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The Southern Death Cult

Southern Death CultAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
  • ASIN: B00000189E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Featuring Ian Astbury (Cult, Holy Barbians), available for the first time domestically. 15 tracks including Fatman, the Girl, the Crypt, Apache, Moya, Flowers in the Forest, and others.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic british death punk April 17, 2003
By Crypt
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few truly gothic albums 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Goth Rock album April 16, 2007
By Matt
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important if Unspectacular 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album! A must have for music lovers! December 14, 2003
By Josh
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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5.0 out of 5 stars SDC
Nice to hear the beginnings of Ian Astbury's career. Some cool tunes - Moya especially. A must have for the serious Cult fan.
Published 9 months ago by Tommy MacLuckie
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Stage of The Cult
This was the first of three stages of the British goth band that would become The Cult. The songs are not the best written or developed that you would hear Ian Astbury and Company... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Chad Radford
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but it left me wanting more...
Great band! Certainly better than its subsequent incarnations, but the sound could be better. Also, far better versions of "Moya" and "Fatman" are on the Gothic Rock 1 & 2... Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by Asmodeus
3.0 out of 5 stars pre cult gothic music
to me critics always had it wrong. punk wasn't the best thing that happened to music, in fact as the 70's punkers got better they became post punk, new wave, gothic or even what we... Read more
Published on October 19, 2010 by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Paha Sapa
You'll hear this in the song Moya. Paha Sapa refers to the Black Hills, which are sacred to the Lakota indians.

This album is sacred ground. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Dawnrazor
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Astbury At His Best
Ian does it again! Great CD with all the style and grace of a great performer. Highly recommended.
Published on August 11, 2007 by V. E. Pushchak
2.0 out of 5 stars Shades of things to come.
The Southern Death Cult was one of the old British post-punk/goth bands of the late '70s and early '80s, these days best remembered for being the launching pad for the Cult. Read more
Published on April 10, 2006 by Michael Stack
4.0 out of 5 stars classic british death punk
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... Read more
Published on April 17, 2003 by Crypt
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