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The Prophecy : To End All Hope

The booklet and accompanying info say that The Prophecy plays "Doom Metal often with complex song arrangements which can go from melancholic acoustic guitar to all out blastbeat fury in the space of a single song". Whereas this can generally count as a description for the music on this demo, the first song is definitely something totally different. When the first trashy melodic black tones reached my ears, I was wondering how something up-tempo like this could be called doom. Cool song anyway.

From then on, we hear doom metal indeed, with up-tempo parts that are closer to black and death metal, especially if you consider the rough, rasping voice that is closer to raw black metal than to the traditional vocal style in doom metal.

Some references could be very early Tiamat, very early Paradise Lost, while also some parts remind me of Primordial (esp. during the clean vocal piece in 'Cursed Earth') and Mourning Beloveth.

After Solstice called it quits, England has another band to watch out for. Personally, I feel that this band has quite some potential, and with a little more working on the songwriting and a little better production, we may expect nice things from that direction. Especially for those people who don't limit themselves to one single genre. I'll keep that name The Prophecy in mind.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Silent Descent
2. Till Light Enshrouds
3. Cursed Earth
4. The Killing Fields

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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