"Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" (Perris Records; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" is Babylon A.D.'s first album in six years. It's a rough, raw collection of solid rockers ("Wrecking Machine," "White Hot Bullet," and album closer, the instrumental "Super Beast") as well as bluesy numbers ("Sometimes Love is Hell," "Looking for a Heartbeat") and lots of tracks that probably would have been big radio hits back in the day ("Rome Wasn't Built in a Day," "Never Break Again.")

It's the nostalgic sound here that traps the listener. "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" takes you back to the early days of the heavy metal boom, when bands like Quiet Riot, Ratt and Warrant were all riding high on the charts. But it's got an emotional heft that some of those early recording didn't. The lyrics here are more genuine, more personal, more realistic than, say, Warrant's "Cherry Pie." And vocalist  Derek Davis can belt out the tunage when it's required, but he's almost better when the songs slow down and require a little more honesty, a little more human sentiment.

Babylon A.D. says they took their time to get "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" right. Based on the outstanding music here, it would seem they made the right choice.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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