HIDDEN CITY (2016)


*taken from FB @officialcult
 
* taken from FB @officialcult

IAN ASTBURY - VOCALS
BILLY DUFFY - GUITAR
JOHN TEMPESTA - DRUMS
(JIMMY ASHURST - BASS)
(TOURING MUSICIAN: DAMON FOX - KEYBOARDS AND 2ND GUITAR)
(TOURING MUSICIAN: GRANT FITZPATRICK - BASS)

* taken from FB @officialcult

On November 5, 2015, it was announced that The Cult would release their new album, entitled Hidden City, on February 5, 2016. The album is said to be the final part of a trilogy that began with Born into This, and marks the fifth time Bob Rock had produced a Cult album. It’s also their first album since their 1994 self-titled album not to feature bassist Chris Wyse; the role was filled by Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. For their live shows they picked up Grant Fitzpatrick on bass and Damon Fox on keyboards and rhythm guitar.

Hidden City has received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. AllMusic writer Thom Jurek gave the album three out of five stars, saying that it "touches on almost every period in their history." He continued his review, stating that "Billy Duffy's signature boogie-matic post-Electric riffing struts out in front of drummer John Tempesta's hard-swinging snare and thumping tom-tom vamp. Ian Astbury's baritone remains a tremendous thundering force, authoritatively delivering a typically messy lyric swamp of Tibetan Buddhist mysticism and Native American spirituality that warns of coming karmic consequences for exploitative and destructive behavior. Rock's wildly busy, over the top production swirls around it all."

Speaking about the album, frontman Ian Astbury says: "I find today’s gurus are trying to peddle some cure, product or insight as if it’s a new phenomenon. My place is to respond, not react, to observe, participate and share through words and music. There is no higher authority than the heart."