BLUE ÖYSTER CULT — Heaven Forbid

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Album · 1998

Tracklist

1. See You In Black (3:16)
2. Harvest Moon (4:55)
3. Power Underneath Dispair (3:30)
4. X-Ray Eyes (3:47)
5. Hammer Back (3:34)
6. Damaged (4:21)
7. Cold Gray Light Of Dawn (3:50)
8. Real World (5:08)
9. Live For Me (5:18)
10. Still Burnin' (3:38)
11. In Thee (live) (3:40)

Total Time 45:03

Line-up/Musicians

- Eric Bloom / guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Donald Roeser / guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Allen Lanier / guitars, keyboards
- Danny Miranda / bass, vocals
- Jon Rogers / bass, vocals
- Chuck Burgi / drums
- Bob Rondelli / drums

About this release

March 24, 1998
Steamhammer, CMC

Thanks to cannon, Pekka, Lynx33 for the updates

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Unitron
The last decade of the twentieth century weren't exactly the kindest years to classic rock acts of the 70's. Albums from these bands weren't very well-received, therefore they usually fade into obscurity. I mean, not many people are talking about albums like Heart's Desire Walks On or Van Halen's Balance these days. Most of these albums are forgotten, and often for good reason. One album from a classic 70's rock band that was forgotten, but I find to be a surprisingly great album, is Blue Öyster Cult's 1998 studio album.

Being the band's thirteenth studio album and (at the time) their first in a decade, it would be expected that Heaven Forbid would just be another bland album that tries to recapture past glories. However, it presents itself as a surprisingly varied album. Of course there are quite a few stale moments that just sound uninspired, but there is thankfully an equal amount of fresh, catchy, and just plain enjoyable songs.

The album opens right up with what may be the band's heaviest song, "See You in Black", which almost reminds me of something that could be on a Metal Church album. The driving main riff is pure classic heavy metal, and is up there with the band's best. "Hammer Back" and "Power Underneath Despair" are a couple more heavy metal-oriented tracks that are among the highlights. "Still Burnin'" is a great old school hard rock track, while an oddball is "Real World". This almost sounds straight out of a Phish album, with one of the catchiest acoustic guitar hooks I've ever heard.

While it's no Tyranny and Mutation, Heaven Forbid is a pretty great album. There are some mediocre moments on the album, but that's to be expected from a 90's album from a classic rock band. If you're a fan of classic hard rock and heavy metal, this is well worth the listen. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

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