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Prophecy, The: Salvation

The progressive doomsters in The Prophecy strike back with a new album in the form of Salvation which is to be released in early February. And fans of melancholic music are really in for a treat here, because this stuff is really good.

As with much doom metal, this is really music for the patient listener. A glance at the tracklist will reveal that there are only five tracks on the album, from which one can deduce that its either a very short album or the songs are very long. Of course, the latter applies with an average song length of 12-13 minutes. Seasoned fans of doom metal and progressive metal will of course already have guessed that this means that there will be a lot of build-ups and break-downs and dynamic song structures on this release.

The title track features a very long introduction with clean guitars an melodic vocals before the distorted guitars kick in, and the song sets of into various grooves accompanied by progressive drumming and a combination of clean and growled vocals. The second track, 'Released' starts out in the vein of more traditional doom metal, but quickly morphs into a mellow and melancholic verse featuring expressive vocals and dynamic drumming. Eventually, it kicks into a midtempo pumping passage with chucking guitars and a couple of groovy patterns as well, followed by another mellow verse, which is in turn followed by a couple of different passages, the last of which has an almost metalcore breakdown feel to it. And fear not, oh metal purists, this works brilliantly. 'Reflections' is with its nearly five minutes of song length a more compact affair, but still The Prophecy manage to take the listener on a journey through various impressions (it even features a pretty cool groovy hard rocking riff of the type that one might encounter in a Fates Warning song). 'Silence' features melancholic keyboards and violins, and 'Redemption' nicely changes back and forth between old school death-doom and more melodic progressive metal and rock parts.

The production is crisp and clean, and the musicianship impeccable. The Prophecy's approach is really eclectic but at the same time very focused. There are elements from death-doom, traditional doom, progressive metal, and alternative rock. You find passages that sound like early Anathema side by side with passages that sound like R.E.M. at their most melancholic. It really requires skilled musicians to pull this off. And pull it off is exactly what The Prophecy do on this album.

Combining doom metal with progressive metal and alternative rock, The Prophecy's Salvation is for more adventurous doom metal fans, so if you are into acts like Chowder, Confessor, Barren Earth, Sorrows Path, and, of course, early My Dying Bride should check this album out.

1. Salvation
2. Released
3. Reflections
4. In Silence
5. Redemption

Added: January 30th 2013
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: The Prophecy official webpage
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Prophecy, The: Salvation
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-01-30 22:07:54
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Hailing from England, The Prophecy is not a band that I've acquainted myself with in the past, but if their previous output is anywhere up to par with the music on Salvation, I've really been missing out! Salvation is the fourth full-length observation from this English doom metal act, and while it primarily focuses on crafting melancholic soundscapes, the album deviates from doom metal conventions in enough ways to make for a fascinating listen. Borrowing elements from other genres and blending them into one coherent sound, Salvation is the work of truly gifted musicians and songwriters.

Salvation is a rather interesting album from a stylistic perspective, as it maintains a doomy and melancholic flair throughout its full duration, but doesn't quite sit right as a traditional doom metal release. The Prophecy borrows from alternative rock, death metal, and Fates Warning-inspired progressive metal in addition to more 'normal' sounding doom metal, and the result is an album that sounds fresh and inspired. Touches of bands like My Dying Bride (especially in their use of violin) or Confessor do appear throughout Salvation, but on the whole, this is a very unique effort.

Nearly all of the tracks here surpass the ten minute mark, so this is an album that will require some attention from its listener. I enjoyed this from first listen, however, and the band's contrast of light and heavy sections especially grabbed my attention. Not too dissimilar from Opeth, The Prophecy utilizes clean guitar sections and singing - sometimes for extended portions of time - and contrasts them with heavier doom riffs and powerful growling vocals. The Opeth comparison is not entirely valid, however, as the heavy portions always remain in doom metal territory rather than a death metal ditto. On the whole, though, the extended compositions and dispiriting atmospheres are likely to appeal to fans of more adventurous metal music. Everything from the funeral dirge opening in "Salvation" to the highly progressive "Redemption" is memorable and engaging, and it's in the songwriting department where The Prophecy perhaps shine the brightest.

There really aren't too many doom metal albums that manage to be as diverse as Salvation while still maintaining a consistent atmosphere, so I'll highly recommend this one to fans of the genre. An engaging and beautiful experience from start to finish, Salvation is an amazing record that marks one of the musical highlights of early 2013. Great work, gentlemen!

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