Sound board Magazine recently reviewed "The Final Battle", the latest album by Julian Murphy. Here is the review in full.
ALBUM - THE FINAL BATTLE - JULIAN MURPHY
REVIEW - SOUND BOARD MAGAZINE - JUNE/JULY 2019 EDITION
REVIEW DONE BY - KEITH WILLIAMS
Time to drag those pilot-size headphones down from the attic, a new concept album has arrived in town and we're not talking Sgt. Pepper, Tommy or even War of the Worlds. Well, maybe the latter as Julian Murphy's musical odyssey shares a taste for the apocalyptic with Jeff Wayne's opus, death and destruction on an epic scale.
Mixing the voice of Lucifer with crackling vinyl sounds, heavenly choirs, tweeting birds, crying babies, mellow tunes and blastorama rock, you can't say you don't get your money's worth, though whether your soul would agree is another matter. Oh, and a telephone rings a few times. Loudly.
Lucifer is chucked out of Heaven, comes to Earth to spread evil and ensnare the" Nazarene", fails and leaves, taking evil with him. That's the plot, and over ten tracks the music charts Lucifer's attempts to do just this, with the Nazarene resisting him each and every time. With tracks such as Tears of Blood, Toxic Soul Stealer and The Devil's in Town you know you're not exactly getting the greatest hits of Bananarama, but what you do get is certainly conversation stopping and eerily compelling in a pseudo-satanic way. Ideally, this would work well on stage as an almost shadow counterpoint to Jesus Christ Superstar. With its theatrical musical flourishes, dark satanic undertones and chanting choirs, the impact of the album would be considerably heightened by seeing it performed live with all the appropriate special effects. I'd go.