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In an ingenious move often reserved for film, The Cult has announced they will be releasing a ‘prequel’ to accompany their latest critically acclaimed album, Choice of Weapon. The digital-only release Weapon of Choice reveals the songs at a stage of development that will be of interest to The Cult’s fans and followers. Weapon of Choice is a document of a work in progress and offers a unique opportunity to hear The Cult’s process. The material has not been previously released, and will be available exclusively on  iTunes for two months only beginning October 16, 2012.

 Download  “Twisted and Bleeding” here

 “These songs were turned over and over, forged in long rehearsals and writing sessions, and emanated from challenges both personal and professional,” said lead vocalist Ian Astbury

The dynamic ten tracks that comprise Weapon of Choice were recorded when The Cult returned to the studio in 2011 with producer Chris Goss. The songs were conceived in New York, Los Angeles, the California desert and the band’s Witch Mountain studio.

Weapon of Choice Tracklisting:

1.   Aurora

2.   Blackie

3.   The Bones

4.   Decado

5.   Elemental

6.   Gibraltar

7.   Twisted and Bleeding

8.   Militant

9.   Supreme


We put our guts into this; Goss was able to create an environment where the songs were born through playing and turning over lyrics, through hard work and intense sessions,” continues Astbury. “These songs have an integrity and rawness of their own. In many ways it’s a different album to the one we released and reveals the foundations of Choice of Weapon. We were able to close the doors and begin to explore spaces we had not been in for a while.”

Now The Cult has revisited the Chris Goss material to unveil the creative process and foundation behind Choice of Weapon. Followers of The Cult can keep up with interactive countdowns leading up to the release and take down of Weapon of Choice on the band’s website and social media properties.


2012 Brings Repeated Chart Success For Cooking Vinyl in Uk & Ireland

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2012 Brings Repeated Chart Success For Cooking Vinyl in The Uk and Ireland

  • Two UK top-ten albums so far this year from The View and The Enemy
  • 8 charting albums in 2012 so far
  • Success cements reputation as powerhouse independent label

 Cooking Vinyl is having a great year in 2012, as albums by recent signings achieve chart success, including two UK top-ten releases. Scottish indie-rockers The View recently received excellent reviews and yesterday achieved a #9 in the OCC Album Chart with ‘Cheeky for a Reason’ (which also hit #1 in the Independent Album Charts), propelling them onto the Summer’s festival circuit, including dates at Reading and Leeds Festivals. One of several key releases in May, The Enemy’s ‘Streets in the Sky’ also charted at #9 in the OCC Album Charts.

Cooking Vinyl has also seen three albums in the official albums chart top 20 – (The Cult’s  ‘Choice of Weapon, Reverend & the Makers@reverend_makers’  and Marilyn Manson’s ‘Born Villain’). It also landed another three in the top 40 – (The Proclaimers‘Like Comedy’, Cranberries’ ‘Roses’ and Counting Crows’ ‘Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)’). This means that the label has had 8 charting album in 2012 so far, further cementing its reputation as a powerhouse independent.

May saw Marilyn Manson’s ‘Born Villain’ charting in the UK at #14, reaching number ten in the US albums chart and topping Billboard’s Hard Rock and Independent album charts. The first release on his own label, Hell etc., a joint venture with Cooking VInyl, its success is affirmation of the emerging bespoke label model for which Cooking Vinyl is steadily gaining its reputation. In addition, The Cult’s ‘Choice of Weapon’ reached #20 in the UK albums chart, outperforming the previous album by 52 chart places, as well as hitting the top spot on the UK Rock Chart.

In June, Sheffield band Reverend & The Makers’ ‘@reverend_makers’ reached #16 in the UK album chart, following a tour with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Said Rob Collins Director Cooking Vinyl Records “It’s great to see everyone’s hard work over the past year paying off and we’re proud to be able to provide our artists with results like these”


The View – Cheeky For a Reason –  9th July – #9

Reverend & The Makers – @reverend_makers – 18th June –  #16

The Cult – Choice of Weapon – 22nd May – #20

The Enemy – Streets in the Sky – 21st May – #9

The Proclaimers – Like Comedy – 7th May – #31

Marilyn Manson – Born Villain – 1st May – #14

Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) – 10th April – #23

Cranberries –Roses – 27th February – #37

Irish Indie Chart Positions 2012:

The Cult – Choice of Weapon #15

Cranberries –Roses   #3

Marilyn Manson – Born Villain  #7

Counting Crows – Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)   # 7

The View – Cheeky For a Reason #13

About Cooking  Vinyl

Cooking Vinyl has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s prime artist-focused independent labels, inspiring an enviable loyalty among its artist roster. It is also in the vanguard of music companies offering innovative services-only deals that claim no stake in artists’ copyrights.

 Cooking Vinyl take full responsibility for the management of a project whether functioning as a label or in a services-only setting. Adding more than just marketing muscle, Cooking Vinyl devise and implement worldwide sales, marketing and distribution plans for their artists, working alongside booking agents and artist managers.