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Eldorado: Babylonia Haze

We've been following this promising Spanish band Eldorado for a few years now, and without a doubt they have put together a solid string of albums leading up to Babylonia Haze, which with the help of 290 fans through a crowdfunding campaign in 2014, is now unleashed on the world. Blending '70s styled hard rock, stoner, funk, psychedelia, and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll, Eldorado have a lot to offer and they bring it all to the table here on their latest release.

Comprised of Jesus Trujillo (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar), Cesar Sanchez (bass), Andres Duende (electric guitar), and Christian Giardino (drums), the band busts right out of the gate here with the hard rocking 1-2 punch of "Mad Woman" and "Evil People", both filled with plenty of groove, crunchy guitar riffs, and tasty Hammond organ. "Breathe the Night" offers a more folky/proggy vibe thanks to some lush vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, mandolin, flute, and nyckelharpa, while "Goodbye & Carry On" delivers a wealth of guitar punch & bluesy swagger, almost like a mix of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Humble Pie. The manic "I'll Be Satisfied" knocks you on your ass with blistering riffs and nimble Hammond organ (Dream Theater-meets-Deep Purple perhaps?), with Trujillo delivering an impressive lead vocal over tumultuous arrangements. At the halfway point through the album, we can already see that Eldorado seem intent on upping the heaviness factor here on Babylonia Haze, and it's working big time. That smoky Hammond courtesy of Trujillo again rears its head on the dark yet emotional "Flowers of Envy", again, hints of vintage Deep Purple, and even Uriah Heep come to mind, as waves of prog & proto-metal bliss just drift through the speakers. Folky flutes and acoustic guitars pop up again on "Resurrection Song", along with some great vocal melodies, and rip-snortin' stoner metal riffs & pounding rhythms take center stage on the upbeat thumper "You Don't Wanna Need Her". A dip back into Deep Purple styled hard rock & prog re-appears on "Karma Generator" (ironically the title of the Spanish release of this album), and the lovely "Moon Girl" closes things out with Trujillos emotional vocals accompanied by electric piano & Hammond organ, which dreamily takes the listener along before the rest of the band launch back in,bringing the song full tilt back to glorious heavy rock.

Honestly, there's so much talent here with this band, that it would be hard to imagine Babylonia Haze not grabbing the attention of hard rock lovers of all ages from all corners of the globe. This is without a doubt a band to keep a close eye on, and more importantly, check out this new album of theirs at all costs.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!


Track Listing
1) Mad Woman
2) Evil People
3) Breathe the Night
4) Goodbye & Carry On
5) I'll Be Satisfied
6) Flowers of Envy
7) Resurrection Song
8) You Don't Wanna Need Her
9) Karma Generator
10) Moon Girl

Added: February 23rd 2015
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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