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Hard Rock - Released December 4, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released November 5, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released October 9, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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There are plenty of examples where bands have attempted a comeback and it’s been an absolute flop. Bands which, for some unknown reason, try to come back from the dead and end up making an album that’s just way too much. Fear not - The Symbol Remains doesn’t fall into that category. Not even close. Coming 19 years after their last studio album but still staying true to their sound, Blue Öyster Cult run hot and cold on this album, alternating between dark, heavy tracks and pop-like ritornellos that wouldn’t stand out in Billy Joel’s discography. The brains behind the band haven’t changed either: Eric Bloom (guitar, vocals) takes charge of the dark side while Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser brings a light, airy side to the album.The 14 tracks on The Symbol Remains are rather heart-warming. Bloom’s darker tracks (such as the opener That Was Me or the brilliant The Alchemist) create threatening atmospheres that bring Megadeth to mind, but they never cloud over the lighter ambiences found on tracks like Box In My Head, Tainted Blood (the album’s hit song, composed and sung by their youngest member: guitarist Richie Castellano) and Florida Man.On these overtly soft tracks, the listener is guided between melodies destined for Californian radios and harder Toto-esque rock. The duality is brilliant. It’s as exciting as eating out the jam jar, knowing that judging eyes could appear at any moment. Sounding close-ish in spirit to the sublime Fire of Unknown Origin (1981), The Symbol Remains is one hell of a comeback. 19 years is a long, long, long time. It takes talent to come back well. Luckily enough, Blue Öyster Cult have lots of it! © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz
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Hard Rock - Released September 25, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released August 28, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released August 28, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released August 7, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Blue Öyster Cult turned 45 during a marathon tour in 2017. Their celebrations peaked with a London concert on June 17th during which the band, already in their seventies, replayed the entirety of their first album. While this eponymous record, originally released in January, 1972, stands on a crossroads between blues, pop and psychedelic music, it’s as a pioneer of hard rock that we remember it most. This performance reminds us and proves that the American band still have it in them. The energy displayed by Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (the two surviving members of the original BÖC lineup) and their band is powerful: the riffs are sharp (Stairway to the Stars) and the guitar solos are significantly longer and more wild than in 1969 (Then Came the Last Days of May). It's a huge performance which echoes the golden age of metal more than it does the summer of love. © IF/Qobuz
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Hard Rock - Released June 29, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released June 12, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released March 13, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released March 6, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released January 24, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released January 24, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released January 9, 2020 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released October 31, 2019 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Hard Rock - Released October 31, 2019 | Frontiers Records s.r.l.

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Rock - Released July 15, 2016 | Columbia - Legacy

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  • Blue Öyster Cult - The Symbol Remains
    Blue Öyster Cult - The Symbol Remains There are plenty of examples where bands have attempted a comeback and it’s been an absolute flop. Bands which, for some unknown reason, try to come back from the dead and end up making an album th...