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Bradford, United Kingdom (1981 – 1995, 1999 – 2002, 2006 – present)

The Cult are an English band that gained a dedicated following in their native Britain with mid- singles such as “She Sells Sanctuary” before breaking into the American market in the late- with songs such as “Love Removal Machine”. Known for having “firmly set its sights on neo-metal godhood”, the band fuses a heavy revivalist sound with “the pseudo-mysticism” of “The Doors, the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin, and the three-chord crunch of AC/DC, while adding touches of ” in the words of critics. Since their earliest form in Bradford during 1981, the band has had various line-ups, but the longest serving band members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, both of whom are the band’s songwriters.

Prehaps best known today for the hit singles “Fire Woman” and “Sun King” as well as the smooth, dark song “She Sells Sanctuary”, the group’s origins go back to an outfit by the name of Southern Death Cult, a 1981 project of vocalist Ian Astbury (born May 14, 1962). Exploring the boundaries of music, Astbury drew major influence from the culture and beliefs of Native Americans based on his time living in Canada in his youth, and this sense of earthy spirituality and mysticism influenced much of his music. The fledgling group, featuring Astbury alongside David Burrows (guitar), Barry Jepson (bass), and Haq Quereshi (drums), became an underground sensation and even released a dual-sided single in December 1982.


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