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Alternative & Indie - Released October 18, 1985 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 1997 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 1997 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released October 18, 1985 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 23, 1996 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 5, 2000 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 20, 1997 | Beggars Banquet

Alternative & Indie - Released April 10, 1989 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 1999 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 23, 1991 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released February 5, 2016 | Cooking Vinyl

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 21, 2000 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 5, 2001 | Lava - Atlantic

During their late-'80s heyday, the Cult were known for their Doors-meets-Zeppelin-meets-Love and Rockets style, combining mysticism, solid three-chord guitar progressions, and goth rock stylings. In their 2001 incarnation, the Cult may be more accurately described as the Doors meets Zeppelin meets Tool. Guitarist Billy Duffy seems to have discovered distortion in the seven years since their last album. Not warm fuzz tones, but bone-crunching, mind-numbing distortion. While the music has changed, it still sounds like the Cult thanks to singer Ian Astbury's consistent wails and moans. In the opener, "War (The Process)," Astbury hollers "whoa" just like the old days, except now he does it over Duffy's Metallica-like rifts and frenetic drumming by Matt Sorum. The band also shows they've been listening to Trent Reznor with the industrial overtones of "Speed of Light," but even with heavy vocal effects, they remain the Cult, thanks to a catchy chorus. For classic Cult fans, the band throws in a couple tunes reminiscent of their Sonic Temple days -- "Breathe," a rocker in the tradition of "Fire Woman," and "Nico," the equivalent of the power ballad "Edie (Ciao Baby)." Old fans may have trouble adjusting to the Cult's updated sound, but the band manages to maintain the energy of their music, creating heavy metal for the new millennium without lapsing into the pure cliché that waylays so many angry young (and old) men. © Michael Gowan /TiVo
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Rock - Released August 14, 2007 | Roadrunner Records

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Ever since 1987's Rick Rubin-produced Electric, the Cult have never shied away from reveling in the trashiest aspects of rock & roll culture. No doubt, Ian Astbury's sojourn replacing Jim Morrison in the Doors -- or, as they were litigated into calling themselves, Riders on the Storm -- must have caused the '60s to resonate with him much more than singing a tribute to Edie Sedgwick, as he did on the Cult's Sonic Temple. So in 2007, an age when pure hard rock was nothing to be ashamed of, the Cult roared back with the back-to-basics record Born into This. (As in the past, Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy are the Cult; bassist Chris Wyse and drummer John Tempesta are nothing more than hired guns here.) From the beginning of the first track, it's clear that Born into This is going to rock as hard as Electric or 1989's Sonic Temple. The Cult have obviously quit the experimentalism and art rock asides of the '90s and 2000s, in favor of something that fits in well with both Astbury's time fronting the Doors and Duffy's unapologetic metal side project, Circus Diablo. Aside from the occasional flourish of their post-punk gothic past, most of the record is the dirtiest and heaviest hard rock they've recorded since the '80s, like the trailer single "Dirty Little Rockstar" or the similarly trashy "Diamonds." Astbury's vocals are as muscular as they've ever been, although his quavering vibrato on the ballad "Holy Mountain" marks it as a latter-day Cult song. Duffy's songwriting edge may have dulled slightly, but his lead guitar and the production of longtime British associate Youth make up for any inadequacy. © John Bush /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 16, 1987 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 20, 1987 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released March 31, 2020 | Vox Humana

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 26, 1989 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 1993 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released May 22, 2012 | Cooking Vinyl