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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...
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 ›
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....
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
This album contains one SMASH HIT "Harvest Moon" and one very nice also-ran "Still Burnin'. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Gregkar
After I've pretty much had given up on BOC several years ago, I was literally amazed at how GOOD 'Heaven Forbids' really is. So much better than I had expected. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Mike Reed
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
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