Song of Love make no bones about their mission to re-instate metal to its rightful place in a increasingly “bland and fake” musical world. So I guess that it is logical that their response to the three minute, throw away, day-glo pop song that rules the roost should be a meandering and technical metal instrumental weighing in at over six and half minutes. I’m to sure that Babylon is Fallen is going to blow away the corporate pop fat cats on its own but it is an interesting reaction none the less.
Throughout its wandering dynamics it broods, blasts and bruises, hits crescendos and drops into understated territory, you hear echos of Sabbaths low end groove and turn of the century technical nu-metal sonic frippery, it covers a lot of ground for sure. But it isn’t all a nostalgia trip, it may juggle the same building blocks as bands which of gone before, what makes metal sound the way it does isn’t going to change, but the fact that the band is brave enough to assemble those signature songs to make a long and progressive musical structure, one fixed by industrial grit, dark textures and visceral power certainly stands them apart from the pack.