One of the finest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult has wrapped up the recording of Choice of Weapon, the group’s first studio album in five years.
Released on 21st of May 2012 on their new UK label, Cooking Vinyl, the album’s 10 tracks reveal the band at its rawest and most visceral, encapsulating cinematic visions and themes of love, revolt, and redemption. The track ‘Lucifer’ is available as a free download through the band’s website www.thecult.us, while 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, which UK magazine, Mojo, 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 album was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy and 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. They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft Choice of Weapon. (Astbury)
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, and I feel this is one of our best records, maybe the best. (Duffy)
The album is released as a special edition fan pack on May the 14th, followed by digital and double vinyl on May the 21st, with the CD and deluxe CD’s on June the 4th.
Choice of Weapon Track Listing:
01 ‘Honey from a Knife’
02 ‘Elemental Light’
03 ‘The Wolf’
04 ‘Life & Death’
05 ‘For The Animals’
07 ‘Wilderness Now’
09 ‘A Pale Horse’
10 ‘This Night In The City Forever’
Choice of Weapon – Bonus Tracks:
- ‘Every Man And Woman Is A Star’
- ‘Until The Light Takes Us’