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Choice of Weapon (Deluxe Edition)

The Cult

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Co-produced by Chris Goss and Bob Rock, Choice of Weapon is the best-sounding Cult album in years, reminding fans why Electric and Sonic Temple established the group as a hard rock juggernaut after it had started as an alternative goth group. Drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse have settled into their roles, while guitarist Billy Duffy proves he hasn't lost one lick of taste or execution; he brings a wall of guitars that still manage to slink around. "Honey from a Knife" is an immediate concert staple, with a catchy, driving chorus providing the same sort of catharsis that The Cult delivered back in the late '80s. "The Wolf" adds a few quotes from the band's own "She Sells Sanctuary" while evoking the bluesy vibe of early-'70s Robin Trower. Ian Astbury sings with great soul; he's confident and comfortable in his role as an elder hard rock statesman, bringing authority to everything he touches. "Life > Death" throws a touch of James Dewar–meets–David Bowie vocals into the band's grand performance. The deluxe edition includes four bonus tracks.

Customer Reviews

A Dangerous Weapon

Charging out of the gate with Honey from a Knife, this album never lets up. Everything's on 10 and it's wonderful. This is easily The Cult's best and most inspired album of the 2000's and should rank very high in their canon, alongside Electric and Sonic Temple. I waited (not very) patiently for well over 6 months for this album to drop and it was absolutely worth it. These guys rarely, if ever, disappoint.

Going to have to chew on this one for a while...

I love "Lucifer". And, "For the Animals" is a decent track. As for the rest of the album I'm going to have to spend more time with it. Not sure yet.


The urban shamanism of poet and prophet Ian Astbury coupled with the tight arrangements and songwriting of Billy Duffy make Choice of Weapon the best record The CULT has presented since 1994. New and fresh, the recording showcases a mature beat combo on top of their game. Not to be missed whether you're a long time diehard fan or just a lover of good rock and roll with a sense of urgency and sincerity not found in commercial music. Illuminating and transcendent tones and messages. One of the few 'must-have' records of 2012. So what are you waiting for? Get these rhythms and melodies circulating in your skull!

Choice of Weapon (Deluxe Edition), The Cult
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