The Symbol Remains | Blue Oyster Cult
In other words, there’s something for everybody on this very solid return to past glories.
Not everything on "The Symbol Remains" hits the mark, but with at least ten hits and only a handful of misses, this is easily the best BLUE ÖYSTER CULT album since 1988's "Imaginos", and a worthy entry point for anyone refusing to acknowledge the last fifty years.
The fact that the 14-track album is so varied keeps things interesting throughout the whole album. You never know what’s coming next. An album that manages to sound like both 10cc and Manowar can’t be a bad thing, can it?
All 14 songs on The Symbol Remains have their strengths and weaknesses, but the overall result is a fairly rigid record that fills a long-overdue gap.
Though considering this is their first new album in 19 year and the fact that the original members are quite old this is a fantastic releases that i did not think i would enjoy as much as i did . Highly recommend giving it a listen.
Louder Than War
the enigmatic prog-metallers deliver their fiercest album since the ’70s.
Maximum Volume Music
Long term fans will absolutely love this album and rightly so. For those unfamiliar with BOC then there has never been a better time to start getting acquainted.
All together, The Symbol Remains is a well-executed Rock-n-Roll album that only adds to the Blue Öyster Cult legacy. It has everything you would expect from them, including harmonized vocals, plus more.
Markus' Heavy Music Blog
This album reflects joy of life and dedication for their passion for playing stellar rock music. Everybody that thought that the heydays of the band ended somewhere in the ’80s should give this album a fair chance. You will be surprised and you will love it.
Ghost Cult Magazine
Overall, Blue Oyster Cult sound very much like themselves on The Symbol Remains. Fourteen tracks might be a few too many for a true modern classic status, but it’s refreshing to see the band offer a blend with catchiness and atmosphere through their signature eccentricity.
Sea of Tranquility
A few really heavy numbers, plenty of pop, haunting prog & psychedelia, and a couple of dark, epic songs, as the band take bits of Curse of the Hidden Mirror, Heaven Forbid and a healthy dose of their '70s and '80s classics, throw it all in a blender, and out comes one of the most welcome returns in many years, and easily the comeback of the year here in 2020.
Get Ready To Rock
For a band who survived the hedonistic, life shortening heights of fame, a seen-it-all, done-it-all mindset would have been understandable. But the fact that they are still going strong, writing and recording truly great rock music is cause for quiet celebration.
Metal Planet Music
Always intelligent, their humour and class hallmarks of the band, Blue Oyster Cult have once again staked their place as one the greatest American bands of all time, their likenesses worthy of being carved in the stone of rock music’s Mount Rushmore. Quite simply, ‘The Symbol Remains’ lays a firm claim to be amongst the very best albums you’ll hear all year.