|Studio album by|
|Released||March 24, 1998 (US)|
|Recorded||Millbrook Sound Studios, Millbrook, New York, U.S.|
|Producer||Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Steve Schenck|
|Blue Öyster Cult chronology|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
Heaven Forbid is the thirteenth studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1998. It was the band's first studio album with new material in a decade (not counting the 1992 soundtrack to Bad Channels). American science fiction and horror writer John Shirley wrote lyrics to most of the songs on the album. While he his primarily known as an author for his cyberpunk stories, many of the lyrics on this album revolve around early science fiction and mystery motifs. The album's working title was 'Ezekiel's Wheel,' after the Biblical story that some take to reference an early visitation by UFOs.
The inspiration for the alternative cover is Morgan Fairchild. This image also appears on the reverse of the insert, and was originally intended to be the front piece as indicated by advertisements from the period.
The album was re-released on April 17, 2020 by Frontiers.
- "See You in Black" (Eric Bloom, Donald Roeser, John Shirley) – 3:17
- "Harvest Moon" (Roeser) – 4:55
- "Power Underneath Despair" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:30
- "X-Ray Eyes" (Roeser, Shirley) – 3:48
- "Hammer Back" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:35
- "Damaged" (Roeser, Shirley) – 4:22
- "Cold Gray Light of Dawn" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:51
- "Real World" (Roeser, Shirley) – 5:08
- "Live for Me" (Roeser, Shirley) – 5:19
- "Still Burnin'" (Roeser, Jon Rogers) – 3:39
- "In Thee" (Live) (Allen Lanier) – 3:40
- Eric Bloom – guitars, keyboards, lead vocals on tracks 1, 3, 5, and 7, producer
- Buck Dharma – guitars, keyboards, lead vocals on tracks 2, 4, 6, 8-11, producer
- Allen Lanier – guitars, keyboards
- Danny Miranda – bass guitar on tracks 1, 4-9, 11, backing vocals
- Jon Rogers – bass guitar on tracks 2, 3 and 10, backing vocals
- Bob Rondinelli – drums on track 9
- Chuck Burgi - drums on tracks 1-8 and 10, backing vocals
- George Cintron – additional vocals
- Tony Perrino – additional keyboards
- Steve Schenck - producer on tracks 2, 3, 10, management
- Paul Orofino – engineer, mixing
- Marc Senesac – engineer and mixing on tracks 2, 3, 10
- Leon Zervos – mastering
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Blue Öyster Cult - Heaven Forbid review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- Popoff, Martin (August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 57–58. ISBN 978-1894959629.