Sonic Temple follows the Cult's critically acclaimed 1987 album Electric. The album marked the first time the band worked with Bob Rock, who would later produce The Cult, Beyond Good and Evil and Choice of Weapon. The album reached the Cult's highest chart position in the US, peaking at #10 on the Billboard 200 charts, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1993.
In Argentina, the record was released as Templo Sonico with the titles translated into Spanish on the jacket sleeve and record labels. In Taiwan it was released with a pink cover; reportedly some of these were also found in mainland China.
The album cover features guitarist Billy Duffy with his Gibson Les Paul, partially obscuring a picture of vocalist Ian Astbury. An additional illustration in the insert features bassist Jamie Stewart.
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