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Babylon A.D. – Lost Sessions/Fresno CA 93 [Review]


Babylon A.D. – Lost Sessions/Fresno, CA 93
2014, Apocalypse Records/Perris Records
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1. Love Blind
2. While America Sleeps
3. Love Is a Mystery
4. Bang Go the Bells

Derek Davis – Vocals
Ron Freschi – Guitar
Danny De La Rosa – Guitar
Robb Reid – Bass
Jamey Pacheco – Drums

This EP is new release of old songs (even the re-recording of “Bang Go the Bells” is a few years old) but that doesn’t deter from the quality of music. Late bloomers in the ’80s hair metal scene, Babylon A.D. has regrouped yet again for a run of shows throughout 2014 and have given us this glimpse into “what could’ve been” with three unreleased tracks that were recorded in 1993 and a newer version of their signature song “Bang Go the Bells” that was recorded in 2010.

The first three tracks were recorded, presumably, for a third album. Ultimately, a third studio release from the band wouldn’t happen until 2002 with the release of  American Blitzkreig as the band became inactive in the face of the changing musical climate in the early 1990s.

“Love Blind” is a great rocker. It’s a shame this song got scuttled due to the rise of grunge and alternative music. The riff is great. Very catchy song.

“While America Sleeps” is okay but basically filler.

Clocking in at nearly 7 minutes, “Love Is a Mystery” seems like the band’s attempt at writing an epic ballad. Parts of it remind me of Great White but other parts have a dark vibe to it. It’s good.

Finally, we arrived at the 2010 rendition of “Bang Go the Bells”. It’s fine. Derek Davis’ voice may be slightly weaker but at least they didn’t try to reinvent the song and modernize it.

Fans of Babylon A.D. will enjoy this look back at what the band was up to in 1993. The physical CD price of $12+ is a bit ridiculous for four songs but you can score the MP3 album version for under $4.

Highlights: “Love Blind”, “Love Is a Mystery”

Babylon A.D. – Nothing Sacred

Babylon A.D. – Nothing Sacred (1992, Arista Records)

1. “Take the Dog Off the Chain” … 4:40
2. “Bad Blood” … 3:57
3. “So Savage the Heart” … 5:14
4. “Sacrifice Your Love” … 5:36
5. “Redemption” … 4:57
6. “Down the River of No Return” … 3:08
7. “Psychedelic Sex Reaction” … 4:28
8. “Dream Train” … 4:52
9. “Blind Ambition” … 4:31
10. “Slave Your Body” … 3:50
11. “Of the Rose” … 1:36
12. “Pray for the Wicked” … 4:27

Derek Davis – Vocals
Danny DeLaRosa – Guitar, Banjo
Ron Freschi – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Robb Reid – Bass, Backing Vocals
Jamey Pacheco – Drums

Producer: Tom Werman

The second and final major label album from Babylon A.D. and they couldn’t have picked a worse time to release it! Or a worse label to be on! Despite the wind of change that was in the air at this time, this album is pretty good.

Overall, I don’t think it’s consistent as the debut.The first five tracks are inoffensive but come off as uninspired. The ballad “So Savage the Heart” seems to be cited as the album’s highlight and people say it shoulda/woulda/coulda bee a sure-fire radio hit had it been released a few years earlier but I’m just not feeling it.

The album’s best ballad is “Down the River of No Return” (which reminds me of Zeppelin at times) and once that comes on, things start looking up and the rest of the album is golden. “Psychadelic Sex Reaction”, “Dream Train” and “Blind Ambition” bring a bit more swagger than earlier the tracks do. “Slave Your Body” is 100% hair metal in all its glory, fading or not, and is probably the best rocker of the whole bunch. “Of the Rose” is a really cool acoustic instrumental and the album wraps up with another hairy effort – “Pray for the Wicked”.

I don’t think this album charted at all and it wouldn’t be long before the band split up only to reunite and release American Blitzkrieg in 2002. Haven’t checked that one out yet but I probably should. Guitarist Ron Freschi would later go on to form Syrym (which has a sound very similar to Babylon A.D.) in 2007 and drummer Jamey Pachecho would join in 2008. According to Wikipedia (always the world’s leading news source), Babylon A.D. has reunited yet again and as of 2010 they were working on new material and released a new version of “Bang Go the Bells” for digital download.

Highlights: “Down the River of No Return”, “Psychedelic Sex Reaction”, “Dream Train”, “Blind Ambition”, “Slave Your Body”, “Of the Rose”, “Pray for the Wicked”

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BABYLON A.D. – Babylon A.D.

BABYLON A.D. – Babylon A.D. (1989, Arista Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Bang Go The Bells” (4:15)
2. “Hammer Swings Down” (3:27)
3. “Caught In The Crossfire” (3:33)
4. “Desperate” (5:23)
5. “The Kid Goes Wild” (4:52)
6. “Shot O’ Love” (5:47)
7. “Maryanne” (3:41)
8. “Back in Babylon” (4:10)
9. “Sweet Temptation” (3:40)
10. “Sally Danced” (5:53)

Derek Davis – Vocals
Dan De La Rosa – Guitar
Ron Freschi – Guitar
Eric Pacheco – Bass
James Pacheco – Drums

So Arista Records (more known for pop and R&B acts) wanted to get a piece of the hard rock pie, so they signed up a bunch rock acts in the late 80s/early 90s. Babylon A.D. was one of those acts, and it’s a shame that Arista decided to get into the rock/metal scene just before it was to be annihilated over by grunge, because Babylon A.D. was really great hard rock band that probably would’ve been bigger had they arrived a year or three earlier. This is a really strong debut album and having recently discovered it (I knew *of* the band previously, but hadn’t actually listened to much of their music), I can’t take it out of my car’s CD player. These guys aren’t glam, they aren’t sleaze, they’re just a really good hard rock band and you oughta check’em out.

Highlights: Bang Go The Bells, Caught In The Crossfire, Desperate, Shot O’ Love, Maryanne, Back In Babylon

Lowlights: None really, even the “weaker” songs on the album (Hammer Swings Down, The Kid Goes Wild) are decent.

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