Heaven Forbid

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Heaven Forbid
Heaven Forbid cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 24, 1998 (US)
RecordedMillbrook Sound Studios, Millbrook, New York, U.S.
ProducerBuck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Steve Schenck
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
Cult Classic
Heaven Forbid
Don't Fear the Reaper: The Best of Blue Öyster Cult
Alternative cover
BOC heaven forbid alternative.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

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 album's live song "In Thee" was originally featured on Mirrors. "Still Burnin'" is a sequel to the song "Burnin' for You" that appeared on Fire of Unknown Origin.

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.

"Harvest Moon", "Power Underneath Despair", "Cold Gray Light of Dawn" and "Still Burnin'" were debuted live during the 1992 tour.[3][4]

The album was re-released on April 17, 2020 by Frontiers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "See You in Black" (Eric Bloom, Donald Roeser, John Shirley) – 3:17
  2. "Harvest Moon" (Roeser) – 4:55
  3. "Power Underneath Despair" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:30
  4. "X-Ray Eyes" (Roeser, Shirley) – 3:48
  5. "Hammer Back" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:35
  6. "Damaged" (Roeser, Shirley) – 4:22
  7. "Cold Gray Light of Dawn" (Bloom, Roeser, Shirley) – 3:51
  8. "Real World" (Roeser, Shirley) – 5:08
  9. "Live for Me" (Roeser, Shirley) – 5:19
  10. "Still Burnin'" (Roeser, Jon Rogers) – 3:39
  11. "In Thee" (Live) (Allen Lanier) – 3:40


Band members[edit]

  • 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

Additional musicians[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Blue Öyster Cult - Heaven Forbid review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/stats/blue-oyster-cult-3bd6b814.html?year=1992
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClKAZ3IKzs4&t