Babylon fire – Dark Horizons

Manchester band Babylon Fire formed in 2007 as a five-piece but are now a four-piece band.  They released their debut EP in 2009, and are now ready to release their debut album.  The band got a lot of attention when Bruce Dickinson raved about the band on his BBC6 radio show – a recommendation from someone like that carries a lot of weight.

If you want to get a sneak preview of what to expect from the album, head over to the Rocksector records website – where you can find a track to download for free.

Brief comments on a few tracks..

The album opens with “The Clarion Call” which sets the tone for what to expect – plenty of power, great guitar work, solid drums and bass and some good vocals

“stripped away” slows the pace down – well it does for part of the song.  The song starts off fairly hard and heavy but around halfway through changes into a slower paced rock song with softer vocals, before the pace picks up again near the end.

“Gates to Oblivion” is a track that I’d expected to be full of power and pace, but is actually a gentle melodic instrumental – definitely a misleading title.  It’s a lovely instrumental piece though and it’s kept fairly short but breaks the album up nicely and means that when the next song kicks in at full power you feel the impact of it far more than you would if you hadnt had the slow instrumental to break things up.

It’s an excellent debut album and I’d definitely recommend this album.

“Dark Horizons” is out on 12th November 2012

Rating: 8.5/10

Track listing:

1. The clarion call
2. Darkness draws in
3. Blood in blood out
4. Stripped away
5. Demonocracy
6. Shattered crown
7. Gates to Oblivion
8. Wrath of the fallen
9. Cycle of addiction
10. Within the mouth of madness
11. Rise through babylon
12. I still remember

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.