Extraterrestrial Intelligence By the way, if you are a fan of Blue Oyster Cult, this album is a must have. The atmosphere of the 13 tracks is harder than anything before as the band make clear with the opener "Dominance and Submission" a classic from the Sectret Treaties album.
Electric guiatr sound is king, here. There is place also for a live version of "Veterans of the Psychic Wars" from theit then recent release "Fire of Unlnown Origin". As usual in their live albums, another cover is played here, mayble the most memorable one: The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" with the help of Robby Krieger himself on electric guitar. He later will take part to the ambitious project of Imaginos. Now, to call the legendary New Yorkers a heavy metal band seems to be definitely a bit of a stretch.
Heavy they can be, and very much so, but always keeping melody and a certain complexity at the forefront. This comes across very clearly on this album, which offers a selection of songs from the band's then ten-year-long activity, with a particular emphasis on their latest album, the excellent "Fire of Unknown Origin" released the previous year.
The criminally underrated lead guitarist Donald 'Buck Dharma Roeser' is augmented by the contribution of vocalist Eric Bloom on 'stun guitar' and keyboardist Allen Lanier, and there is also a guest appearance by former Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger on the stunning cover of the LA band's classic "Roadhouse Blues".
Though all the tracks are of a consistently high standard, there are some undisputed highlights. Eric Bloom leads the dance, coaxing the audience into singing along to the supremely catchy chorus by stating that we know Poughkeepsie is serious about rock'n'roll.
The already mentioned "Roadhouse Blues" is an extended, almost 10 minutes long jam, including another of Eric Bloom's prized raps, and some absolutely sterling guitar and keyboard work. The real gem of this album, however, is the 8-minute-plus version of the marvellous "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" twice as long as its studio counterpart , one of my favourite songs of all time.
Besides the poignant, visionary lyrics by British fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, masterfully delivered by an inspired Bloom, the song boasts in its middle one of those guitar solos which can make you feel as if the instrument itself was 'singing'. The heavy, hypnotic drumming pattern, though simple in structure, is highly effective in adding further interest to one of the band's best compositions, and one of their proggiest. Talking of prog, as the previous reviewers have already pointed out, there is little trace of it to be found here, with the exception of a few tracks.
Unless they hate hard-edged, classy rock with a passion, most prog fans will find this album a real joy to listen to. Very highly recommended indeed.
After having seen the masterful cover-work on Raff's avatar, some time from now, I have been wondering how was the music of this so-said Heavy Rock band, with Prog leanings.
Anyways, here I have it, the majestic cover-work is even more majestic watching it physically. Though, did the music surprise me? Well, the live album, unfortunately or maybe fortunately spans from their 70's gold years, to their later commercial leanings, making the album desequilibrated.
Then there are some other great powerful songs like the 2 straight-forward rockers, Hot Rails to Hell, with it's great guitar solos, as well as the bluesy The Red and the Black, with it's unstoppable drum beat; also, there's the enjoyable heavy-pop song, Dr.
Music, while having a cheesy chorus on the likes of Kiss' cheesy ones Calling Dr. Love specifically , Dr. Music surprises you with a stunning Moog-solo, besides a heavy rockin' riff; undoubtley, mentioning Dr. However the really worthy commercial-era song in here, are the last 3: Veteran of the Psychic Wars, which Raff has already described it perfectly, being one of her favorite songs, I'll just have to repeat, that the 3 minutes guitar solo, is simply stunning; then, E.
I, with a heavy-rockin' riff foolin' you, leading to a soft, sweet, chorus, however highly worth the listen because of the whole energy the band dedicates to it, as well as in the classic, Don't Fear The Reaper.
Like I said in the begining, a bit desequilibrated this live album is, with a mix of their heavy rockin' classic stuff and their more cheesy, commercial stuff.
However, this mix gives the album a great perspective of most of the band's career, which fortunately, even the poppy songs are played well, making most of them worthwhile. I would have really liked more of their classic so-called 'Black and White' era songs in here, but still I'm very happy with this purchase, so the question of, if the music surprised me, my answer is certainly yes.
If there's one good way of introducing yourself to a Hard Rock band, there's nothing better than a damn good live album like this one. However, even if he still appears on some tracks of this double Live collection, it is drummer Albert Bouchard's last appearance with the Cult for a while as I understand that it wasn't exactly of a mutual consent and the acrimony remains. No matter what, BOC will suffer from his absence, because they not only lost an excellent drummer who had turned in a very fine performance on FoUO , but also a gifted songwriter.
What is strange is that Brother Joe remained with BOC without making waves and Downey is just adequate replacing him behind the kit. The only thing special to signal is a 9-mins Roadhouse Blues cover with Doorman Krieger accompanying the band, but it's nothing worth the price of admission. Of a much better level is outstanding second disc, starting with an excellent and more aggressive version of Black blade.
The film in which this weirdness goes down is Heavy Metal. Released in , the animated sci-fantasy anthology became an instant cult classic, despite or due to the fact that it makes little sense. One of the things that tries, though, is the music. The soundtrack to Heavy Metal , while containing hardly any metal, is a cult entity unto itself.
The synths hum like incantations. The guitar is minimal, applied with ritualistic precision. It all makes for a tangled mythos—but then again, so does Heavy Metal. In fact, Taarna could be an incarnation of the Eternal Champion, a possibility that has crossed the geek hive-mind more than once over the past 30 years. It became one.Sep 25, · Check out Veteran of the Psychic Wars by Blue Oyster Cult on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on rockandroll.dalalsanuanaracordalanim.infoinfo(11).