Built in 2007 on a foundation of IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH, extended into the territories of STONE SOUR, MACHINE HEAD and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, the band learned, developed and ultimately emerged with a signature sound which has helped them deliver an uncommonly mature and multi-dimensional debut with both hooks and depth.
Although now a 4-piece, founder-members Ryk Swillo (bass), Rishi Mehta (guitar), Will Reece (guitar), Mark Cooper (drums) and Mark Dunford (vocals) set out with the simple intention of writing dynamic, powerful and heavy songs with an emphasis on melody. This was the basis for a self-released 4 track EP in 2009. Around this time the band also increased its' presence on the live circuit including support slots with ORANGE GOBLIN, BLAZE BAYLEY, HEAVEN'S BASEMENT, PANIC CELL, BEHOLDER and FURY UK.
When Iron Maiden's BRUCE DICKINSON began raving about the band on his BBC6 radio show more people took notice but just as the band's stock was on the rise, a significant challenge started to emerge which was the eventual departure of guitarist Will Reece for personal reasons and entirely on amicable terms. Fans of the band would agree the Babylon sound seemed under threat and the band tenaciously stuck together through a series of failed auditions for a new guitarist. Ultimately, no-one lived up to the band's exacting standards yet out of that adversity Babylon Fire truly found its' feet as the decision was taken to carry on with just one guitarist and the ensuing fresh approach & sound has in fact defined the band. Dark Horizons is the splendid result.
Recorded during May-June 2012 at MCC Studios, Mottram, Cheshire (UK), produced by Andy Giblin, Dark Horizons is a raging and ferocious, yet diverse, slab of heavy metal. Listen out for the infectious hooks and sheer aggression, then retreat here and there into the sensitively crafted clean and acoustic guitar interludes.
Dark Horizons tracklisting:
'The Clarion Call'
'Darkness Draws Me In'
'Blood In Blood Out'
'Gates To Oblivion'
'Wrath Of The Fallen'
'Cycle Of Addiction'
'Within The Mouth Of Madness'
'Rise Through Babylon'
'I Still Remember'
Listen to 'Shattered Crown' below:
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