Curse of the Hidden Mirror
Curse of the hidden mirror cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 5, 2001
StudioMillbrook Sound Studios, Millbrook, New York
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Blue Öyster Cult chronology
St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings
Curse of the Hidden Mirror
The Symbol Remains
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[3]

Curse of the Hidden Mirror is the fourteenth studio album by American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult, released in 2001. The only single from the record was the poorly received "Pocket". Lackluster sales and poor relations led to the band being dropped by their label, Sanctuary Records; as a result, BÖC did not release another studio album for nearly 20 years, until the release of The Symbol Remains in 2020.

The title of the album is taken from a song contained in the unreleased album by the Stalk-Forrest Group, the band that would later become Blue Öyster Cult, recorded in 1970.

John Shirley, an author of cyberpunk science fiction, wrote the lyrics for many songs of the album.

The song "Out Of The Darkness" was originally featured in the 1992 film Bad Channels,[4] which Blue Öyster Cult recorded the soundtrack for, although the song was not included in the soundtrack album for the movie. "Showtime" was originally written and recorded for Cultösaurus Erectus but did not make the final cut.

Curse of the Hidden Mirror is the final Blue Öyster Cult album to feature longtime keyboardist Allen Lanier, who died in 2013.

Track listing

1."Dance on Stilts"Donald Roeser, John Shirley6:05
2."Showtime"Eric Bloom, John Trivers4:38
3."The Old Gods Return"Bloom, Roeser, Shirley4:36
4."Pocket"Roeser, Shirley4:15
5."One Step Ahead of the Devil"Bloom, Roeser, Danny Miranda, Bobby Rondinelli, Shirley4:16
6."I Just Like to Be Bad"Bloom, Bryan Neumeister, Shirley3:54
7."Here Comes That Feeling"Roeser, Dick Trismen3:21
8."Out of the Darkness"Miranda, Bloom, Roeser, Shirley5:06
9."Stone of Love"Roeser, Richard Meltzer5:49
10."Eye of the Hurricane"Bloom, Neumeister, Roeser, Rondinelli, Shirley4:40
11."Good to Feel Hungry"Miranda, Bloom, Roeser, Shirley4:12


Band members

Additional musicians

  • Norman DelTufo – percussion
  • George Cintron – background vocals


  • Paul Orofino – engineer, mixing
  • Leon Zervos – mastering


  1. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "Blue Öyster Cult - Curse of the Hidden Mirror review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Wilson, David L. "Blue Oyster Cult – "Curse of the Hidden Mirror" (CMC International)". Blistering. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2012-04-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin; Perri, David (March 2011). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 4: The '00s. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 9781926592206. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Bad Channels (1992 Video) – Soundtracks – IMDb". Retrieved 2014-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)