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Top Customer Reviews
1 star = awful, just bareable
2 stars = decent, average, mediocre
3 stars = good, certainly worth having
4 stars = great, highly recommended
5 stars = a real masterpiece, a must have
"Heaven forbid" from 1998 may not be as good or original as Blue Öyster Cult's classic album from their early days but it's certainly much better than the following "Curse of hidden mirror" (2001), since BÖC keep their approach closer to their roots. The song "Harvest moon" is (as already mentioned by other reviewers) very similar to the music BÖC made in the early 1970's and is without doubt the song that immediately catches your attention. Some of the other tunes like "X-ray eyes" and "Live for me" also bare clear connections to the bands heyday. But I think BÖC have a slight problem in form of the fact that the verses are much better than the choruses on many of the songs like "Hammer back", "Power underneath despair", and "Still burning". The opening track "See you in black" reminds of Metallica, and I have no problem imagine this being an original Metallica tune.
All in all, this is a good effort that grows on you, and I believe "Heaven forbid" is worth solid and very strong 3 stars, close to 4 depending on your musical mode if you know what I mean...
Harvest Moon is a modern BOC song done in the classical BOC style which is grand-slammed right out of the ball park. Co-written by Don Roeser ("Buck Dharma") and Jon Rodgers (their bassist from a bygone era) circa 1991, Harvest is in one neat package everything that BOC does right. The composition, the arrangment, the lyrics, and even the live presentation are simply second to none. Harvest is everything that you love about BOC. Were it not for the existance of (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Harvest Moon would be their *Magnum Opus.*
Still Burnin' is a cliched sequel to "Burning for You," but it maintains all of Roeser's best guitar sensibilities. Lyrically, it's slightly thematically off track, but it makes a nice presentation live and fits into the BOC canon very nicely.
The remainder of the album is rough, to put it politely. There are some nice hooks here and there, but lyrically, it misses the mark and loses all of the rich literary style that you know and love from BOC.
Many of these songs, while failures on the stereo speakers really come to life when seen on stage. Eric Bloom is a master at resuscitating the dead and he does a decent job of bringing some show business sensibility and stage craft to revive songs that would otherwise be dead on arival.
The three remaining members, E. Bloom, B. Dharma and A. Lanier, did not accept the idea that IMAGINOS, which they had contributed little to, could be BOC's swan song. In 1992, they wrote two songs for the soundtrack of the movie BAD CHANNELS, including the imposing "The horsemen arrive". They also kept touring. Some new songs were written and played on stage as far back as 1992: "Power underneath despair", "Harvest moon", "The cold grey light of dawn", "Still burning". Another song, "See you in black", was written during the 1994 tour. The band had no new record deal at the time yet, but it seemed that the departure of the Bouchard brothers released Eric Bloom's and Buck Dharam's creativity and vitality. With no record deal, BOC had to give everything they got on stage. Thus, the most smashing songs of HEAVEN'S FORBID were written during that difficult period.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
HEAVEN FORBID, which was heralded as Blue Oyster Cult's big comeback CD, is a major disappointment. Most of the songs are merely a more technical version of the 90s grunge sound,... Read morePublished on July 12 2004
I picked this up on sale off the bargain rack, and I thought, 'What the hell! They're old, but it's BOC, so it's gotta be at least worth listening to. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003
I agree with one reviewer who said the production reminded him of a local garage band. The album has a definite "homegrown" production feel to it and definetly not up to... Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by Luke Perry
This album is an absolute atrocity and abomination. Anyone who really loved BOC back in the day (1970-75)will detest this miasma. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by J. Dunn
What a nice surprise! BOC delivers! Even a bad BOC album is better that half the stuff out there nowadays, imho! I take what I can get, and HB is a solid album, rock on BOC.Published on Sept. 18 2001 by T. A Molina
Often criticsized by Metallica fans, I think it's actually quite cool that BOC sometimes wanders into popville and psychorock. There is plenty of both hear. Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by Paris Capulet
The boys are back. I saw them do Harvest Moon in a small club in Bridgewater Mass. The show was great. The music was great. This album ROCKS to the bone. Read morePublished on June 16 2001 by Ed Tidwell