Saturday, 23 January 2016
BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – Chemical God (CD)
Nope, Billion Dollar Babies is neither the original Alice Cooper backing band nor a cover band of the same. Billion Dollar Babies is a Swedish hard rock combo. The first recording in my collection is a demo entitled Ladies First, from 2007. They showed great promise already back then. The MCD Stand Your Ground was unearthed later the same year, followed by the debut album Die For Diamonds three years later. A really good and solid effort indeed. A life sign in form of the EP House of Dreams Pt 1 saw the light of day in 2012. Well, it seems the band has been honing their skills and making a new game plan in the years between then and now. Chemical God offers a new and very re-vamped band. Still heavy and melodic, but not at all as sleazy and glammy, instead very theatrical and with loads of bells and whistles all over the place. The spare no ‘spences when it comes to effects and a modern sound. Stuff happen high and low and I’m not sure how they will be able to pull it off live, but still, it works! They sometimes feel like a modern metal version of Sparks, especially in The Junkies Ball, which is sort of a This Place Ain’t Big Enough For Us with a touch of Rammstein. Frank Kooistra is also an outstanding singer, which lifts the album even higher. There are a few tracks I’m not 100 % into, but for the most part this is a damn great album! I think the babies have found their new dress!