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Heaven Forbid is the thirteenth studio album by Blue Öyster Cult. It was released on March 24, 1998 by CMC International and was the first full studio album containing new material since 1988's Imaginos.

Science fiction author John Shirley contributed heavily to the album, writing lyrics for all except two original songs.


Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser – lead guitar, vocals, keyboards, producer
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar
  • Danny Miranda – bass ("See You In Black," "X-Ray Eyes"–"Live for Me," "In Thee")
  • Jon Rogers – bass ("Harvest Moon," "Power Underneath Despair," "Still Burnin'")
  • Chuck Bürgi – drums
  • Bob Rondinelli – drums ("Live for Me")

Additional musicians

  • George Cintron – additional vocals
  • Tony Perrino – additional keyboards


  • Steve Schenck – producer ("Harvest Moon," "Power Underneath Despair," "Still Burnin'"), manager
  • Paul Orofino – engineer, mixing
  • Marc Senesac – engineer, mixing ("Harvest Moon," "Power Underneath Despair," "Still Burnin'")
  • Leon Zervos – mastering
  • Alessandro Del Vecchio – remastering (2020 reissue)
  • Rob Prior – cover painting
  • Giulio Cataldo – design

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
Side A
1 See You In Black John Shirley, Bloom, Roeser Bloom 3:17
2 Harvest Moon Roeser Roeser 4:55
3 Power Underneath Despair Shirley, Bloom, Roeser Bloom 3:30
4 X-Ray Eyes Shirley, Roeser Roeser 3:48
5 Hammer Back Shirley, Bloom, Roeser Bloom 3:35
6 Damaged Shirley, Roeser Roeser 4:22
Side B
7 Cold Gray Light of Dawn Shirley, Bloom, Roeser Bloom 3:51
8 Real World Shirley, Roeser Roeser 5:08
9 Live For Me Shirley, Roeser Roeser 5:19
10 Still Burnin' Rogers, Roeser Roeser 3:39
11 In Thee (Live) Lanier Roeser 3:40
Studio albums Blue Öyster CultTyranny and MutationSecret Treaties
Agents of FortuneSpectresMirrorsCultösaurus Erectus
Fire of Unknown OriginThe Revölution by NightClub NinjaImaginosCult ClassicHeaven Forbid
Curse of the Hidden MirrorThe Symbol Remains
Live albums On Your Feet or on Your KneesSome Enchanted EveningExtraterrestrial LiveA Long Day's Night
Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014
40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016
iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
Other albums Bad ChannelsSt. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings
The Columbia Albums Collectiön
(RaritiesRadios Appear: The Best of the BroadcastsHarvester of Lives)