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The Cult
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Alternative Name Death Cult
Group Members Ian Astbury
Billy Duffy
John Tempesta
Grant Fitzpatrick
Damon Fox
Past Group Members Les Warner
Ray Mondo
Nigel Preston
Jamie Stewart
Mark Brzezicki
Kid Chaos
John Webster
Eric Singer
Mickey Curry
Matt Sorum
James Kottak
Charley Drayton
Michael Lee
Kinley Wolfe
John Sinclair
Craig Adams
Scott Garrett
Martyn LeNoble
Billy Morrison [
|Justin Sullivan]
Music Genre (Text) Hard rock
gothic rock
heavy metal
Music Genre Hard Rock
Origin Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Year(s) Active 1983 (1983)–1995
Record Label Beggars Banquet
Warner Bros.
Cooking Vinyl
Dine Alone Records
Official Websites thecult.us
Associated Acts Southern Death Cult
Theatre of Hate
Death Cult
Guns N' Roses
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The Cult are a British rock band formed in 1983. Before settling on their current moniker in January 1984, the band performed under the names Southern Death Cult and Death Cult. They gained a dedicated following in the UK in the mid-1980s as a post-punk/gothic rock band, with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman". The band fuse a "heavy metal revivalist" sound with the "pseudo-mysticism ... of the Doors [and] the guitar-orchestrations of Led Zeppelin ... while adding touches of post-punk goth rock". Since their initial form in Bradford during 1981, the band have had various line-ups; the longest-serving members are vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the band's two songwriters.

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