Title - 'Choice of Weapon' (Cooking Vinyl)
Artist - The Cult
Renowned as one of the greatest British rock acts to have enjoyed worldwide success over the last few decades, The Cult have finally brought forth their first studio album in five years. The newly created Choice of Weapon kicks of with the barnstorming 'Honey From A Knife,' which showcases the fact that time may have taken the acute, angered edge from Astbury's vocals, but his infamous tone is still most definitely there. With a chorus that screams "We got the drugs, we got the drugs," whether they truly still have or not, this is a great way to kick the new album off!
Following that with the more sedate, if there is such a Cult offering, 'Elemental Light,' their new album on their own UK label Cooking Vinyl is ten tracks of pure, unadulterated raw and encapsulating themes. Themes of love, revolt, and redemption encircle and entwine as we flow into both 'The Wolf' (a song that smells of The Cult from 100 miles away) and 'Life > Death.'
'Choice of Weapon' 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 in late 2011. Indeed, 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, actually put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Gos (Queens of the Stone Age).
The fast-paced 'For The Animals' is followed by 'Amnesia,' a track that truly showcases that fact that with founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, the addition of drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse was a wise, solid musical choice. My God, what must they look and sound like live?!
The soaring 'Wilderness Now' is next, with the pulsating 'Lucifer' following close behind. Word from their camp is that this new album is aimed at the heart of The Cult's loyal following. If that's true, well, it hits their bullseye of expectance dead center! The electric 'A Pale Horse,' which could well turn out to be my own personal favorite from this album then bleeds into the final track on the album, the solar 'The Night In The City Forever.'