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Fires Of Babylon - 2008 Fires Of Babylon



ARTIST: Fires Of Babylon
ALBUM: Fires Of Babylon
LABEL: Metal Heaven
SERIAL: MHV00052
YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rob Rock - vocals * Lou St Paul - guitars * Kelly Conlon - bass * Robert Falzano - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Falling To Pieces * 02 Devilution * 03 When The Kingdom Comes * 04 Lake Of Fire * 05 Holy Resurrection * 06 Going Through Changes * 07 Lazarus Rising * 08 Revolution Coming * 09 Generation Of Destruction * 10 Castles Are Burning

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WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/firesofbabylon


Background
A great name, and great image! Fires Of Babylon is a newly formed band featuring some of the best HM musos out of the American scene. Rob Rock needs no introduction.. he has been featured here at GDM as a regular since the year 2000. Guitarist Lou St Paul has seen time with Winters Bane while the rhythm section of Conlon and Falzano have paid their dues with the likes of Death, Annihilator and Shatter Messiah respectively. Despite the heavyweight names onboard and their very HM oriented history, the album's concept appears to be very much a Christian backed theme. This band all started when Georg Siegl from Metal Heaven asked guitarist Lou St Paul to write some new songs and put together a band. Fires Of Babylon is the result. It's not all about Christian themes however. FOB combine relationships, struggles and triumphs, political commentary, and of course, Biblical world views.. says Lou. In this era of war, violence and corruption, trying to set the record straight for the sake of humanity is an admirable one. This shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of Rob Rock's solo work. You'll see this recurring theme pop up all the way through his CD's - so it seems he is a good fit for this project. Being able to deliver a message like this through a medium that today’s youth can understand is an ideal way to initiate change. The theme is uplifting, the delivery method is hard hitting, the style - melodic metal.. pure and simple. Rob is sounding very much like a young Graham Bonnet on this album, while Lou drags out all of his 80's influences and wears it on his chest with battle-hardened pride.


The Songs
The album includes an ever-present underbelly of keyboards which combines to give this an epic and near symphonic sheen. Starting out with 'Falling To Pieces', the riffs remind you of early Vicious Rumors and Metal Church. Robert Falzano drives this track hard with his heavy footed double bass drums.

'Devilution' contains a Queensryche like chorus, and has a demanding message for all to hear. I understand the album was going to be called 'Devilution' but the band changed their minds in the end.

There's some huge deep-sounding thunderous riffs on 'When The Kingdom Comes'. I'll leave it for you to pick the eyes out of this one. There are numerous.

'Lake Of Fire' is a stop/start affair, the use of unusual chord voicings heard on the vocal melodies doesn't present this track in the best light. Lyrical mention of Lucifer, beasts, false prophets, Christ deniers all sounds a bit too rambly for my liking.. bordering on silly.

More religious themes abound on 'Holy Resurrection', though I doubt they will ever be playing this track at Sunday School! It's pretty rampant and slam-dunk heavy!

'Going Through Changes' is huge on chugging guitar riffs and a fast tempo, sort of like Pantera during their melodic 80's era.

'Lazarus Rising' takes on that 'epic' sound, and reflects back to that time of the resurrection and the three days in-between. It's all played out over a HM backdrop. Oh my goodness, what will the goodie two-shoes Christians say?

Sounding as if this is a Queensryche reprise, 'Revolution Coming' outlines a future that doesn't sound too promising for the average Joe Blow. Should we be stocking up on food and supplies for the time of turmoil ahead? That's what Rob and FOB seem to be telling us in this modern anthem of chaos.

Rob sings about the current 'Generation Of Destruction'. Of course, in 2008 we see it every day, live with it, and put up with all the nonsense. The musical angst mirrors the intent and lyrics.

No two ways about it, 'Castles Are Burning' is a huge send-off for the album. Intense delivery, with a message that implies that the world's biggest country superpowers are on a course of destruction.. but who's listening?


In Summary
I'm unsure whether Rob Rock will release a solo album this year. At last report he was signed with fellow German label AFM Records. Whether he does or not, I'm sure that Fires Of Babylon will more than make up for the shortfall. As I said, this band have their focus totally honed in on the 80's. You'd swear they have no idea what grunge was, who Kurt Cobain was,and are totally oblivious to the fact that Princess Diana was killed in a car-crash! How committed is that? lol! Though it's a metal album from 2008, Fires Of Babylon are slightly 80's retro metal with a current day message. They hope you get it.. the message that is! Release date is April 25th, 2008.


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