracks that didn't make it to their debut album. The next album 'Dreamtime' [and first as "The Cult"] retained much of the Gothy undertones, but the metamorphosis into the stadium headbangers most recognise was underway. Definitely worth investment, and it has to be said, it is better than some of their later outings.
on 31 March 2014
An absolutely brilliant album,brand spanking new and sealed,a must have for any fan of the cult,very happy with my CD,a great album for a new cult fan,these are the early 12"s on CD first time release on CD, greaaaaaaaaaaat