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Babylon Bombs
Cracked Open and Bruised
Type: CD
Company: Smilodon
Release: 2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 9/1/2005
Still sweat-soaked boogie
‘Cracked Open and Bruised’ is the official debut album from these Stockholm mop heads. Producer Fredrik Lundberg (Divine Sin, Diamond Dogs) turned the dials at Monophobic Studios. It’s a progressive stride compared to the band’s 2001 demo. The guitars are still sweat-soaked boogie, somewhere like an Electric Boys/Salty Dog swagger. I enjoyed the charging rocker “Superstar” four years ago, and this version is an upgrade. Strings are a little thicker and the cool 70’s vocal melody is preserved. The group has a single, “Let’s Roll”, that’s also a promo video (remember those?). Punk is a good portion of the sound, evident on fast-burners like “Low, Broke and Pissed”. I like the moody broken-heart spirit of power-ballad “Do You Think About Me?”.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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