Rolling Stone reports the album – the band’s first full-length in 5 years – is due May 22.
Co-produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E.) and longtime collaborator Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith), “Choice of Weapon” was made in several studios, including the band's own Witch Mountain as well as spots in New York City, Los Angeles and the California desert.
Rolling Stone caught up with Cult frontman Ian Astbury for an album update: “Let's put it this way – the paint's still wet. We're breaking it to you guys first,” says Astbury. “I think we missed our initial release date, partially due to the way that we ended up finishing the record. We began with Chris Goss, who is a very close friend and somebody I've been friends with for over 20 years. And we always talked about doing a Cult record together. Chris did all the refinement, helping us find the material, craft it, and I think we've been at it for quite a while. It just became attrition. Everyone was getting kind of exhausted. Kind of wearing each other out in the studio.”
“You know, there's no really clear beginning or end date, really, with the creative process,” Ian continues. “I think it's ongoing. It's almost like you're always working with different ingredients, different influences. Things can change. I mean, I personally like to take things right up to the wire, so that things are as relevant and as fresh as they can be. Like, I'm still changing some song titles right now, based upon different vibrations I'm picking up on, either from myself or within my group or from an outside source.”