Blue Öyster Cult
Guitar World|February 2021
Founding guitarist Buck Dharma unwraps the symbol remains, the Hard Rock progenitors’ first album of new material in 20 years
By Puneet Singh

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.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM GUITAR WORLDView All

“SUPERSONIC”

OASIS | DEFINITELY MAYBE, 1994 | GUITARIST: NOEL GALLAGHER

2 mins read
Guitar World
August 2021

Kirk Douglas

HOW THE ROOTS GUITARIST AND FALLON VETERAN HELPED TURN THE “UNDERREPRESENTED” SG INTO A JACK OF ALL TRADES

3 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

THIS VAN'S A-ROCKIN' ON THE NEW VAN WEEZER.

WEEZER’S RIVERS CUOMO OPENS UP A “PANDORA’S BOX OF EVIL GUITAR TOOLS” AND GOES CRAZY. BELOW, HE DISCUSSES HIS POST-EDDIE VAN HALEN SHRED INFLUENCES, EIGHTIES HAIR METAL AND WHY OZZY OSBOURNE HAD TO APPROVE ONE OF WEEZER’S NEW SONGS

10+ mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

Ludic

WITH HER NEW BAND, FORMER CALPURNIA GUITARIST (AND WEEZER MUSIC VIDEO STAR) AYLA TESLER-MABE HEADS FOR UNDERSTATED, GROOVE-FORWARD WATERS

2 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

Evile

WITH LEAD GUITARIST OL DRAKE NOW MANNING THE MIC, ENGLAND’S EVILE RETURN TO UNLEASH VINTAGE THRASH METAL HELL WITH THEIR LATEST ALBUM

2 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

THE WILD TIMES, FINAL DAYS and LAST RECORDINGS of ALEXI LAIHO 1979-2020

FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH HIS BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT BANDMATES DANIEL FREYBERG AND MITJA TOIVONEN, PLUS FORMER CHILDREN OF BODOM GUITARIST ROOPE LATVALA.

10+ mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

The Ides Have It

MYLES KENNEDY — THE MAN WHO ONCE AUDITIONED FOR LED ZEPPELIN — TALKS US THROUGH THE BLISTERING PENTATONICS AND VINTAGE GEAR HEARD ON HIS SECOND SOLO ALBUM, THE IDES OF MARCH

5 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

INQUIRER GEORGE THOROGOOD

LONESOME GEORGE TALKS ROOTS, HIS FIRST GUITAR AND THE WONDERS OF THE ES-125

3 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

Peter Frampton

THE TALKBOX-TOTING GUITAR LEGEND TALKS NEW COVERS ALBUM, MODDED MARSHALLS AND BEING REUNITED WITH HIS PRIZED LES PAUL CUSTOM AFTER 30 YEARS

7 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021

JURASSIC CLASSIC

ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELECTRIC WARRIOR, PRODUCER TONY VISCONTI DISCUSSES THE GENIUS OF T. REX GUITARIST MARC BOLAN

10 mins read
Guitar World
July 2021