BLUE ÖYSTER CULT? Doesn’t it remind you of the funny Blue Oyster Bar from one of those silly Police Academy movies of the 80s? But our friends here don’t have anything to do with homosexuals in leather (or do they?). BLUE ÖYSTER CULT was originally formed in the 60s as SOFT WHITE UNDERBELLY on Long Island, NY. In 1968 they changed their name to STALK-FORREST GROUP, and since 1970 they are named after the mysterious secret society of the blue oyster.
The Band was also the first who used texts by authors such as Sandy Pearlman, Richard Meltzer and especially Michael Moorcock for their lyrics. Whereas today one would label their stile as a kind of Progressive Hard Rock, the band itself understood their music in the 70s as Heavy Metal. The term "Heavy Metal" appeared as well on this record in 1981, on the song “Heavy Metal - Black And Silver“. But besides that the album is dominated by straight Hard Rock with a lot of keyboard and progressive arrangements. This culminates in songs like the outstanding opener or the somewhat commercial, yet brilliant “Burnin’ For You”.
The really amazing songs on here are the unbelievable “Veteran Of The Psychic Wars“, the more complex “Vengeance (The Pact)“ or “Joan Crawford“, from which I get goose bumps. All of them are immortal songs, which belong to the great classics of Rock music and still thrill me today. The band’s biggest hits, “Don’t Fear The Reaper” and ”Godzilla“, however, are on another record. (Online September 26, 2005)