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Blue Öyster Cult


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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars BLUE OYSTER CULT is a band that i've had trouble getting into from day one. Like SAGA they have some great songs but the studio albums from both bands do little for me overall. This one from 1981 is no exception.

"Fire Of Unknown Orgin" is very eighties sounding as we get a beat with synths to start. Vocals join in.This is catchy but i'm not a fan. "Burnin' For You" is a song i've loved since I first heard it in the eighties. It's so uplifting that it makes me feel good everytime I hear it. "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars" like most of the songs opens with synths and a beat. Vocals before a minute in this mid paced and reserved tune.

"Sole Survivor" has a beat with synths as vocals arrive quickly. It's fuller on the chorus. Some tasteful guitar after 2 minutes. "Heavy Metal : The Black And Silver" is a little more aggressive including the vocals. "Vengence (The Pact)" is a great sounding tune with some heaviness late.The tempo picks up after that. "After Dark" is another winner with that uptempo beat with synths and guitar. I like the vocals a lot in this one. Guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in. Nice ending. "Joan Crawford" opens with piano then it kicks in with vocals a minute in. "Don't Turn Your Back" is a good way to end the album. Some laid back guitar after 2 minutes.

This album has it's moments but overall my rating is 3 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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