Babylon A.D. – Revelation Highway
2017, Frontiers Records
- Crash and Burn
- Fool on Fire
- One Million Miles
- 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
Derek Davis – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar
Ron Freschi – Guitars & Vocals
John Mathews – Guitars & Keyboards
Robb Reid – Bass & Vocals
James Pacheco – Drums & Percussion
17 years after the release of their previous album, American Blitzkreig, and after years of performing live shows on and off, Babylon A.D. finally got themselves back into the studio to record their fourth album, Revelation Highway. The only is mostly made up of new material (more on that later) and it’s pretty cool they were able to score Frontiers Records as a label for this release.
For fans of the band’s 1989 self-titled debut and 1992’s Nothing Sacred, Revelation Highway will sound like a natural follow-up to those releases. You honestly wouldn’t know so many years have passed between releases. Vocalist Derek Davis still sounds the same and the band is still playing in that melodic hard rock style that is reminiscent of late ’80s/early ’90s “hair bands”, and I’m not knocking them for that. In short, this sounds like Babylon A.D.
And part of the reason for that is because four of these tracks (“Tears”, “She Likes to Give It”, “Last Time for Love”, and “I’m Not Good For You”) were demoed between 1986 and 1988, before the band’s debut album from Arista Records. Those song were reworked and re-recorded for this new release, so there is some late ’80s authenticity going on here. The rest of the track are brand new and all ten tracks fit in together. It’s not as if the new stuff doesn’t compare to the four songs that were written back in the day. If you didn’t already know which sounds were written when, you’d never know. It all sounds like Babylon A.D.
From the older material, “Tears” and “She Like to Give It” are both exceptional while “Crash and Burn” and “Rags to Riches” are my favorites of the new songs. Revelation Highway is a worthy addition to the band’s catalog.
Highlights: “Crash and Burn”, “Fool On Fire”, “Tears”, “She Likes to Give It”, “Rags to Riches”