Nash B.C – Burning Babylon

Rating: 1.5/5
Distributor/label: Rockshots Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.rockshots.eu/
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: http://nashbc.bigcartel.com/product/nash-b-c-burning-babylon
Band Website: http://www.nashbc.com/

Band line-up:rsz_artwork_merged-610x610

Nash – Guitars
George – Vocals
Costas Matis – Drums

Tracklistings:

1. Burning Babylon
2. Black Fire
3. A Thousand Ways
4. Sands Of Destiny
5. Highway
6. The Siege
7. Mortal Bindings
8. Hiding In Plain Sight
9. Seeking

Review:

Nash B.C, a Greek trio throwing themselves out on the frontlines of modern hard rock under label Rockshots Records have released their debut album entitled Burning Babylon. Without expecting much, the 35 minutes of content described as D.A.D. meeting Alter Bridge, and pleasing for “both fans of sleazy hard rock and modern heavy rock” don’t exactly remain memorable after a few spins.

The album is simply layered and well mixed. The pacing is good, and technical skills are clearly present from all musicians. Vocals are playing it very safe, perhaps on the more uninspired side, and it’s honestly hard to point out anything memorable or particularly standout about the album.

“A Thousand Ways” picks up the pace in its intro in what’s a rare glimpse of raw aggression, something unfortunately not repeated much later in the record. “Black Fire” can be described as the closest to a ‘good’ song on this album. I find myself casually nodding along to the beat of some of the songs, but that’s about as far as it goes in terms of enjoyment, when listening to this slowed down Appetite for Destruction. The twin guitar riffing segment around the middle of “The Siege” is pretty cool, and does actually remain enjoyable.

Lyrics are also pretty sub-par with passages like “Don’t follow walking shit, believe me, dead men can’t smell nice” (“Burning Babylon”), although admittedly poetry of Shakespearean value wasn’t exactly expected to be found on a Greek hard rock release in 2016.

The slower “Seeking” signals a change in pace just as the album ends. The songs are undeniably catchy, although I found myself getting pretty tired of the same drumbeat and repeated song formats towards the end of the album. The riffs are hardly memorable, but the guitar solos do indeed deserve credit (especially as heard on “Mortal Bindings” and “The Siege”).

Burning Babylon doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the already tightly stacked table of rock ‘n’ roll, and is pretty much exactly what you could expect a generic hard rock release from 2016 to sound like.

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
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