BABYLON A.D. ​“Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”

BABYLON A.D. ​“Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”

13th June 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

“Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” the title track from the new studio album from Babylon A.D. is being released as the second single to radio. The first single “Wrecking Machine” was featured on numerous new and classic rock radio outlets across the United States, where it recently reached the Top 40 on the Mediabase Classic Rock radio charts. The single has also been featured on the nationally syndicated “Alice’s Attic” hosted by the legendary Alice Cooper and has received notable airplay including major market spins from the likes of WDRV & WPJX in Chicago, KSAN in San Francisco, KSLX in Phoenix, WCXS in Detroit and KLPX in Tucson.


Talking about the new single, lead singer Derek Davis shared, “While writing the music to the song “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, I started thinking about what the concept was that I was going for. The song soon evolved into a story about a lost drugged-out young woman looking for redemption and her long road to recovery. I wanted a different twist on the story and the lyrics and imagery came to me when I came up with the lines, “On the broken stones, crushed old bones, the gladiators walked before you, you know what they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

It’s a classic tragic tale set in the burning streets of Rome. Ancient historians claim Emperor Nero was playing the fiddle as his city went up in flames. I used this back story to tell hers and also develop the treatment to the video that goes with the song.”


The new album can be purchased or streamed at Along with the album release, Babylon A.D. have released a brand new video for the title track “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”

Radio is loving the new Babylon A.D.!


The first listen of the new Babylon AD brings you back to a simpler time of pure fun rock n roll, while keeping your feet planted in the present! It’s a blast in your ears and I can’t wait to hear it and see it LIVE!! – Larry Mac Program Director, 96.1 KLPX Tucson


Too early to spoil it, but I will say 2 things about the record. IMO, it blows “Revelation Highway” out of the water, and if you like the first 2 albums you will LOVE “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”. – Brian Basher, BraveWords Radio


This is truly an amazing release! A great album from start to finish… this is truly one of the highlights of 2024 so far. – Pete Eklund, Metal Impact Radio


Babylon A.D. can’t wait to start playing the songs live and have some very exciting shows coming up, The ‘Whisky Go A Go’ in June and ‘Monsters On The Mountain’ in August in Gatlinburg Tennessee.


Upcoming Babylon A.D. Tour Dates:

Aug 3rd – Fulton 55 – Fresno CA
Aug 9th – Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City UT
Aug 10th – Wild Goose Saloon – Parker CO
Aug 17th – The Boardwalk – Orangevale CA
Aug 25th – Monster On Mountain – Gatlinburg TN
Sept 20th – Feather Falls Casino – Oroville CA
Sept 21st – Horsefest – Newark CA


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Track listing and songwriters:

  1. Wrecking Machine 4:16 *D. Davis – J. Matthews*
    2. Pain 4:09 *D. Davis – J. Matthews – R. Freschi*
    3. Sometimes Love Is Hell 5:25 *D. Davis*
    4. Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day 4:27 *D. Davis*
    5. Looking For A Heartbeat 4:21 *D. Davis – R. Freschi*
    6. I Will Never Break Again 7:00 *D. Davis – J. Matthews*
    7. White Hot Bullet 3:45 *D. Davis*
    8. Crashed Into The Sun 4:52 *D. Davis – R. Freschi – D. Soto – C. Pepe*
  2. Face Of GOD 6:30 *D. Davis*
    10. Shut Up 4:31 *D. Davis – D. Soto – C. Pepe*
    11. Super Beast 3:43 *R. Freschi – J. Matthews – D. Soto*


Album details:
Produced, Mixed, Engineered by Derek Davis @
The BADMOFO’s Recording Studio, Pleasanton, CA.
Drums recorded by Gabriel Shepard @ 25th Studios Oakland CA.
Mastered By David Donnelly, DNA Mastering Los Angeles CA.
Photos – Angela Probst – Studio A

Vintage Artwork Concept Design – Derek Davis


Band Members

Derek Davis – Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar
Ron Freschi – Lead Guitar, Background vocals
John Mattews – Lead Guitar
Craig Pepe – Bass, Background vocals
Dylan Soto – Drums / Background vocals

Background vocals *I Will Never Break Again* Lane Borchard


About Babylon A.D.

Formed in 1987, Babylon A.D. hail from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Original members, Derek Davis vocalist/songwriter, guitarist’s and music writers John Mathews
and Ron Freschi drummer James Pacheco and bassist Rob Reid met in high school before they began playing together as “The Persuaders” making a name for themselves with their powerful live performances and catchy songwriting skills becoming one of the top drawing original Hard Rock bands in the Northern CA.

In 1989 the band changed their name to “Babylon A.D.” and caught the attention of Arista Records President and industry music mogul “Clive Davis”, who signed them at a live showcase in Los Angeles thanks to their impressive three song demo and a home made video. John Mattews departed the band and was replaced by another high school friend Dan De La Rosa just before their self-titled album “Babylon A.D.” was released in 1990. The album included their hard rock classic hits “Bang Go The Bells”, “Hammer Swings Down” and “The Kid Goes Wild”, which featured Screaming “Sam Kinison” and was the trailer song and promotional video for Orion Pictures (ROBO COP 2). The band scored three #1 songs at Metal Radio and reached Gold status on their first release, which spent 38 weeks on the Billboard top 200, peaking at # 46. Their sophomore effort (Nothing Sacred) was produced by the legendary “Tom Werman” and released in 1992, it produced two more top-ten metal rockers. “Bad Blood” and “So Savage the Heart”. Constant touring throughout the early 1990s and several MTV videos made them
one of hard rock fans favorite bands.

In 1999 the band and released “Live In Your Face” on Apocalypse Records, a compilation of live tracks recorded at various cities’ across America. Their next release “American Blitzkrieg” soon followed in 2002 and both records were well received by critics and fans alike. In 2008 the band released Babylon A.D. “In The Beginning” on Perris Records, a compilation of songs from the original demo tapes that secured them their recording contract with Arista Records.

After a long hiatus the band started playing and recording again in 2014. Touring across the States and Europe releasing the four song E.P “Lost Sessions”. in 2018 John Matthews rejoined the group and the band signed with Frontiers Records for their forth studio release “Revelation Highway” Four singles/ videos and more touring followed
through the beginning of 2020. In 2022 original members James Pacheco and Robb Reid left the band for other pursuits remaining connected to the bands legacy and part of a brotherhood of friendship that has lasted for over 30 years!

Fast forward to 2023, BABYLON A.D. announced new members Craig Pepe (bass) and Dylan Soto (drums) and a new live concert album “Live Lightning” from Perris Records.
The new album included their top-ten rock-radio classic hits from their debut album as well as songs from “Nothing Sacred”, “American Blitzkrieg”, and “Revelation Highway”.

As 2024 begins the band is set to release their 5th studio album on Perris Records titled
“Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” on May 17th. The 11 track album is classic Babylon A.D. firing on all cylinders, showcasing great songwriting talent, performances and the hard rock sound the band is known for. New videos and singles are coming and the band is currently booking and playing select live shows across the states in support of the new album.


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