The Prophecy - _To End All Hope_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
In a nutshell, The Prophecy aim to create doom metal which can be slow and mournful but also suddenly burst into raging speed or anything in between. They describe their sound as "characteristically English" and based upon "the early nineties doom/death wave", which is reasonably accurate but only becomes apparent with the second track. During this demo CD, the band finds time to include an atmospheric piano passage, acoustic guitar flourishes and some nice violin work, but the variety of their doom metal lies in the various types of riffs, vocals and pace they utilise. This can easily lead to a doom metal record full of annoying upbeat passages, but when done right it can also be extremely good -- an outburst of speed or an especially crushing mid-paced riff could very well reach its maximum effect when following a dirgeful sequence. The Prophecy seem to be on the right path to achieving this, although for the time being not everything they do fits perfectly with the rest. Still, for the most part they are getting it right already, and as soon as they develop their ideas into something more consistently remarkable, they will be on their way to creating a very interesting disc indeed. I shall be looking forward to hearing from these English doomsters again.


(article published 3/7/2002)

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