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Lynch Mob: Babylon
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Lynch Mob: Babylon

Guitar-Forward Hard Rock
3.5/5.0

After a short hiatus, guitarist George Lynch has once more resurrected his Lynch Mob project. The last studio album was 2017's The Brotherhood. Always ambitious, creative, and prolific, Lynch has been involved in other projects including The End Machine and, more recently, The Banishment, and this is besides his work with other musicians. Did you know, also, that Lynch crafts his own custom hand-built at guitars under the business moniker of Mr. Scary at the ESP custom shop facility in LA? Lynch Mob returns with their eighth studio album, Babylon.

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The new recording also brings a new lineup, relatively speaking. Jimmy D’anda, former BulletBoys drummer, returns behind the kit. From nearby Downingtown Pennsylvania, Jaron Gulino from On Top, provides bass. On the microphone is Gabriel Colon who offers his voice to Culprit and the seminal thrash band Savage Grace, formed in the early Eighties.


Following that small introduction, I'll make only a few comments about Babylon. As most George Lynch fans know, he is a remarkable guitarist. While Babylon is somewhat of a return to his melodic hard rock roots, Lynch has always been pushing the boundaries of his guitar skills beyond familiar genres. The Banishment's recent debut Machine And Bone is an exceptional example.

That is to say if, as a listener you're a guitarist enthusiast, or an aspiring guitar player, Lynch's work is both a primer and workshop in experimental and technical craftsmanship. Yet his profound fret work does not take away from Lynch's natural ability to provide guitar harmony and melody to drive the same in a song arrangement. Naturally, you will be mesmerized by his guitar solos. These things taken in context, as song or instrumental arrangements, all the songs are terrific. Some select favorites include I'm Ready, Erase, Million Miles Away, and the ambitious eight minute opus and title cut, Babylon. My only reservations come with Gabriel Colon's vocals. His voice is too raw and raspy for my taste. So much so, with the first spin of Babylon, I stopped listening. On second spin, I settled on focusing on Lynch's guitar work.

Nevertheless, as said above, if you're a George Lynch fan and enjoy his consistent pursuit of experimentation and simple desire to be a creative, constantly excelling, guitarist, you will no doubt enjoy Lynch Mob's latest, Babylon.




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The Take Away

If you're a George Lynch fan and enjoy his consistent pursuit of experimentation and simple desire to be a creative, constantly excelling, guitarist, you will no doubt enjoy Lynch Mob's latest, Babylon.

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