The Cult are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a more hard rock orientated form of metal with elements of gothic and post punk and this is a review of their classic 1989 album "Sonic Temple" which was released by Sire Records.
The album starts out with a dark and retro sound along with guitar leads before going into a more harder direction along with vocals and the music is in the 80's hard rock direction along with alternative and gothic elements and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
As the album continues the music sticks to a more mainstream hard rock direction while also being a bit different than what was being played on the radio at the time and on a couple of the tracks they bring in a small amount of synths and as time goes on by acoustic guitars are brought into certain sections of the recording as well as a power ballad before returning to a harder direction and at times you can hear traces of psychedelic and blues music on this recording.
With this album The Cult moved away from their earlier gothic/post punk sound to go into a more mainstream hard rock/metal direction while also mixing in their early elements and this was their bestselling album to date.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding album from The Cult and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you probably already own this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sun King" "Sweet Soul Sister" Eddie (Ciao Baby)" and "Medicine Train". 8 out of 10.