Blue Oyster Cult
Cultosaurus Erectus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (152 Reviews)
June 8th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fitting yet somehow satisfying example of 80's era Blue Oyster Cult, this will definitely please long-time fans of the band, but perhaps not those who are looking for the band's 'rockier' works.

Let's face it-by 1980 almost everything had changed regarding the genres of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple appeared to be on their last legs, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath were proving to the world that they still had some life in them, and the Punk Rock scene was manifesting itself into something much more different than, say, the stripped down rawness of the late 70's. However, Blue Oyster Cult was unaffected. In fact, every one of the band's records released in the 70's deemed them a steadily improving musical act that had both pleased their growing fan-base and expanded their musical talent.

It is well known that with 'Mirrors' Blue Oyster Cult could have at least been a tad more original and creative with their song-writing, and the 'polished' sound they had experimented with only made things more disappointing. But come 'Cultosaurus Erectus', a cunning title to signify the band's success as a dominative musical force all over the world, the band seemed to be firing on all cylinders once again-as if it was 1976 all over again. It's true that whereas the band's success failed in huge album sales, their worldwide tours and sold-out arena shows proved them to be masters of their own creative style.

Fans of the band will undoubtedly love the exciting guitar work of Bloom and Roeser, the ode to Michael Moorcock's fictional work 'Stormbringer' that is stunning opener 'Black Blade' giving off the impression of a band fully in their prime. Not to mention the faster paced numbers 'Monstrous' and 'Fallen Angel', which in turn each have their own significance within the album. Are the solos here too? Of course they are! The solos were arguably one of the outstanding highlights of the band's first few albums, and just in case you thought the solos to be indifferent to each other, by listening to 'Cultosaurus...' you will surely prove yourself wrong.

The band haven't lost any of their creativity either. Using out-of-this-world lyrical content (and it certainly is 'out of this world'!) on 'Black Blade' and the mid-paced rocker 'Deadline', the band's intent to retain what has always kept their music different to other musical groups is here in spades. However, if it wasn't for the fact that each member of the band singing didn't sound the same all the way through, this would be an even better album. Yes, each singing member has a different voice, but that doesn't mean to say they have much of a range. Listening to every one of 'Cultosaurus Erectus's tracks, you may feel as if whoever is singing on a particular track really wants to sing on there. Compare it to the more exciting sounds of 'Tyranny and Mutation' and 'Secret Treaties', and you'll see what I mean.

Nonetheless, 'Cultosaurus...' is still a damn fine album in it's own right. Even if you become tired and weary with the band's everlasting blues influences, there is always the brief jazz interludes on 'Monsters' or the cheekily borrowed opening notes of 'Smoke on the Water' on 'Marshall Plan', the latter of which sounds as if it was recorded live. Thing is, 'Cultosaurus Erectus' serves as a very apt introduction to 80's era BOC, as on later records the minor pop influences would become much greater, most notably on the interesting yet slightly underwhelming 'Imaginos'. Buy this if you are curious about how the band's sound had changed within the 70's, but not if you are expecting the same stunning work of BOC's first few albums.



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rockandmetaljunkie
June 8th 2012


3428 Comments


Good stuff, pos'd.

Go for the whole discography.

RunOfTheMill
June 8th 2012


1503 Comments


Review was alright, though you could have described the sound a little more. You say it's different from other Cult albums in the summary, but you don't really say how (except for . And as far as the music is concerned, it seems like you're describing it as another standard Cult album.

I've only really listened to Secret Treaties and Master of Fortune, so would this album be a good next move?

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2012


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks-Yeah I'd say this album or 'Fire of unknown Origin' is a good place to go next. By the way 'rockandmetaljunkie', I only have a few albums by BOC, and every one i'm going to review. The others I haven't gotten round to listening to as of yet. I think the review could have been a bit longer personally, it seems short compared to my others:P

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2012


4442 Comments


I need to check this out. Ive only heard Fire Of Unknown Origin from Blue Oyster's 80's album, and their early 70s stuff. Anyway good review, have a pos!

RunOfTheMill
June 9th 2012


1503 Comments


Yeah, I'll pos too, it was well written!

Also I noticed you reviewed Secret Treaties :O
I wanted to do that one!!!

DeathByAstonishment
September 3rd 2012


269 Comments


just got a vinyl of this... stoked to spin it now!

'pos man

jesuslover46
December 18th 2012


578 Comments


burnin one down

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2012


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Blade and Unknown Tongue are brilliant

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manosg
December 19th 2012


6252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great album, not so great cover though.

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jesuslover46
February 20th 2013


578 Comments


damn

demigod!
February 20th 2013


44715 Comments


cover art is wicked hot damn

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dannyboy89
March 20th 2013


12030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BOC's 70's stuff trumps their 80's stuff.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Undoubtedly true, but BOC's 80's stuff still has a few gems.

Cowlick035
April 19th 2013


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of energy in this one. Easily better than their previous three albums.

sonictheplumber
July 9th 2013


4627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

im the cosmic champion

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2013


16057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lips in the hills, scary

mark7477
February 19th 2014


393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Some of it I liked and some of it I didn't like and some of it I couldn't put my finger on good or bad LOL.However I've heard better stuff from these guys but I will say Black Blade is at least one of the good ones on here.

Brabiz
August 10th 2014


274 Comments


The album art is gorgeous



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