This press release came across my desk today. Babylon A.D.—a band of which I have been a fan since before their self-titled, 1990 debut album—has just released an E.P. of previously unreleased tracks, plus a newly-mastered version of their first hit single, "Bang Go The Bells." If you're a fan of late '80s/early '90s hard rock, this is definitely for you. And for those too young to remember, this is a great primer.
Oakland, California—March 31, 2014—Babylon A.D. is back! After a long hiatus, the band has reunited with all original members. The band has just released a four song E.P. titled Lost Sessions/Fresno, CA 93. The new release includes the songs “While America Sleeps,” “Love Blind,” “Love is a Mystery,” and a newly-mastered version of their #1 metal hit song, “Bang Go The Bells.” The songs are all pure, hard-rocking metal bangers with infectious guitar riffs from Ron Freschi and Danny De La Rosa, killer vocals from frontman Derek Davis, and the steady backbone of of Robb Reid on bass and Jamey Pacheco on drums. These songs were lost until recently, when a demo tape titled Fresno 93 was found in an old memorabilia chest Derek has kept over the years. After a good listen, it was obvious the band had to get the songs to their dedicated fans as a collector’s item and great piece of their history, playing, and songwriting work.
Formed in 1988, Babylon A.D. hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Original members vocalist/songwriter Derek Davis, guitarists and music writers Danny De La Rosa and Ron Freschi, Drummer Jamey Pacheco, and bassist Robb Reid were all in rival childhood bands.
In 1989, Babylon A.D. caught the attention of Arista Records president and industry music mogul Clive Davis, who signed them at a live showcase in Los Angeles, thanks to their impressive three-song demo and a homemade video.
Their self-titled debut album was released in 1990, and included their hard rock classic hits “Bang Go The Bells,” “Hammer Swings Down,” “Desperate,” and “The Kid Goes Wild,” which was the trailer song and promotional video for Orion Pictures' ROBO COP 2.
The band scored three #1 songs at Metal Radio and reached gold on their first release. Their sophomore effort, Nothing Sacred (released in 1992), produced two more top ten metal rockers--“Bad Blood” and “So Savage the Heart.” Constant touring throughout the early 1990s and several MTV videos made them one of hard rock fans' favorites.
After spending several years with Arista Records, the band signed with Apocalypse Records in 1999 and released Live In Your Face, a compilation of live tracks recorded in various cities throughout the United States. The band's next release, American Blitzkrieg, soon followed in 2002, and both CDs were well-received by critics and fans alike. In 2007, the band released Babylon A.D. In The Beginning on Apocalypse/Perris Records, a compilation of songs from the original demo tapes that secured them the recording contract with Arista Records. Over the last few years, the band has played select live shows, and the new CD release has the band primed and ready to once again dominate the hard rock scene!
The band has several dates booked across the USA in support of the new E.P., and will be playing the Firefest Rock Festival in Nottingham England on October 25, 2014.
Get Babylon A.D.'s Lost Sessions/Fresno, CA 93 digital download on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other fine digital music retailers, or on CD exclusively at perrisrecords.com.
For more information, visit http://www.babylonad.com.
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