Album review: PROPHET – Asylum

Z Records www.z-records.com

This best of rounds up highlights from the band’s three albums to date – ‘Prophet’ (1985), ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ (1988) and ‘Recycled’ (1991). ‘Cycle Of The Moon’ on its own should be any AOR/melodic rock fans collection as it is a classic album and five songs make this fourteen song ‘best of’. There is the pomp of the title track and the immense ‘Sound Of A Breaking Heart’, a hit single that never was sadly.

‘Recycled’ is more hard rock and ‘Call Of The Wild’ is one of the stand outs on here. Vocalist Russell Arcara delves into his harder rocking side on this song.

The band’s self-titled debut album included Ted Poley on drums, later to find fame fronting Danger Danger and a successful solo career. The debut had the late Dean Fasano on vocals and had a much more 70’s pomp feel with songs like ‘Powerplay’ recalling bands like Kansas. ‘Everything You Are’ is a classy pomp rock ballad heralded by church organs and has a glorious ‘mobile phones in the air’ chorus.

The band called in a day in the early 1990’s but they played last year’s Z Rocks Festival to rave reviews and this year’s Firefest – hopefully they will stick around, who knows perhaps even a new studio album?

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Review by Jason Ritchie


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