Blue Öyster Cult – Heaven Forbid (Remastered) (1998/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:53 minutes | 565 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Frontiers Records s.r.l.
“Heaven Forbid” is the thirteenth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was originally released on March 24, 1998 in Europe and was the band’s first full studio album containing original material since 1988’s “Imaginos”. Science fiction author John Shirley contributed heavily to the album, writing lyrics for all except two original songs. A live version of the track “In Thee” was included as well. “Heaven Forbid” is one classy slab of hard rock featuring intricate arrangements, provocative lyrics, and spine-tingling guitar solos.
The rockers sound in top form on this full blown (at the time) return album, whether on the thrashy and menacing opener, “See You in Black”, the sci-fi epic “X-Ray Eyes”, or the mythical and atmospheric “Harvest Moon”. Producer Donald “ Buck Dharma” Roeser — who forged such sparkling gems as “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You” — is a commanding presence, having written or cowritten all but the live remake of 1979’s “In Thee”.
Who’d have thought that Blue Oyster Cult would turn out to be a constant in a changing world? On HEAVEN FORBID, the group’s first album in over a decade, the once-and-future thinking man’s heavy metal band sounds exactly as you remember them–slightly spooky, slightly pretentious, and with more cool guitar riffs than you can shake a stick at. There’s a new rhythm section on board here, but the group’s three core members–singers/guitarists Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma, along with keyboardist Alan Lanier–still know how to invest metal cliches with genuine atmosphere. Standout tracks here include “See You in Black” (an anti-domestic violence screed, of all things), and the genuinely haunting, almost-pop ballad “Harvest Moon.” “Still Burnin’,” a sequel to the band’s classic “Burning for You,” however, was probably ill-advised.
01. See You in Black (3:17)
02. Harvest Moon (4:54)
03. Power Underneath Dipair (3:29)
04. X-Ray Eyes (3:48)
05. Hammer Back (3:33)
06. Damaged (4:22)
07. Cold Gray Light of Dawn (3:51)
08. Real World (5:08)
09. Live for Me (5:19)
10. Still Burnin’ (3:38)
11. In Thee (3:39)
Eric Bloom: Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Buck Dharma: Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Allen Lanier: Guitar and Keyboards
Danny Miranda: Bass and Vocals
Chuck Bürgi: Drums and Vocals
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums on LFM
Jon Rogers: Bass and Vocals on HM, PUD and SB
Additional Keyboards: Tony Perrino
Additional Vocals: George Cintron