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Review: Babylon Mystery Orchestra - Axis of Evil
Babylon Mystery Orchestra
Axis of Evil

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 56:43
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Axis of Evil

Rated 3.85/5 (76.92%) (13 Votes)

Fourth full-length for this one-man band.  The music is unmistakably Babylon Mystery Orchestra, with the signature guitar tone and vocals that are instantly recognizable.  While the last album was a bit too mellow for my taste, Axis of Evil brings back some of the aggressiveness and anger (no, no, not "teenage angst" style) that had slowly faded away with each new album.  This is still very melodic stuff, but when warranted the guitars do kick it up a few notches in heaviness and abrasiveness.  Just like on the previous albums, the vocals and instruments are extremely well coordinated, resulting in an album that flows amazingly smoothly - you don't just hear BMO's music, you feel it.  The sole band member has once again mastered the marriage between soothing melody and aggressive metallic chords, all glued together by a sorrowful, sometimes haunting atmosphere.  As has always been the case with this band, the lyrical subject matter is serious and somewhat controversial and/or non-politically correct, sure to offend a few people.  Axis of Evil does take quite a few shots at Islam (the main subject matter here) and doesn't really hold back.  That's bound to piss off a few people.

The album doesn't really hold any surprise for those who've heard the previous albums — BMO sticks to a proven formula while keeping it fresh.

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