Buck Dharma decodes the myriad styles behind Blue Öyster Cult's first new album in almost 20 years, The Symbol Remains

Blue Öyster Cult
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It's been nearly 20 years since hard rock progenitors Blue Öyster Cult have put out an original album. But with the release of The Symbol Remains, the group are set to light cities aflame with a return to form. 

Founding members, co-vocalists and guitarists Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser have helmed BÖC’s eclectic take on rock since the Sixties. Across 14 albums, BÖC carved out a niche blending diverse styles with esoteric lyrics, while ubiquitous FM hits like (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, Godzilla and Burnin’ for You imprinted them into popular culture.  

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