ARTIST:

BLUE OYSTER CULT

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN

(1981)
LABEL:

COLUMBIA

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Opera-Rock
""Fire Of Unknown Origin" is a peak in the career of Blue Öyster Cult, a kind of melodic perfection in a racy and fine hard/heavy rock style, accessible from the first listen."
ZOSO (15.04.2010)  
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After a short crossing of the desert, Blue Öyster Cult has decided to reawaken with a "Cultosaurus Erectus" which has made everyone agree. "Fire Of Unknown Origin" comes, one year later, to push the nail in and bring Blue Öyster Cult back to the front of the stage.

All these years of performing well and the not so well will have had an advantage: the band has evolved. Even if nobody would have spat on a "Secret Treaties II", how can we not be enthusiastic in front of this band which, starting from a messy and sophisticated hard rock, manages to synthesize so easily some ethereal and efficient melodies on nine tracks without ever faltering? Because Blue Öyster Cult has known how to draw the substantial melodic marrow of each track and how to display it in a limpid way, totally succumbing to the hard FM side that the band shows since "Agents Of Fortunes".

To explain this team sound, let's look at each individual. Interestingly enough, Bloom gives up the guitar and only covers the vocal parts. The record definitely gains in clarity. The keyboards are quite prominent, with sounds always light but which know how to impose themselves surreptitiously. The role of the bass is primordial, rhythmically of course, but especially from a melodic point of view, with strong and haunting gimmicks, which are numerous open doors towards digressions of the duet scratch/keyboard. The drums, in a very 80's role, don't do in the useless technique (the cymbals game is ultra-minimalist), by concentrating on its role of engine of the songs.

The result is a total success in a sophisticated and fine hard/heavy style, accessible from the first listening. The smoothness of the album puts an ethereal haze on the whole, giving a coherence and an unreal side reinforced by lyrics always a little esoteric (originally the project was to make the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal - project aborted but some songs have survived and can be found here).

"Fire Of Unknown Origin" is a milestone in the career of Blue Öyster Cult, a kind of distracted perfection. The band will go even further by thickening this melodic marrow on "Imaginos". In the meantime, all the tracks here are to be relished like caviar. Not to be missed under any circumstances.


More informations on http://www.blueoystercult.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. Fire Of Unknown Origin - 04:09
02. Burning For You - 04:29
03. Veteran Of The Psychic Wars - 04:48
04. Sole Survivor - 04:04
05. Heavy Metal: The Black And Sylver - 03:16
06. Vengeance (the Pact) - 04:40
07. After Dark - 04:24
08. Joan Crawford - 04:54
09. Dont Turn Your Back - 04:02

LINEUP:
Albert Bouchard: Chant / Batterie
Allen Lanier: Guitares / Claviers
Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Eric Bloom: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Joe Bouchard: Chant / Basse
   
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