BLUE ÖYSTER CULT is hard at work on new material for a studio album that will be released next year. According to frontman Eric Bloom, "the band is in the middle of creating new songs and recording them in between tour dates and, as they evolve in rehearsals and soundchecks, we hope to be able to drop a song or two into our live shows soon. Everyone is involved in the writing and arrangement of the new material and we're all excited about the prospect of a new BÖC album to be released in 2020."
In other news, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT has confirmed a January 24, 2020 release date for "Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014" and a reissued, remastered version of its 12th studio album, "Cult Classic".
Recorded on October 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, "Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014" offers a comprehensive and exciting look at the BLUE ÖYSTER CULT repertoire. With nearly two hours of music, the band is on fire, performing some of the finest and most beloved songs from its history, while not forgetting some deeper cuts which will make longtime fans of the band quite happy. The release will be available 2CD+DVD, Blu-ray, and 3xLP (180g, gatefold) formats.
Says Bloom: "I'm most excited about the formats, i.e. a triple vinyl, DVD, CD, Blu-ray of the 2014 concert from the Hard Rock Cleveland 2014. A collector's delight." This is the first in a series of live releases which are going to be released during 2020.
Originally released in 1994, "Cult Classic" includes updated recordings of the band's biggest hits, including such classics as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Burning For You", "Astronomy" and "Godzilla", among others. This reissue is remastered and comes with updated artwork. It will be available on CD and 2xLP (180g, gatefold) formats. "'Cult Classic' hasn't been available for many years and now here it is again in all these new ways," adds Bloom.
With a history spanning almost five decades, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT has a long history of success. They've sold more than 24 million records worldwide, including seven million in the United States alone. Songs like "Burnin' For You", "Godzilla", "Astronomy" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" are true classics and staples of the classic rock genre. Often cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal (including IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA), BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's sound has evolved through the decades, touching hard rock, heavy metal, progressive, and psychedelic rock. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT is sometimes referred to as "the thinking man's heavy metal band," due to its often cryptic lyrics, literate songwriting, and links to famous authors.