Motley Crue-New Tattoo
        © 2000 Beyond Music
'New Tattoo' marks a first for me personally. It is the first time I have seen a band play the stuff live before hearing the studio version. I have seen a bunch of tours as well. Sure, I have heard tunes before studio stuff from younger bands, but this was a bit different. It was on the larger level and pretty cool nonetheless.

Now I hold the studio effort and how is it one might ask. Well, do you like your music served up in the style of 80's hard rock?? Well if you do, you are in for a treat. This album marks the band getting back to what made them huge in the first place. The music is fun and rocks at the same time. No experimentation here. The band really gets it done this time around.

Tracks I personally dig are 'Punched in the teeth by love', 'Hell on high heels', the awesome 'New Tattoo' title track, and 'Fake'. The album as a whole is very consistent in style and should please the fans new and old alike.

If you are like me and are welcoming back great hard rock and metal that has been missing for some time, then this is an essential. The Crue are back in fine form. Nice job guys!
Babylon A.D.-American Blitzkrieg
             © 2000 Apocalypse Records
Babylon A.D. is a band that I personally dig one hell of a lot. I was very pleased with the news of the band cranking tunes again and offering us fans a new album.

After a bit of an absence, the band offer us 'American Blitskrieg'. This is the first album the band has written where they have had total control over the creative process. So how does the band sound being in control?? Well, it kicks!!

The first track rolls in with heavy fashion and mixes in the classic tune 'War' about mid-way. Very cool sounding mix here. The album cruises along with great consistency with tunes like 'Magic Mary', 'I wana live' and one of my personal favs 'Sinking in the sand'. The slowdown in tempo comes with 'The Sky's Falling'. A Babylon A.D. album wouldn't be complete with a slower temp tune like this. It does sustain the feel of tunes in the same style of previous efforts.

The album picks up with one of the heaviest, crunchiest, kick your teeth in tunes in 'The Unreal'. This is the winner of song of the album. Makes the neck hurt a bit.

The album sustains and closes out heavy. This album is consistently heavy throughout, but not 90's heavy, which is a damn good thing. I think we have been brutalized enough thrugh the 90's. The sound is late 80's heavy with a bit of an updated sound.

I found the album very memorable, and enjoyable. It is a bit short, but still should not be missed by any fan of the genre. The artwork on the disc itself is a crackup. I'm not going to divulge what it is. Get the album. This one wins bigtime!!