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Blue Oyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Blue Oyster Cult - Cultosaurus Erectus (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Blue Öyster Cult
Title: Cultösaurus Erectus
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:42:15
Recorded: 1980 at Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York

The band had got the seasoned producer Martin Birch (who earlier had worked with the likes of Deep Purple, Rainbow, Wishbone Ash and soon would produce Iron Maiden) to produce their first album of the 80's. 'Cultosaurus Erectus' became their heaviest album in quite a long time, and was a step in the right direction after the too slick and tame 'Mirrors'. Starting with the best-known track of the album, 'Black Blade' was yet another song with lyrics by Michael Moorcock, and featured lots of spacey effects among the heavy riffs and strong melodies to create just the right sci-fi atmosphere. 'Monsters' is one of the best and most overlooked examples of their adventurous and sophisticated heavy rock, featuring swinging jazz-passages between complex multi-part riffs. The slow and almost bluesy 'Divine Wind' is a lot more traditional, but just as enjoyable. The synth-drenched 'Deadline' stands probably as the most melodic moment on the album. The second side starts with the very theatrical rocker 'The Marshall Plan' that in a way reminds me of Styx, but unlike the title-track of the previous album avoids being a clone. 'Fallen Angel' and 'Unknown Tongue' are both of the more melodic kind, while 'Hungry Boys' and 'Lips in the Hills' are straightforward and gritty heavy rockers. The album marked a promising start for Blue Öyster Cult's 80's career, and this gradual return to form would result in one of their best works the year after.

Signing on with Deep Purple/Black Sabbath producer Martin Birch, Blue Öyster Cult made more of a guitar-heavy hard rock album in Cultosaurus Erectus after flirting with pop ever since the success of Agents of Fortune. (They also promoted this album by going out on a co-headlining tour with Sabbath.) Gone are the female backup singers, the pop hooks, the songs based on keyboard structures, and they are replaced by lots of guitar solos and a beefed-up rhythm section. But the band still were not generating strong enough material to compete with their concert repertoire, so they found themselves in the bind of being a strong touring act unable to translate that success into record sales. --AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

1. Black Blade 06:28
2. Monsters 05:11
3. Divine Wind 05:07
4. Deadline 04:27
5. The Marshall Plan 05:24
6. Hungry Boys 03:38
7. Fallen Angel 03:11
8. Lips in the Hills 04:26
9. Unknown Tongue 03:56

Eric Bloom, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser, lead guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
Allen Lanier, keyboards, guitar
Joe Bouchard, bass, vocals
Albert Bouchard, drums, vocals
Don Kirshner, introduction for 'The Marshall Plan'
Mark Rivera, saxophone

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