Babylon Mystery Orchestra - The Great Apostasy: A Conspiracy Of Satanic Christianity
If one hour filled with critical opinions about the American church, accompanied by slow, fateful songs that comes with droning vocals sound exciting, then The Great Apostasy by Babylon Mystery Orchestra is the album for you. This is the third record made by BMO, which is a one-man-orchestra consisting of one Mr. Sidney Allen Johnson. When browsing through the notebook (which besides the lyrics also contains short excerpts from the bible as well as statements made by both reverends and writers), it doesn't take a genius to figure out that a lot of work has been put into this product.
The music that BMO puts on is probably best described as Candlemass Light. The multi-talented Johnson has written all the songs and also does all of the performances, and this is where the troubles begin. Johnson is definitely a skilled guitarist, but the overall impression is that this is a cut 'n paste-job, which is a shame because the feeling of a whole band performing the songs together never appears. And besides, the drums are obviously programmed, which annoys.
If the production doesn't cut it, the vocals department
is even worse. The monotone chants are probably meant to sound like
an evil reverend who's preaching to the masses, but the whole idea just
becomes too much and it becomes obvious that Johnson should have left
the singing to someone else. Sometimes it even borders on the comical,
like when Johnson's voice in some cases resembles the great Marlon Brando
in The Godfather (as you might have heard of, Brando put little pieces
of paper in his mouth to get the proper voice) which certainly wasn't