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Published on Mar 12, 2007
The Cult are an English rock band. In the mid-1980s, the Cult was one of England's leading heavy metal revivalists, a hard rock band with slight psychedelic flourishes, influenced primarily by the Native American mysticism of The Doors and the hard guitar rock Led Zeppelin and AC/DC. The band also touched upon post-punk goth rock, a relatively new style at the time.
The Cult had hits in Britain in the mid-1980s, such as "She Sells Sanctuary", "Rain", and "Revolution" and in the late 1980s, the Cult broke into the American heavy metal market with the song, "Love Removal Machine". Although 1989's Sonic Temple was the band's most commercially successful album, the band was fraying behind the scenes, due to alcohol abuse and off-stage tensions. By 1995, the Cult had split up.