December 5, 2010 by Dan Swinhoe
As the thrash revival continues along comes Sunderland’s Risen Prophecy, a band with enough scope and musical chops to rival, if not better, the UK’s other leading light Evile.
This four-piece isn’t subtle, they’re metal to bone, with songs like Damned Nation and the title track, denim and leather all the outfit of choice here and the more head banging and air guitar the better.
Opening with Persecutor, you’re hit with a barrage of 80s thrash riffs and it feels familiar without being rehashed or boring, it sounds like a classic track that you’ve only just found.
Throughout the album it’s obvious to see these are a talented bunch, the speed and time changes are really impressive and the vocals on here while not always being prefect, fit the music well, ranging from an angry bark to King Diamond style wail.
Justice… era Metallica is obvious with most of the songs clocking in at over 7 or 8 minutes, and more the most part they need to be to fit all the ideas in. it doesn’t feel rushed nor over stretched, the songs have time to breathe and you have time to enjoy them.
The centre point is Risen Prophecy, an 8 minute epic that encompasses all that the band can do; slow, fast, heavy, moody, it’s a classy song and shows these guys have real potential.
A lot of this album features Iron Maiden-esque chugging and Powerslave era is the easiest reference point, but rather than seeming like a rip off it’s a testament to how good british bands can really be.
It isn’t all retro though, modern Megadeth and Machine Head shine through in parts and they they can do slow and grinding just as well as full pelt. The balance between old and new is just about right and it is a really enjoyable ride.
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