Out Now: Blue Öyster Cult Returns with ‘The Symbol Remains,’ the First BoC Album Since 2001 (Listen/Buy)


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Blue Öyster Cult is back in a big way — and today, the hard rock legends returned with The Symbol Remains, the group’s first album of new material since 2001.

(Click here to purchase Blue Öyster Cult’s The Symbol Remains from our Rock Cellar Store).

Nearly 20 years between albums is a long time, but Blue Öyster Cult sounds just as aggressive, focused and confident in its sound as it ever has. That much was made evident in the pre-release songs the band shared ahead of the record, such as “That Was Me” — which features a cameo from founding member Albert Bouchard:

“Box in My Head” turns the mirror toward our digitized age in a pretty slick video:

And so on.

The Symbol Remains features 14 songs, and is the result of the group’s meticulous work on the album — a process that began in 2019 and incorporated new material as well as pre-existing song fragments members that were already in the works.

“With the song demos emerging for this record, we realized there was as much if not more variety in style and content on this record as any in our history,” says 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 done that,” adds Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser. “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.”

As for how the band worked on new music remotely during the middle of a global pandemic — such a strange, frustrating time for us all:

“The COVID-19 lockdown slowed the completion of the record. We were prevented from traveling and collaborating in person. But luckily we had already done the basic tracks. We resorted to video conferencing and producing each other over the internet. Fortunately, the technology exists at this moment in time to do that. The live performance cancellations gave us a little more time to carefully consider the finishing touches. We also sent the album out to be mixed by Tom Lord-Alge and we worked together over the internet on that as well,” said Buck Dharma.

Welcome back, Blue Öyster Cult. Stream the album below, via Spotify.


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