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Heaven Forbid

4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000061RB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. See You in Black
2. Harvest Moon
3. Power Underneath Despair
4. X-Ray Eyes
5. Hammer Back
6. Damaged
7. Cold Gray Light of Dawn
8. Real World
9. Live for Me
10. Still Burnin'
11. In Thee

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Format: Audio CD
This is how I consider the rating range:
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...
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Format: Audio CD
For this BOC fan, Heaven Forbid was the start of a creative comback that still continues right up to today. Sure Imaginos was a fine album, but I felt that the band was beginning to burn out. Half of the album was reworkings of earlier (sometimes even only snippets of) songs; production was often murky and distracted. On Heaven Forbid, BOC doesn't just return to their game, they postively SNARL into it, especially with the opening track "See You In Black", one of their strongest songs ever. Everything that was ever great about this band is represented on this album. Buck Dharma seems to pull solos from nowhere--he positively melts on "Harvest Moon" and "Real World". One of my favorite songs is "Power Underneath Despair"; it has an amazing vocal from Eric Bloom. Damaged is a great introspective song that would not have been out of place on the Spectres album. "Still Burning" positively smokes. If you ever have the chance to see these guys live, it will have been money well spent, I promise you.
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Format: Audio CD
This was a come-back that no-one, even well-informed fans, expected anymore when HEAVEN FORBID was released in 1998. With IMAGINOS, released 10 years earlier, everyone thought that the BOC saga had come to an end. The Bouchard brothers were not part of the band anymore (Albert didn't even play on IMAGINOS, he only wrote some songs and sent the demos to the producer Sandy Pearlman)and since Joe and Albert were those who gave BOC's compositions their inimitable sci-fi taste, the future of the band was very uncertain. Besides, as a concept album involving numerous guest musicians, it was clear that IMAGINOS was intended to be some sort of musical accomplishment after a long carrier (although the album hasn't been accepted unanimously, which doesn't change anything to the fact that it was ambitious) - typically the kind of dodgy album that whether forces a band to retire or condemns it in most cases to repeat itself.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
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 par with the rest of the bands catalog. The highlights of the album are the songs "Harvest Moon" (a tad long though), "X-Ray Eyes" (I remarked to Buck that this reminded me of something Ray Davies of the Kinks would write and he just gave me a blank stare!), And the opening track on side 2 (cassette version) "Cold Gray Light Of Dawn", and "Live For Me".
The rest of the tracks sound like they could have been put out by any old hard rock bar band, which is a shame considering the source. The track "Still Burnin'" reminds a lot of a Pat Travers throwaway track, and "See You In Black" is just awful and seems like the band is going after a younger metal audience. I prefer the weaker tracks off of "Mirrors" or The Revolution By Night CD's over half of this album.
Good thing this band has such a large back catalog of great material....
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