The Cult is a hard rock band formed in 1981. The band was previously known as Death Cult
and Southern Death Cult
before settling on the Cult to play down their goth rock roots. By the band’s third album, they had almost all but shed their goth rock sound for a more straight forward hard rock one. The band has released eight studio albums, two EPs, two live albums, and various greatest hits compilations.
Due to the rise of grunge in the early 90’s, the Cult’s self titled sixth studio album (The Cult) received poor sales and the band went on hiatus. It wasn’t until 1999, when Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy reunited with former drummer Matt Sorum, that the band recorded new material. With Martyn Lenoble of Porno for Pyros on bass, the band recorded Beyond Good and Evil, which for a time had the mock title of Bring me the Head of Dave Grohl, in reference to his hand in Nirvana and the grunge boom.
The band took another hiatus in 2002, with Ian Astbury working with members of The Doors and Matt Sorum joining a few of his former Guns N’ Roses band mates to form Velvet Revolver. In 2006, Astbury reunited the band for a string of shows as well as an appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A massive tour followed throughout the year and 2007 will see the release of some new material, as well as a European summer tour.
On the 1st of october 2007 the new album ‘Born Into This’ saw the light. The Cult is expected to return to mainland Europe in the first half of 2008.