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Babylon AD Strikes Back With Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day!

ByTaylor T Carlson

Jun 2, 2024
ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY is the fifth studio album from classic hard rock band Babylon AD, released in May 2024.

Babylon AD recorded some great classic hard rock back in the day, though the group never quite got the recognition they deserve, largely due to changing trends in the music business. The band’s 1989 debut spawned classic tunes like “Hammer Swings Down,” “Desperate,” “Bang Go the Bells,” and “The Kid Goes Wild,” the latter of which famously appeared in the film ROBOCOP 2. The group’s early days even featured songs written by the famed Jack Ponti, and a sophomore album produced by iconic producer Tom Werman. While the band has split on many occasions and reformed, die-hard fans truly know that they can rock.

From older Babylon AD lineups, the current version of the band features two classic members: vocalist Derek Davis, and guitarist Ron Freschi. The lineup is filled out by Craig Pepe and Dylan Soto. ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY is the first studio release from the band since 2017’s REVELATION HIGHWAY, although the group released a live album last year.

I can’t say Babylon AD is exactly the kind of band I expected to see release a comeback album in 2024, but hearing the news of a new release was certainly an unexpected surprise. Mr. Davis and company could’ve come out guns a-blazing on every track serving up nothing but hard and heavy rock, but I’m pleased to see that the record isn’t a one-trick pony either. The group isn’t afraid of slowing things down and going into more melodic territory when the release calls for it; many of the tracks like this feel like they could be the spiritual successors to “Desperate” from the first album. Again, this album was unexpected, but I’m glad to see the band alive and kicking in 2024.

ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY shows that the guys from Babylon AD are still firing on all cylinders; the guys certainly have another winner on their hands here! Highly recommended to fans of the group and classic hard rock in general.

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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