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Review: Angels of Babylon - Kingdom of Evil
Angels of Babylon
Kingdom of Evil

Label: Metal Heaven
Year released: 2010
Duration: 45:38
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: June 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Kingdom of Evil

Rated 3.69/5 (73.85%) (13 Votes)

This is yet another band from former Manowar drummer "Rhino" Edwards. Contrary to his other group HolyHell, Angels of Babylon have a heavier, metallic sound. However that doesn't mean that this is a better album since each of the ten songs here are played at a mid pace. That would not matter if the riffs were good or if it had great songwriting but both aspect here are as bland as they come. Simple and basic Heavy Metal is what I found here, everything from the musicianship, rough production to the typical shouting choruses I've heard it before and done better of course.

Being this more of a side project, I'm really surprised that Dave Ellefson is the bassist here. It is a nice change of direction for him after being in many crappy bands, maybe next time he can be in a group that is worth a damn. For the guitars, unknown Christian Brosch takes the duties, as far as I know he has never been in any band, and his playing is serviceable. David Fefolt handles the vocals and like the rest of the album, his performance is unspectacular. There are some keyboards here, which are used to a nice effect, they don't take the lead and their main job is to provide atmosphere.

I really wanted this to be a kick ass album but after repeated listens I've come to the conclusion that Kingdom of Evil is average at best. Nothing here really gets my attention, except for a few spots here and there. At the end of the day, this will sell some copies only because of who's involved. In a scene flooded with many good bands, this is just one among many and you'd be better off listening someone else.

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