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Review: The Prophecy - Salvation
The Prophecy

Label: code666
Year released: 2013
Duration: 49:25
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: April 14, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

This is billed as Doom/Death, but the "Death" elements are so minor you almost won't notice them, amounting to nothing but a few growly background vocals. Overall this is quite mellow, melodic Doom with clean singing over 99% of it. Vocalist Matt Lawson has a rather limited range, but his good ear for haunting melodies makes up for a lot of shortcomings. Overall this reminds me more than a bit of old Solitude Aeturnus, as they mix a lot of melodic parts with the vocals single-tracked, creating an old-fashioned sound.

That said, this is very drawn out, and really it is often too much so. Drawn-out arrangements can work if you eventually pay off the tension you spend half the song building up. The band tries to do this, but they don't really manage to bring enough resolution to justify how long these songs drag on for. You keep waiting for the awesome heavy part to kick in, and instead you get the pretty-good-slightly-heavier-part. I listened to this waiting for it to really kick in, and it never really does. Pretty good, but spends too much time fucking around.

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