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Blue Öyster Cult


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3 stars The least I can say is that the Cult entered into the eighties quite remarkably. While many ''dinosaurs'' changed their style while this decade begun, the Cult got back to where they belonged: a good hard to heavy-rock oriented music.

It is quite a relief after some weak albums (''Spectres'' and ''Mirrors''). Compositions here have a definite harder edge which is to be noticed as soon as the album starts. ''Black Blade'' is a great opener which sets the pace for almost the whole of this effort.

Maybe that the sax part during ''Monsters'' wasn't that all necessary, but the damages aren't that important. Needless to say that I prefer the heavy ''Divine World'' to the pop-rock ''Deadline'' which reminds me more of their previous two albums.

Some wink to the mighty Purple during ''The Marshall Plan'': not only the style but also the short inclusion of the ''Smoke On The Water'' riff is a pleasant tribute to this band. Buck Dharma is again on top form here (but he is mostly on each track from ''Cultösaurus Erectus'').

The hopping ''Hungry Boys'' reminds us that the new wave has passed here as well. Some feel of the hilarious ''Gruppo Sportivo'' (from The Netherlands in '78). It conveys a fun accent to this work.

The last section of the album leans more on a pure hard-rock styled music (''Fallen Angel'', ''Lips In The Hills''). But this is still much better than their prior releases even if not grandiose.

In all, this a good album and a pleasant come back from this band. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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