Saturday, 27 September 2014
CD Review: Secret Treaties, by Blue Öyster Cult (1974)
The third studio album from New York's Blue Öyster Cult, Secret Treaties is an accomplished hard rock collection pushed into metal territory by clever aggression and complex arrangements.
Secret Treaties also features plenty of insanely enjoyable let-loose moments. The final minute of the frantic Dominance And Submission rocks out with Donald Roeser's nimble guitar charging into battle, while Harvester Of Eyes is a bluesy romp encouragingly nudged into the metal age.
Cagey Cretins is an unfortunate throwaway track, but the rest of the album is filled with attractive harmonies, swirling arrangements appealing to the psychedelia crowd, and a seemingly endless capacity to explore always interesting new territory within the bounds of classy energy.
Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - Guitar
Eric Bloom - Vocals
Albert Bouchard - Drums
Joseph Bouchard - Bass
Allen Lanier - Keyboards
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Career Of Evil - 9
2. Subhuman - 8
3. Dominance And Submission - 9
4. ME 262 - 7
5. Cagey Cretins - 6
6. Harvester Of Eyes - 8
7. Flaming Telepaths - 7
8. Astronomy - 7
Produced by Murray Krugman and Sandy Pearlman.
Engineered by Tim Geelan. Recorded by Lehman Yates and Lou Schlossberg.
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