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Blue Öyster Cult returned to the hard rock they were known for with this 1980 album, their seventh studio full-length at the time. A year before, Mirrors had seen the band experimenting with folk rock and power pop, and the record had sold poorly. Cultosaurus Erectus didn't exactly put BÖC back in the Top Ten (that wouldn't happen until next album, Fire Of Unknown Origin) but did feature characteristically great songs. "Black Blade," about Stormbringer, the sword wielded by Michael Moorcock's character Elric, is one of the band's finest (and heaviest) moments, Buck Dharma plays incredibly on "Lips In the Hills" and "Monsters," which starts out normal but quickly goes into "Joan Crawford"-style weirdness, reminds people this band will do just about anything at any time. A blues-metal tune follows and soon they are playing numbers-perfect stadium rock ("The Marshall Plan"). In the mid '70s and early '80s, Blue Öyster Cult was at a major stylistic peak, if not a commercial one, and even the moments where they try to go a little too far are interesting.

Customer Reviews

Cultosaurus Erectus

Black Blade is the most powerful song that BOC has ever done. Other jewels on this album are Divine Wind, Deadline and Lips In The Hills. Great album. Highly recommended!

1980 Great Album

My Brother had this album, I was 12, weird and awesome tracks, I loved listening to it then and even more now. Favorites: Black Blade,Marsall Plan, Fallen Angel, UnKnown Tongue. Thanks, Itune.

cultosaurus erectus ---- b.o.c.'s best work

This album was worn out by me back in the 80's. But i have consistently listened to it over and over and throughout the years. Their dark fantasy lyrics and prolific musicianship and diverse writing capabilites shine through on this album. This album has a much improved sound over their earlier work. They used the same producer as black sabbath did on the heaven and hell album. What an improvement. There is not a bad song on the album. I highly recommend this one.


Formed: 1967 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island...
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