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Released: 2013, Code666
England’s The Prophecy knocked me on my ass in 2009 with its absolutely crushing effort, INTO THE LIGHT, an album that should be a template for the many ways to do doom metal correctly. The band has been relatively quiet since then, so I was thrilled when they contacted me out of the blue about reviewing their new album, SALVATION.
I’m happy to say that The Prophecy, while not straying far from their doom roots, have also not rested on their laurels by spitting out nothing but serious, rote doom riffs. There’s no mistaking that SALVATION is doom, but it feels like a warmer, more introspective effort than INTO THE LIGHT. Further, Matt Lawson is clearly feeling more comfortable as a lead vocalist as his performance dominates the album. He’s also singing clearly more often throughout the disc, although he still isn’t afraid to utilize growls as an accent. It’s a strong, at times fragile (intentionally) performance; in short impressive.
Musically, the band’s riffs are as serpentine as ever, leaving the songs plenty of breathing room. Indeed, compared to the previous album, SALVATION is much less angry-sounding. This is both good and bad, as the band successfully incorporates new ideas into their music, but sacrifices some of the overpowering menace of their past work.
To discuss further would be to nitpick, and I’d rather just listen to the album again. Suffice it to say that, even if my personal preference is for INTO THE LIGHT, SALVATION is yet another superb release from these guys. This is the band’s fourth great release in row, firmly establishing The Prophecy as doom metal leaders.
4. In Silence
Matt Lawson: Vocals
Greg O’shea: Guitar
Gavin Parkinson: Bass
John Bennett: Drums
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