BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (2001)


*taken from FB @officialcult

 

IAN ASTBURY - VOCALS
BILLY DUFFY - GUITAR
MATT SORUM - DRUMS
(MARTYN LENOBLE - BASS ON 'BREATHE', 'SPEED OF LIGHT', 'TRUE BELIEVERS' AND 'MY BRIDGES BURN')
(CHRIS WYSE - BASS ON ALL OTHER TRACKS)
(TOURING MUSICIAN: BILLY MORRISON - BASS)
(TOURING MUSICIAN 1999-2002: MIKE DIMKICH)


In 2001, the band signed to Atlantic Records and recorded a new album, Beyond Good and Evil, originally being produced by Mick Jones of Foreigner, until Jones bowed out to tour with Foreigner.

Astbury and Duffy co-wrote a song with Jones, an odd occurrence, as in the past, neither Astbury or Duffy would co-write their material. Bob Rock was the producer, with Martyn LeNoble and Chris Wyse as recording bassists, as Mike Dimkich played rhythm guitar on tour, and Matt Sorum returning as drummer. Although Sorum has previously toured with the band on the Sonic Temple tour in 1989, this was the first time that he had recorded a studio album with the band.



However Beyond Good and Evil was not the comeback record the band had hoped for. The first single "Rise", reached No. 41 in the US, and No. 2 on the mainstream rock charts, but Atlantic Records quickly pulled the song from radio playlists. Astbury would later describe the experience with Atlantic to be "soul destroying", after Atlantic tried to tamper with the lyrics, the record cover, and choice of singles from the record.

In late 2002, Ian Astbury declared the Cult to be "on ice" indefinitely, after performing a brief series of dates in October 2002 to promote the release of the Music Without Fear DVD.