Epic can be hard to maintain over the decades, especially if you’re not filling massive football (of either kind) stadiums like the strutting rock gods of yore. Yet Yorkshire’s The Cult have managed to do it, never abandoning their epic eighties rock, yet also not getting stuck in the past, but striving for something more. This continues with their latest, Under the Midnight Sun.
Perhaps the mostly apt name for a Cult record (at least since 2012’s Choice of Weapon – QRO review), Midnight shines in the band’s grandeur, but also their haunting tragedy. Opener “Mirror” is the giant, wrought call-out that The Cult are known for, and there is echoing hard rock size to songs such as “Vendetta X” and “Give Me Mercy”. Yes, it can get overdone at times, like “Outer Heaven”, but this is a band that can fill its ambitions.
The first new Cult record in eight years, and at only eight songs over just thirty-five minutes, it is more of a reestablishment of the group over breaking new ground, but The Cult covers much Under the Midnight Sun.