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Review: Babylon Mystery Orchestra - The Godless, the Godforsaken and the Goddamned
Babylon Mystery Orchestra
The Godless, the Godforsaken and the Goddamned

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 59:58
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal


Review online: May 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.38/5 (67.5%) (16 Votes)

Yet another packed release from this prolific one-man band. Once again BMO's focus is more on the lyrical side, with lyrical content that's bound to both please and irritate and/or offend. The previous album, Axis of Evil took a few shots at Islam that resulted in some reviewers calling the band's sole member a racist – not exactly surprising since people tend to use the term pretty loosely these days. The Godless, the Godforsaken and the Goddamned (now that's a mouthful) doesn't go as far as its predecessor, but you'll still find a lot of criticism of religion, liberalism, world government, conspiracy theories (the Apollo lunar landings for instance) – you get the idea. Once again the booklet is top notch, packed with quotes from celebrities, politicians, the bible, and the band member himself, along with full lyrics and illustrations. Seriously, some signed bands can only dream of such packaging.

The music is the same style since the first album – BMO never strays far from the basic formula. Melodic Heavy Metal that's quite heavy and somber, dark – I think you could almost call this "judgmental Heavy Metal" since this is the predominant vibe here. This is not flashy in any way, pretty straightforward and without much variation, but you could hardly do better for delivering the subject matter. The solos are just as sober as the rest – they do their trick without getting in the way and convey the same kind of feeling. The vocals haven't changed either – clean, with a very strong-willed vibe that pretty much screams "I mean business."

If you liked BMO's earlier work, then you're pretty much guaranteed to like this. If you didn't then, well, I don't think there's anything here that'll change your mind.

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