Cultösaurus Erectus

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Cultösaurus Erectus
A dinosaur-like monster with long teeth and 5 eyes stands majestically in front of a mountain landscape.
Cover art by Richard Clifton-Dey
Studio album by Blue Öyster Cult
Released June 14, 1980 (1980-06-14)
Recorded Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 41:10
Label Columbia
Producer Martin Birch
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Cultösaurus Erectus
Fire of Unknown Origin
(1981)Fire of Unknown Origin1981
Singles from Cultösaurus Erectus
  1. "Here's Johnny (The Marshall Plan) / Divine Wind"
    Released: June 1980
  2. "Fallen Angel / Lips in the Hills"
    Released: July 1980
  3. "Deadline / Monsters"
    Released: October 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 10/10[2]

Cultösaurus Erectus is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1980. Following an experiment with a more-polished sound on the album Mirrors (released the previous year), this recording marked a return to the band's earlier hard-rock sound. The first track, "Black Blade," features lyrics by fantasy and sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock and is about Stormbringer, a black sword wielded by Elric of Melniboné, the most famous character in Moorcock's mythology.

This album also features the first collaboration with British producer Martin Birch (Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden), who would go on to produce the successful following album Fire of Unknown Origin in 1981. The riff to Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," a song Birch helped record, is referenced in "The Marshall Plan." "The Marshall Plan" itself is not about the World War II scenario, but a reference to the amplifier manufacturer.

While the album did sell more than its predecessor, it stalled at Gold status. However, during this time Blue Öyster Cult was still filling large venues. The tour promoting Cultösaurus Erectus found the band co-headlining sports arenas in the United States with Black Sabbath as part of the Black and Blue Tour (see Black and Blue).

The album cover features a part of the painting Behemoth's World by British artist Richard Clifton-Dey. The cover art was also used for the 1991 video game Ork.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Black Blade" Eric Bloom, Michael Moorcock, John Trivers Bloom 6:34
2. "Monsters" Albert Bouchard, Caryn Bouchard Bloom 5:10
3. "Divine Wind" Donald Roeser Bloom 5:07
4. "Deadline" Roeser Roeser 4:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
5. "The Marshall Plan" Bloom, A. Bouchard, Joe Bouchard, Allen Lanier, Roeser Bloom 5:24
6. "Hungry Boys" A. Bouchard, C. Bouchard A. Bouchard 3:38
7. "Fallen Angel" J. Bouchard, Helen Wheels J. Bouchard 3:11
8. "Lips in the Hills" Bloom, Roeser, Richard Meltzer Bloom 4:24
9. "Unknown Tongue" A. Bouchard, David Roter Bloom 3:55
Total length: 41:10


Band members
Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard 200 (United States) 34[3]
UK Album Chart 12[4]
RPM100 Albums (Canada) 77[5]


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Blue Öyster Cult Cultosaurus Erectus review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "Cultosaurus Erectus Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Cultosaurus Erectus Chart Stats". Chart Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 33, No. 21, August 16, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. 16 August 1980. Retrieved 2012-01-19.