The Cultis an English rock band which was formed in 1983. The band was a leading heavy metal and hard rock band, in England, with a slight psychedelic style. The group were influenced by The Doors, AC?DC, and Led Zeppelin. They also played a little punk rock goth rock which was a new style at the time. In the mid 1980's some of their hit songs included, She Sells Sanctuary, Rain, and Revolution. The bandís first first studio record was recorded in Wales in 1984. Then in the late 1980's they broke loose with the heavy metal style music with the song, Love Removal Machine. Their most successful commercial album was Sonic Temple, which was released in 1989. The band was losing ground after 1989 because of alcohol abuse and off stage tension. The band split up in 1995 and claimed they had problems while they were on a South American tour.
The Cult reorganized between 1999 and 2002 and released the album, Beyond Good and Evil. They also reissued all of their previous albums in Asia and eastern Europe in 2003, and in Japan in 2004. In 2006 they gathered together again and performed a series of worldwide tours. The band went on to release another album in October, 2007 and it was called Born Into This. The album was released on the Roadrunner Records label. The band also played in festival and headline dates and supported The Who in the summer of 2007 and with a U. S. headline following it.
The Cult has not had any member lineup last more than two years together. There were many changes made throughout their history as a band. In 1981, Ian Astbury joined the band in Bradford, England as the groupís lead singer and renamed the group, Southern Death Cult. The band was together for about 16 months and released a double A-sided single called Moya. They also toured with Bauhaus and Theatre of Hate, before they broke up after their performance in Manchester in 1983. Ian Astbury released his Music Without fear DVD in 2002, and he also recorded another album but as of 2007, had not yet been released. All of The Cultís records were remastered in October, 2004, and issued again on CD, this time in Japan, with different sleeves.
The group reunited in 2005, for a world tour in 2006, which was their first live appearance in three and a half years. The lineup of The Cult is now, Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (lead guitar), John Tempesta (drums), Mike Dimkitch (rhythm guitar), and Chris Wyse (bass player). Their first performance was in San Francisco, California, in May, 2007, the band signed on with Roadrunner Records label and released their eighth album California, at the Filmore. The show was recorded live and sold right after each show. The Cult has released a total of 15 live studio albums and compilations, 3 box sets, 27 singles, 7 music videos, and 2 tribute albums.
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