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Albums Of The Week: Various Artists | Döminance & Submissiön | A Tribute To Blue Öyster Cult (2022)

Don't fear this compilation of stoner rockers covering the ’70s rockers classics.


If you don’t like Blue Öyster Cult, you’re really in the wrong place.

I fucking love BÖC. So naturally, I also love this compilation of stoner rockers, sludge spreader, speed demons and other heavyweights / darkhearts / weirdos covering a slate of the ’70s rock gods’ hits / highlights / deep cuts. Most of them play it fairly straight, which is no surprise, since a | You can’t improve on perfection; b | You don’t screw with the mighty power of BÖC; c | Just getting the chance to cover Transmaniacon MC, Stairway To The Stars or 7 Screaming Diz-Busters is already cool enough. Which is not to say that this is just a clonefest. War Cloud boogie down Stairway To The Stars. IT and Andrea Vidal take Wings Wetted Down deep into the sludge pit. And Spindrift add their own fuzzy garage-psyche spin to their epic version of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Nothing to be scared of here.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The all-star tribute album Döminance and Submissiön: A Tribute to Blue Öyster Cult features covers by Steve Hanford, Mark Lanegan, Billy Anderson, Zeke, Mondo Generator, members of High On Fire, Quasi, Fu Manchu, and many other names of the heavy rock world.

This special tribute album was initiated by Poison Idea’s departed drummer Steve Hanford, in conjunction with Ian Watts of Ape Machine. Founded in 1967, Blue Öyster Cult are considered pioneers of occult rock’n’roll, marking generations with timeless anthems such as (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, Burnin’ for You, Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll and Godzilla. The New York outfit has since then remained a reference act of the ’70s rock scene alongside The MC5, The Stooges and Steppenwolf.