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Zeke and Jeff Matz of High On Fire deliver fierce »Cities On Flames« cover from the upcoming Blue Öyster Cult tribute album

Seattle hardcore punk legends Zeke and Jeff Matz of High On Fire deliver fierce »Cities On Flames« cover from the upcoming Blue Öyster Cult tribute album, »Döminance And Submissiön: A Tribute To Blue Öyster Cult«, out on January 14th, 2022 via Ripple Music.

Courtesy of Purple Sage PR:

Seattle punk legends Zeke join forces with Jeff Matz of High On Fire to deliver a heavy and fiery cover of Blue Öyster Cult’s »Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll«. The song is taken from the upcoming all-star album »Döminance And Submissiön: A Tribute To Blue Öyster Cult«, due out January 14th on Ripple Music.

»Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll« is the very first single released by Blue Öyster Cult in 1972, also appearing on their cornerstone Columbia Records debut »Blue Oÿster Cult«. The song has been countlessly featured on TV shows, video games, and covered by a wide range of bands over the decades. So as one would expect from Seattle hardcore punk pillars Zeke, this special cover of »Cities On Flames« is one raging, fire-propelled four-minute and a half of epic hard rock’n’roll. Joined by their former bandmate Jeff Matz (High On Fire), the group offers a unique and heavy rendition of the BÖC classic!

🔥 Listen to Zeke and Jeff Matz cover »Cities On Flames« on streaming platforms // Watch on YouTube 🔥

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« or »Godzilla«. The New York outfit has since then remained a reference act of the 70s US rock scene.

The ambitious »Döminance And Submissiön: A Tribute To Blue Öyster Cult« album was initiated by Poison Idea’s departed drummer Steve Hanford aka Thee Slayer Hippy, in conjunction with Ian Watts of Ape Machine. The album highlights some of the finest work from the legendary band, thanks to unique contributions from Mark Lanegan, Billy Anderson, Mondo Generator, Great Electric Quest, War Cloud, Zeke, Year Of The Cobra, Ape Machine, Tony Reed (Mos Generator), Howling Giant, Quasi, Bob Balch (Fu Manchu), Jeff Matz (High On Fire), Fetish, Holy Grove and more.

It will be released in a special edition 2xLP (limited colored and classic black edition), CD and digital. Listen to the heavy cover of “Godzilla” by Howling Giant and Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) on Bandcamp.

»Döminance And Submissiön: A Tribute To Blue Öyster Cult« out January 14th on Ripple Music. Pre-order HERE.

Full tracklist & lineup:

Side 1:
01. Mondo Machine – ME 262
02. Great Electric Quest – Flaming Telepaths
03. Cosmo-Daemonic Telegraph Company feat. Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Sam Coomes – Dominance And Submission
04. Howling Giant feat. Bob Balch – Godzilla

Side 2:
01. Tony Reed (Mos Generator) with Thee Slayer Hippy – Transmaniacon MC
02. IT feat. Andrea Vidal – Wings Wetted Down
03. Mondo Generator with Thee Slayer Hippy – Tattoo Vampire
04. Ape Machine – Veteran Of The Psychic Wars
05. Zeke – Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll

Side 3:
01. War Cloud feat. Janiece Gonzalez – Stairway To The Stars
02. Year Of The Cobra with Thee Slayer Hippy – Fireworks
03. Fetish – 7 Screaming Diz-Busters
04. Spindrift – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

As Poison Idea’s drummer and producer, Hanford lived the hard road of the rock veteran. He played on two highly influential hardcore records: »War All The Time« and »Feel The Darkness«, and worked as a producer on indie rock projects such as Heatmiser (with Elliot Smith) and punk albums for notable names like The Hard-Ons. Following struggles with addiction and a seven-year prison sentence, he turned his life around, starting work in a music program and playing drums first in The Skull and then joining Ape Machine as drummer and producer. While on the road with Ape Machine, Steve decided to produce a tribute record to one of his favorite bands, Blue Öyster Cult.

Hanford was an accomplished and respected musician, able to round up a star-studded cast of bands for the tribute. Passing away in May of 2020, he didn’t see the project’s completion, but he completed most of the recordings, leaving Watts to gather the final pieces. All proceeds will go to Hanford’s widowed partner, Kitty Diggins.

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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