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Southern Death Cult

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004WRPU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Crypt on April 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation of their 3 song e.p., and some great sounding live sessions. People who only know of The Cult's arena rock oriented albums might be puzzled to know that this was Ian Astbury's first band. While he never renounced his Gothic past, this album is quite different from The Cult's more popular albums such as Electric and Sonic Temple. Pure minimalistic, arty gloom and doom. This actually sounds alot like early Cure, Skeletal Family and Joy Division. Not quite as abrasive as Bauhaus, not as experimental as Christian Death and not as glam oriented as Specimen or Sex Gang Children. All the elements of the original Gothic Rock sound are here. The tribal drums, ghostly guitars, howling vocals and oppressively morbid and gloomy atmosphere. Also, some themes that have recurred in The Cult's songs are present here, such as Native American imagery, yet some songs like The Crypt are surprisingly morbid, and others like False Faces are surprisingly angsty. Every song here is classic, even those that are a bit on the rough and raw side. The only song I really skip over is Flowers in The Forest, which is strangely jazzy and doesn't really fit on the compilation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Griffin on July 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Not counting Christian Death and Death in June (or Diamanda Galas, for that matter), this album is one of the few truly "gothic" albums to be realeased in the late 70s/early 80s. I would disagree with an earlier review that "The Crypt" is a throw-away song. In fact, it's one of the stand-outs on the album, mixing a heavy, menacing bass with an ambient sound accentuated by piano. It makes its point, truly gothic.

For those who had this album on LP, know that the CD provides a few extra tracks, can't remember which, but they're good, maybe four of them. This CD is only fairly recently available on US domestic issue. To let you know - the live (guess they might be BBC?) tracks are not so great, I always used to skip over them and truth be known those tracks are why I don't listen to the album so much.

But if you're into ealry-80s and late 70s English New Wave, you absolutely must own this record. It's one of a kind, and with its successor, Death Cult's "Ghost Dance", provides a great idiosyncratic duo that can't be beat.

Catch the Native American references also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on April 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
What can be said about the Southern Death Cult? Only that they helped lay the way for the goth and deathrock bands to come. This album is a compilation of their recorded material over the short lifespan that they held. Its full of raw goth punk heart as well as dark and political lyrics. This album is a favorite of mine because I can listen to the whole thing without skipping songs, though I do favor a few over the rest:

The Girl - Pounding tom drums and a springing, growling bass line make this track a stand out for me. Its almost reminicent of New Orleans even though I've never been there. My favorite.

The Crypt - Morbid and still full of energy, this song should be on the gothic compilations. The piano addition to this song gives it that eerie graveyard feel. Ians wild laughs and yelps sure help as well.

Vivisection [live] - If a crowd of goths and deathrockers were to ever start a circle pit, it would be to this song. Pure unrestrained goth punk with a slight surf rock feel. Cliff-hanger dragouts between verse and chorus lines will keep you energized.

I recomend this album to anyone who has heard their name, but has procrastinated in buying the album. Thats what I did and I felt bad for doing so. Any fan of goth or deathrock will find something to love in the Southern Death Cult.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRTolstoy on June 11, 2013
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As a fan of British Goth this is an album/CD that I included in my collection because it really needed to be there. There are no bad tracks on this LP; that being said there are no really great ones either. If you are a fan of the Cult, than by all means buy this CD. Likewise, if you are like me and are concerned with having everything that made an important contribution to a genre you are interested in than you may also want to pull the trigger. If on the other hand you are more of a casual fan than I would suggest giving several tracks a listen first, if you like those, there is a very good chance you will be pleased with the entire album. As a side note: Lets keep buying CDs and records of old-stuff like this so it will continue to be pressed, and avoid music being completely relagated to the virtual cloud!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh on December 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Even if you don't listen to the Cult, you may want to check this album out. I had first purchased this along with the Death Cult album (another must have), and at first, I was unimpressed by it. But oddly enough, I just couldn't take it out of my CD player. I wanted to give it another listen, just to see if it would grow on me. And sure enough, it did. The only reason why I didn't give this album five stars is because I felt that the live tracks weren't a good representation of the band. The BBC tracks are fine, but I'm sure there are better recordings of the band live. Normally, I'm not a fan of goth, but this album left me with a lack of words when I was finally hooked. It's a shame that the band broke up before they recorded a full-length album in the studio. I'm sure it would have been better than this excellent album, and worthy of five stars.
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