ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell joined THE CULT on stage on November 20 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles to perform the song “The Phoenix”. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
THE CULT’s new album, “Hidden City”, will be released on February 5, 2016 via Cooking Vinyl. The follow-up to 2012’s “Choice Of Weapon” was written by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy and was produced by Bob Rock, who has previously worked with METALLICA and MÖTLEY CRÜE.
The final installment in a trilogy of recordings, completing 2007’s “Born Into This” (“The Fall”) and 2012’s “Choice Of Weapon” (“Dark Night of the Soul”), “Hidden City” is a tightly woven series of experience and visions with underlying themes of redemption and rebirth threaded through THE CULT’s visceral music. Astbury’s signature baritone and blood-soaked lyrics paired with Duffy’s smouldering, textured guitar tones, create a musical environment that is fearless and peerless.
From the sonic assault of the opening track “Dark Energy”, “Hidden City” launches quickly into the dark underbelly of its subject matter. Stemming from the Spanish phrase “La Ciudad Oculta” or “hidden city,” the album reflects an awakening of consciousness through its tone and complexity.
“Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” explains Astbury. “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.”
THE CULT played its first show with new bass player Grant Fitzpatrick on October 28 at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas.
THE CULT is Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitars), John Tempesta (drums), Grant Fitzpatrick (bass), Damon Fox (keyboards, rhythm guitar).