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VINE VOICEon 24 April 2007
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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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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on 17 January 2006
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. And finally 'Medicine Train' which starts like Yoko Kanno's 'Digging The Potato' well only because there is that soulful noise of the instrument Mouth Organ. Great song, and i really enjoy it.



Overall at the end of the 80's and The Cult were one of the fine acts to end this era of big hair, and make up. But the album is still essential, a band who followed the roots throughout. And the album should be highly taken into account.
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on 11 July 2016
Fantastic LP this album has to be one of The Cult's best if not THE best they've done every track a classic loads of songs that are memorable on it like 'Fire Woman'and 'Edie ( Ciao Baby ) 'just got a copy of their latest album 'Hidden City' ,not impressed with it at all, not a patch on Sonic Temple .
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on 20 April 2016
Bought this as a tape when it was first released when I was just a kid.
Wow! Absolutely mind blowing.
Just as brilliant a piece of work back then as it is now.

... and people still listen to rap/hip hop!

Every The Cult fan should own a copy!
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on 26 March 2013
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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on 11 December 2000
I remeber buying this when it came out... It was one of those rare tapes that I actually wore out! Every track is a classic... massive sounds from the guitars! I love it! Now I gotta order the other remastered Cult albums!
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on 22 May 2015
I have been interested in the cult much recently. I've already owned their 1985 effort ''love'' album and this muck louder than the previous album I've got. The tracks have one of guitar riffs good enough for an air guitar competition. I like the cover too with guitarist Billy Duffy posing is a pure rock album cover. And tracks are much meaner tougher sounding than their 'love' long player. One of my essential albums of my record collection
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on 5 March 2014
Released in 1989 it's hard to believe that around 25 years have passed by since this sublime classic hit your CD player and rocked it to an inch of its life.
From the opening tracks 'Sun King' and 'Fire Woman',this is an album you don't forget in a hurry,it's the most glorious kind of American style rock 'n' roll you can imagine....... I still listen to these songs-loud and often-and they still sound incredibly fresh,they never bore me,'New York City' is my own personal favourite.
Billy Duffys guitar work is sheer perfection,combined with Ian Ashbys outstanding vocals and that in a nutshell is what makes 'Sonic Temple' the album it is.
I believe The Cult still record and tour and would love to see these guys come to Belfast and hear these great sonic rockers played live,that would be the icing on the cake.
As the title says.......Rockin' swagger at its finest.
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on 15 June 2005
I was never a fan of the Cult. Couldn't stand that gothy crap.
Then my mate lent me this.
What an amazing album.
Billy Duffy shows us just what a great guitar player he is.
The Cult are an amazing band.
Superb opener "Sun King" followed by "Fire Woman" and containing a varied mixture of classic hard rock with some very nice Hammond organ thrown in for good measure.
An excellent recording.
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