Despite the “good news” moniker, the tenue of John 3:16 is far more Old Testament than New, crossed with Book of Revelations apocalyptism. As on his latest full-length album, Philippe Gerber´s new single is more concerned with soundtracking what is below than that which is above.
With little more than an electric guitar, a taciturn piano and drums, ´The Burnt Tower´ avouches like one of the prophets of catastrophe on stern, slow burn, rather than launching directly into a full-blown jeremiad. It does, however, eventually burst into flaming holy wrath, burning itself out almost immediately.
´Babylon the Great´ is a race by the souls of the damned to find the least awful place in the Doom, drummer sheering the cymbals with the conviction of sin on a symphonically vast piece that builds and builds before being snuffed out by judgement passed, executed and eternal.