I just now received a preview stream of the Cult's upcoming new release, Hidden City.
Sadly, I can't share it with y'all under penalty of death or shredded reputation. Sorry...
Although, I did get the video of the new single, "Dark Energy." See below...
As for the rest of the album, I can say that Billy Duffy's guitar tones are tremendous. Bold, fiery, vibey, and ferocious, with some very cool sustained, almost EBow-like solos in parts — as well as his usual, melodic and to-the-point aggro guitar leads in other parts.
Ian Astbury's voice sounds strong, confident, and evocative, and the songwriting is filled with great hooks, some sing-along choruses, and tons of attitude.
Hidden City — produced by Bob Rock — is the final installment in the Cult's trilogy of recordings that include 2007's Born Into This and 2012's Choice of Weapon.
"'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 album is set for release on February 5, 2016.
Here's the debut of "Dark Energy" from Hidden City:
Main photo credit: Tim Cadiente