May 24, 2012

The Cult: Choice of Weapon

Law suits, break-up, reunion, a hiatus and another reunion. The Cult have survived it all. Founding members Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy have persevered over the years. Few bands can get way with sounding pretty much the same over the decade, but The Cult can. Their new album Choice of Weapon has their signature guitar sound and the current rhythm section is a rumbling freight train. Astbury's voice may have lost a bit of hits reach, but has retained the dark overtones and anger that made them a household name since the mid-Eighties.

Produced by Bob Rock, Choice of Weapon is a nostalgia trip of sorts. The Cult are here to stay, never mind their doom laden lyrics about the world going down in flames, predatory animals and evasive damsels in distress. That has also been part of the package since they started out in 1983. Expect to see a sea of high held cellphones during the power ballad Life > Death.

The Cult: Choice of Weapon

The Cult:
Ian Astbury: lead vocals, percussion
Billy Duffy: lead guitar
Chris Wyse: bass
John Tempesta: drums

Choice of Weapon is released on Cooking Vinyl. The Deluxe edition has comes with a bonus CD with four tracks that were recorded when putting the album together.

Tracks:
  1. Honey from a Knife
  2. Elemental Light
  3. The Wolf
  4. Life > Death
  5. For The Animals
  6. Amnesia
  7. Wilderness Now
  8. Lucifer
  9. A Pale Horse
  10. This Night In The City Forever
Tracks bonus CD:
  1. Every Man And Woman Is A Star
  2. Embers
  3. Until The Light Takes Us
  4. Siberian
North American tour (w/ Against Me! + The Icarus line):
  • 05/25 San Diego, CA @ Humphreys By the Bay
  • 05/26 Las Vegas, NV @ M Resort
  • 05/27 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
  • 05/30 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • 06/01 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
  • 06/02 Windsor, ON @ Great Canadian Beaverfest (no support)
  • 06/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE - Indoor Stage
  • 06/05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
  • 06/07 Buffalo, NY @ Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf
  • 06/08 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
  • 06/09 Hampton Beach, NH @ Ballroom
  • 06/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
  • 06/12 Washington, D.C. @ The Fillmore
  • 06/13 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
  • 06/15 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
  • 06/16 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
  • 06/17 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
  • 06/19 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
  • 06/20 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
  • 06/22 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
  • 06/23 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA

European Tour:
  • 06/28 Belgrade, Serbiz @ USCE Park (w/ Ozzy & Friends)
  • 06/29 Graz, Austria @ Schwarzl Freizeit Zetrum (w/ GN’R)
  • 07/01 Bucharest, Romania @ Rock the City Festival (w/ GN’R, Faith No More)
  • 07/03 Split, Croatia @ Spaladium Arena
  • 07/04 Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
  • 07/07 Zottegem, Belgium, Rock Zottegem Festival
  • 07/08 Weert, Netherlands @ Bospop Festival
  • 07/10 Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli
  • 07/13 Pizzola Sul Brenta, Italy @ Contarini Festival
  • 07/14 Rimini, Italy @ Velvet Rock
  • 07/15 Milano, Italy @ Carroponte
  • 07/17 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
  • 07/18 Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
  • 07/19 Porto, Portugal @ Mares Vivas Festival (w/ Garbage)
UK Tour (w/ The Mission + Killing Joke):
  • 09/11 Newcastle @ Metro Radio Arena
  • 09/12 Sheffield @ Motorpoint Arena
  • 09/14 Manchester @ Manchester Arena
  • 09/15 Birmingham @ Birmingham LG Arena
  • 09/16 London @ Wembley Arena

Video The Cult - For The Animals

» thecult.us

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