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Gemini Five - Babylon Rockets (8,5/10) - Sweden - 2003/2005

Genre: Glam Rock
Label: Deadline Records
Playing time: 45:17
Band homepage: Gemini Five

Tracklist:

  1. Babylon Rockets >mp3
  2. TwentyFourSeven >mp3
  3. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) >mp3
  4. Myself Esteem >mp3
  5. Get It Off
  6. Hardcore
  7. Poison Envy
  8. Automaticool >mp3
  9. Chemical Between Us
  10. Hitchin' A Ride
  11. Neon Kicks
  12. Suicide Tuesday
Gemini Five - Babylon Rockets

Originally released in 2003 in the land of the rising sun, now North America and beyond get their first taste of these Swedes playing their brand of Hard/Glam Rock. Looking at their cartoon cover photo and photos inside the booklet at first, I thought "Oh shit! This is another lame Nu-Rock act." Happy to say, this is way better than I thought. For once, when a sticker is placed on the CD describing who they sound like, they got it right. This is a definite fuse of MÖTLEY CRÜE and HANOI ROCKS, but sounding like themselves.

 

The four pack come at you with plenty of energy power that will keep you wide awake for a long time to come. The title track is let loose first and is nothing short of explosive, catchy and addicting. Everything is planted perfectly here and you too will be humming along to the sweet sounds of Melodic Glam Rock at its finest. The songs are simple, but easy enough to swallow and everyone who enjoyed the 80's scene will eat this up with the quickness. The cover of "You Spin Me Round" is a cool cover of the DEAD OR ALIVE classic spruced up with a touch of Punk, synths and a Rock attitude. The other thing about this jam is that it's faster and even better. What I like about these songs is that they aren't rehashing the lame and sappy riffs and beats that were made famous in the 80's era, instead they are adding a shitload of Punk attitude ala SEX PISTOLS style and it's proving to be a successful formula for the guys. "Hardcore" is one of the softer tracks on here, but it's still heavy and is anything but wimpy in sound.

 

With the exception of "Chemicals Between Us" which is a sappy ballad replete with whiney vocals, this disc is a home run for the Rock N' Rollers out there that can't get enough of this music like myself. Since this disc is actually two years old, the band and label were nice enough to include two videos so in the end this is a killer investment. (Online December 15, 2005)

Joe Florez



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