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The Prophecy : Ashes

The world is in a dismal state. War, hate, misery and famine plague the globe, and hope and solace are almost as hard to find as the My Dying Bride 'Stories' Box Set. However, the comfort and joys of music offer great consolation through this doomy existence, and The Prophecy's 'Ashes' is no exception. So, head over to bands website (clix.to/theprophecy), order the album, and damn well wallow! [note by admin.: The old website has since been removed, but the band has a new one here: http://www.the-prophecy.net]

For 'Ashes' is a near-50 minute experience of immense passion, desperation, sorrow, anger and grief, from a (somewhat hypocritically of my opening statement) massively promising, fantastic group of talented and distinguished young individuals. The Prophecy originate from Yorkshire, England, the same location that has spawned greats such as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, and that may well have produced another great with this band. The band have deservedly developed quite a following worldwide since their conception in 1999, especially in their home country of the UK, and were one of the headlining acts on the infamous Doomination of Europe tour. This impressive third release should only increase the bands popularity, and thrust them to high status within the doom-metal scene.

On their official website, the band have described themselves as "renaissance doom/death metal", and this is a seemingly accurate categorisation. This mostly innovative and unique album presenting a haunting, bitter and anguished atmosphere of tantalising doom-metal drenched with gothic, atmospheric, death and heavy metal influences. The music is raw though reasonably well produced, energetic, powerful, emotive and heavy, and is very much metal. Featuring, at times melancholic, soulful, clean (acoustic and electric) guitar passages, as well as heavy dosages of thunderous and unmerciful riffage, notably impressive vocals courtesy of Matt Lawson featuring a range of ardour moans, whispers and singing and wretched and dejected screams, growls and groans, as well as sombre and moody keyboards that, though at times sound a little too synthetic, are nevertheless fundamental and affective. And all this and so much more musical and emotional brilliance comprises this near-flawless and wonderful record, with all six slow and doomy yet energetic and moving songs impressing me at least very much, and no doubt countless others; The Prophecy are certainly a band to take note of. From the poignant, potent, devastating anthem 'The Killing Fields' to the quick, aggressive death/black metal assault of 'Blackened Desire', to the woeful, abrasive, majestic and atmospheric masterpiece and personal favourite 'Till Light Enshrouds', this is a top quality album from a top quality, fresh young band, that, with this record promise a marvellous future for them, and for doom-metal as a whole.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ashes
2. The Killing Fields
3. The Prophecy
4. Dawn
5. Blackened Desire
6. Till Light Enshrouds

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes.

Visit the The Prophecy bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Stephen Burrell
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