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Bands called Prophecy: part 2 of 3 - 25%

caspian, December 2nd, 2013

I know this band is called The Prophecy, but that's basically exactly the same shit as one called Prophecy, so it's getting included. And what a change, from good times Texan death-metal to super serious British, er, stuff.

Yes, stuff is not the most descriptive genre label ever, but it's certainly a whole lot better than "death/doom", which implies some death, and for that matter, some doom in the sound of The Prophecy. Just because something has some double kick and the occasional (rare is perhaps a better descriptor) growl does not make it death metal; just like having a slow part once in a while does not make something doom metal.

Certainly, Salvation does have a bit of a hard sound to categorize, but that doesn't mean it's creative or worthy of praise. There's a lot of stuff that falls back to bad Machine Head-esque, guitar-as-percussion stuff (nothing all that different from what you'd hear on something like Evanescence or perhaps a "heavy NIghtwish moment"), a bit of chunky-ish palm muted sections that's a bit higher on the fretboard, all up I guess it's some sort of hybrid of Trivium, In Flames and maybe Lamb of God for the real "heavy" sections. I generally use the term "revolver metal" for it; effectively, get a riffing pattern that people who read/write Revolver magazine will love (you may substitute this for Kerrang! or Metal Hammer if you want) and you're pretty much there. So rather shitty, if you didn't obviously get that.

Perhaps the best way to describe this album then, is "prog-revolver metal", as the band spend long times building up to their half assed heavy moments. The song structures throughout are pretty familiar, following a pretty straight ahead quiet-loud formula; a build up that's reminiscent of post-good music Anathema or Katatonia before "exploding" into "big riffs". Certainly, the songs flow logically, and the sparse, wrapped-in-strings sections are tastefully done, albeit nothing that's all that cathartic or feels-giving. At the end of the day they just don't suffice in resurrecting the well moribund songs. Every song passes you by as the one before- a quiet intro with some rather average vocal lines, a heavy part with some incredibly generic riffs, followed up with some more bad vocals (sung or growled!) over more generic riffs.

Everything here is profoundly mundane, remarkably unremarkable, exceptionally mediocre, etc. Sounding competent but achieving precisely zero musical effect- not a good thing. The Prophecy are clearly good musicians who have not found their muse yet at all, it seems. Avoid like the particularly well-produced plague that it is.