EP Review: Disciples of Babylon – “Welcome to Babylon”

One of my favorite indie bands is Disciples of Babylon, a self-described “international rock band” based in Hollywood, California.  Formed in 2012, the band includes Eric Knight (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) Ramon Blanco (lead guitar), Gui Bodi (bass guitar) and Chris Toeller (drums).

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Three of the band members attended the Musician’s Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood. Eric and Ramon, who is originally from Spain, had previously played music independently or with other musicians, but the two joined forces in 2012 and wrote their first song “Arrived” during their first meeting together. Later, Gui, who is Brazilian, was added as bassist and the band recorded “Arrived” and two other songs – “KARMA” and “The Great Pretend” – for their EP Welcome to Babylon.  Shortly after completion of the EP, the band added Ray Rojo as drummer, who has since been replaced by Chris Toeller.

The Disciples of Babylon’s music is influenced by some of their favorite rock bands, including Muse, The Foo Fighters, Queen, The Who, Stone Temple Pilots, U2 & Led Zeppelin. The band states that their songs “echo a progressive message that is meant to elevate and inspire the audience while still paying homage to classically definitive Rock nuances.” The band’s growing popularity is due not only to their great music and talent, but also to their strong sense of loyalty and commitment to their fans, which makes us want to return that loyalty and support for them.

The three songs on Welcome to Babylon sound like the best songs that Bon Jovi never recorded.  These guys are good! “KARMA,” a perfect kiss-off song, is hard rock candy.  The bombastic barrage of furious guitar, pulsing drums, and Eric’s aggressive vocals will immediately grab hold, leaving you wishing the song would go on for another 10 minutes. The video, which was filmed at the Salton Sea in the California desert south of the Coachella Valley, perfectly fits the track

“Arrived” is a beautiful, uplifting rock ballad about staying true to yourself and your dreams, and letting go of past mistakes that can keep you from moving forward. The poetic, compelling lyrics are matched by some really fine guitar and Eric’s heartfelt vocals.

“Don’t go straying, and the fight draw you in/Intoxicated, so abused.
Contemplating, for the choice I have to choose/Obligated, It’s so damn cruel.
Well I’m no fool. I have arrived, the challenge I face in this, I’ll survive. Conquered this time, swallowed my pride/My ignorance humbles this life, I’m alive.”

The third track, “The Great Pretend” is a rousing rock anthem of hope and forgiveness. The driving beat, awesome guitar riffs and Eric’s passionate soaring vocals make this an arena-worthy song.

“Release inside what you feel/Faith, will guide you and lead the way for you/Embrace the change let love heal/The angels surround you protect and take the shame from you”

To learn more about Disciples of Babylon, check out their website. Support these guys by liking them on facebook and following them on Twitter. Stream their music on Spotify or Soundcloud, and purchase it on itunes or Amazon.

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