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Babylon A.D. - 2017 Revelation Highway


ARTIST: Babylon A.D.
ALBUM: Revelation Highway
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Derek Davis - vocals, production * John Matthews, Ron Freschi - guitars * Robb Reid - bass * Jamey Pacheco - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Crash And Burn * 02 Fool On Fire * 03 One Million Miles * 04 Tears * 05 She Likes To Give It * 06 Rags To Riches * 07 Last Time For Love * 08 I'm No Good For You * 09 Saturday Night * 10 Don't Tell Me Tonight


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It's been nearly thirty years since their origin point, but some good things never truly go away. We're talking about San Francisco hard rockers Babylon A.D. in this case. They never quite hit the home runs their record label Arista was looking for, and their glam metal style never quite attracted the national attention that bands like Warrant and Firehouse did, despite featuring some great songs from their 1989 debut. But here we are in 2017, the band have scored a deal with Frontiers Records, and have rocked up to the table with 'Revelation Highway'. It's not the glam metal we heard on their 1989 and 1992 records, nor even their tough modern rock from 2000. This is a gritty hard rock and blues combo, which safely sits out on the fringe. It's not Quiet Riot, L.A Guns nor Warrant or any of the other Frontiers knock-ups in recent times. Listening to 'Revelation Highway', I'd suggest this album has more attitude and the band members have more clues than any of that aforementioned rabble.

The Songs
The opener 'Crash And Burn' gives us some indication as to how Babylon A.D. have turned their fortunes around. Those chugging guitars are front, side and back, and Derek Davis drives the bus without concern for everyone's safety.. lol! 'Fool On Fire' also holds some interest, with a slight orchestral backdrop too. The band take a interlude on the mild melodic rocker 'One Million Miles', a not so brash tune which adds some relief to proceedings. 'Tears' is the sole ballad on the album, but for the remainder, it's kick-ass rock n roll, and there's no let up nor weakness right to the end. 'She Likes To Give It', and the pumping 'Rags To Riches' sound as good as any previous material that the band have produced, the latter in particular a robust rocker with some nice drum work from Jamey Pacheco. 'Last Time For Love' and 'Saturday Night' are perfect reminders of Babylon A.D.'s 80's past, while the closer 'Don't Tell Me Tonight' contains some glorious riffs that really do take us back on a DeLorean to the late 80's.

In Summary
Overall, this is a very decent album ,and I came away quite surprised how good it was actually. The two videos below are good but aren't the best tracks on the album, you'd need to take a listen for yourself and make your own mind up. As mentioned, Babylon A.D. are a long way out from their heyday, but the band are back to their original line-up, which is always a good thing from a historical viewpoint. Though Danny De La Rosa was in the band on the two Arista albums, it was John Matthews who was the original six-stringer. Along with Derek's solo album which we also reviewed in 2017, Babylon A.D. are plainly back in the public eye, which is good to see. Now if I can only interest Beggars And Thieves to make a return in 2018?

Babylon A.D. - 2017 One Million Miles

Babylon A.D. - 2017 Crash And Burn

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