BLUE ÖYSTER CULT : ‘The Symbol Remains’ – new album

Blue Öyster Cult have returned with a mammoth new album entitled ‘The Symbol Remains’. Coming almost two decades after the release of their last studio record, ‘Curse Of The Hidden Mirror’, it showcases a group that hasn’t been slowed by the passing of time, but simply unphased by it. ‘The Symbol Remains’ is one of the band’s most spirited, diverse and inspired efforts to date. As the old saying goes, “good things come to those who wait,” and the fourteen new songs on display here certainly embody that. BÖC’s fans will be delighted that they have delivered an extremely inspired album that ultimately sounds like a band looking back at their storied catalogue and giving the fans a bit of everything they’ve ever loved about the group, while simultaneously continuing to evolve. The sessions for ‘The Symbol Remains’ began in earnest in 2019, including some songs being brought to the table that were already in the works. The goal was to craft an album giving an appropriate portrait of where the band is in the here and now. “As the song demos emerged, we realised there was as much if not more variety in style and content on this record as any in our history,” states BÖC lead vocalist and musician Eric Bloom. “We embraced this and the thing tying all the disparate elements together is the band’s sound and performance.” “The goal was for the new music to stand up to the quality and vitality of our legacy recordings and I believe we have successfully achieved that,” the band’s founder Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser concurs. “Other than that, the sound of our voices and style of our writing and playing can’t help but sound familiar to fans of our work.” Bloom also explains that “The album title comes from a quote of an old Sandy Pearlman [famed BÖC producer and manager] lyric, which basically we are using to show that the band is back and still rocking after all these years. To me, it means we’re still here and doing what we do.”

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