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Babylon A.D. – Revelation Highway Review

Released By: Frontiers Music SRL
 
Release Date: November 10th 2017
 
Genre: Hard Rock
 

 

Line Up:

Derek Davis – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar

Ron Freschi – Guitars & Vocals

John Mathews – Guitars & Keyboards

Robb Reid – Bass & Vocals

James Pacheco – Drums & Percussion

 

Tracklist:

Crash And Burn

Fool On Fire

One Million Miles

Tears

She Likes To Give It

Rags To Riches

Last Time For Love

I’m No Good For You

Saturday Night

Don’t Tell Me Tonight

 

 

Babylon A.D. was formed in San Francisco CA in 1987 and to celebrate their 30 year anniversary, plus the fact they have kept the original members, vocalist Derek Davis, guitarists John Matthews and Ron Freschi, drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Robb Reid, they give us Revelation Highway.

Rockers and readers of a certain age will remember Babylon A.D. from their late 80’s/early 90’s classics such as “Bang Go The Bells”, “Hammer Swings Down”, “Nothing Sacred and “Bad Blood”. The good news is…this album will not disappoint. There appears to be a renewed energy within the 10 songs on this their fourth album, the vocals of Derek Davis a particular highlight.

Starting off with the brilliant new single “Crash And Burn” you sense the band is firing on all cylinders setting up the listener for an intense and rewarding experience. The musicianship is obviously excellent and the tone of the album continues through the hard-hitting and melodic “One Million Miles”, “Tears” and “Rags To Riches”. Things do slow down for what seems like the obligatory ballad “Last Time For Love” although this leads into, for me, the stand out track “I’m No Good For You”.

Everything seems to click on this album. The guitar sound – heavy and melodic, the rhythm section – hard hitting and the crystal clear vocals, added to the excellent songwriting, make this an essential album. Fans of the band will expect nothing less, although this release will definitely attract a new audience and a new legion of hard rock fans to Babylon A.D. After 30 years the band sounds as good as ever so, Happy Anniversary and here is to the next 30 years!

 

Written by: Simon Kneller

Ratings: 8/10

 

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