Since releasing their self-titled 1972 Columbia debut, Blue Öyster Cult have been called everything from the thinking man's heavy metal group to an occult rock band to the first pop/heavy metal act. They have sold more than 25 million records, and they released a handful of singles during the '70s that became classic rock radio standards, among them "Don't Fear the Reaper," "Burnin' for You," and "Godzilla." Lyrics that crisscrossed science fiction, the occult, and horror films; their layered, three-guitar attack; expansive vocal harmonies; and almost inimitable balance between crunchy riffs and infectious hooks resulted in the most listenable metal of the '70s. Their third album, 1974's gold-certified Secret Treaties, established them as mainstays on FM radio, and they were enshrined as arena rock headliners worldwide with 1975's ...
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