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Anthology - The Prophecy

Published August 04 2014

=Staff's pick

The River Of Mystery
The Prophecy
Lost Dreams*
Rise Up!
Scream Into The Darkness*
Open Your Eyes
No Sorrow*
Inside My Rage
Fate In Your Hands
The Secret Of Midnight*
No Sorrow Orchestra (Bonus)

Genre Power/Symph./Speed Metal
Raylyn Shayde
Tracks 11
Majo Gonda
Running time 57 Min.
Miro Grman
Label ---
Marek Štech
Release 02 May 2014
Peter Pleva
Country Slovakia
Martin Solárik
Producer Roland Grapow
Similar artists Helloween, Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Symphony X

Genuine power metal from the east of Europe, that certainly caught me off guard. I didn't know what to expect. The build-up with grand piano melodies and chants, accelerated my anticipation, and when the guitar started ripping I sat tight in my chair, appreciating the fast paced tunes that followed. Truly headbanging-friendly music!

I was surprised and quite charmed by the lovely voice of Raylyn Shayde. In "Lost Dream" there are mouth-watering rhythmic figures and delicate harmony melodies which left me wanting more. The guitar backing to the solos is amazing, and the drum fills made me expect something special further down the road. Although "Rise Up!" felt a bit like filler, "Scream Into The Darkness" certainly made up for it! Best power metal song I've heard in a while. It has been stuck in my head for a couple of weeks. An insta-repeat song that screams to be heard a couple of times in a row. My associations run towards battle, of the epic sort. There is a certain drive to this song which gets me forced to listen to it again and again, as it makes my head bounce. It urges you to use the closest surface with your hands as a drum until the fingers get blisters. Actually, I accidently poured out a beer on my keyboard because of this song…

Highlights besides "Scream Into The Darkness" are the pianos and the vocal performance in "No Sorrow", the galloping in "Fate In Your Hands" and the energy in "The Secret Of Midnight".

A worth pick-up for any fan of this genre. However, except for the fairly unique and charismatic singing there is not so much originality about this release. The pronunciation has a touch of her descent, which I find charming but some could dislike I guess. All in all, it's greatly executed energetic and melodious metal that incites enthusiastic head movements. I will gladly follow the progress of this band! Maybe this is only a prophecy of what is to come...








7 chalices of 10 - Sofus

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