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Sonic Prophecy: Savage Gods
Sonic Prophecy - Savage Gods CD Album Review

Sonic Prophecy: Savage Gods

Heavy/Power Metal
4.5/5.0

Hailing from the "Vatican" of Mormonism, Salt Lake City, is American metal band Sonic Prophecy. In existence since 2008 the band has dropped one EP and two full length albums, toured regionally, and opened for major rock and metal acts like Tyr, Alestorm, Ratt, Cinderella, Accept, and Sabaton. Heavily influenced by peers and heroes such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Hammerfall, Manowar, and Saxon, Sonic Prophecy returns with their third studio album, Savage Gods.

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Sonic Prophecy

With one spin of Savage Gods, those influences become self-evident. Essentially, Sonic Prophecy works from the foundation of classic heavy and power metal; it's NWoBHN metal tucked neatly into an American power metal wrapper. The usual musical elements are also obvious: twin guitar harmony in riffage; strong, often neo-classical, guitar solos; a robust rhythm section for power, pace, and groove; and generally clean and melodic lead vocals, often surrounded by gang background vocals. Additionally, following in the tradition of "keep it true" heavy metal, Sonic Prophecy offers an abundance of melody to match the harmony. It's notable in the guitar lines but also, not unlike Ozzy Osbourne, who was a master, vin ocalist Shane Provstgaard's voice which naturally follows both.

For the songs, there's some variety, and so here's a few highlights. For shear metal heaviness in their songs, you'll it in Savage Gods, Night Terror, and the more steady Man And Machine, all with terrific guitar solos. For strict power metal, Iron Clad Heart is a pedal to the metal speed monster, pausing only in a few moments to moderate the pace. With Dreaming Of The Storm you get something of a metal anthem with a nice groove and sweet vocal arrangement. Perhaps my favorite song is Walk Through The Fire. To start, the bass is heard leading the song before building with riffage and lingering piano line. At midpoint that piano presence rises a bit higher, and then closes out the song. The piano line really sells the song.

All in all, I found Sonic Prophecy's Savage Gods to be a consistent and entertaining album of classic American melodic heavy power metal worthy of your consideration. Recommended.



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The Bottom Line

All in all, I found Sonic Prophecy's Savage Gods to be a consistent and entertaining album of classic American melodic heavy power metal worthy of your consideration. Recommended.

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