THE CULT – Capsule 1 (EP, 2010)
And then the hype began.
…first of 3, possibly 4 capsules…
…we’re not releasing an e.p…We’re releasing ‘a capsule’…
…new songs…a film aspect…music videos that you can download …maybe a t-shirt…
Bullshit! It’s an EP dammit! Which is fine, except this one was so fucking hard to get! Tried Amazon…nothing…tried eBay…nothing on CD…went to the official Cult site and paid over $30 for this thing.
And then, it didn’t even play in any but one of my CD players! My oldest one, strangely enough. See, Capsule 1 is one of them there fancypants “DualDiscs”. A load of crap, I sez. Half the time, they don’t work in CD players! But the idea is, one side of the disc is a CD and the other is a DVD.
Before I get to the music, let’s talk about the DVD side. Ian’s hyped “film aspect”.
What the fuck was that? What the fuck did I just watch? Prelude to Ruins is 4 minutes of abstract whateverthefuck that I’ll never get back. And for this 4 minutes, I can’t get a regular CD that I can play in my car?
Thankfully, the music is fucking awesome!
First track “Every Man and Woman is a Star” is a stuttering, triumphant return for the Cult. I think this is the best Cult track in many years, since possibly “The Witch” which is kind of takes me back to. Another new song, “Siberia”, follows. This mournful masterpiece drives with the darkest of pulses. Ian’s vocal is among some of the most powerful I’ve heard! Fuck yeah! This takes me back to why I loved the Cult in the first place! Both songs show different sides to the band, but upon hearing them there is no way you could mistake them for anything but the Cult.
This “capsule” is rounded out by two live tracks: the best version of “Rain” that I have ever heard in my life, and a dull “Brother Wolf, Sister Moon”. Ian barks his way through “Rain”, deviating from melody, but trading melody for aggression.
No T-shirt, Ian! For $30 you could have sent me a shirt.
I’ve heard that Capsule 2 has skipped the DualDisc concept, but I don’t know for sure because I’ve never been able to locate a copy. At $10 per good song, I thought that Capsule 1 was a bit pricey.
Musically: 4/5 stars
Oh, and Ian, it’s still just an E.P!