John 3:16 – The Burnt Tower / Babylon the Great (Alrealon Musique)


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.


About Author

Born and raised in Toronto, Stephen Fruitman has been living in northern Sweden lo these past thirty years. Writing and lecturing about art and culture as an historian of ideas since the early nineties, his articles have appeared in an number of international publications. He is also a contributing editor at Igloo Magazine.