Metal is far from dead. It is not only still alive, but stronger than ever in the new release by power metal strongholds, Sonic Prophecy. It is not often that I get to review albums from my own area, so I am excited when I get the opportunity. Sonic Prophecy hails from Salt Lake City but soon you will be hearing about these guys all over the place, trust me. Savage Gods is their latest and easily, best yet. I have been following these guys since their inception and they only get better and better with each album. Shane Provstgaard delivers ear-piercing vocals, while the twin axe attack is provided courtesy of Darrin Goodman and Sebastian Martin. Rounding out the band on the rhythm section is Ron Zemanek on bass and Matt LeFevre on drums. Compared to previous releases Savage Gods is darker, heavier, and melodic. The first track on the album “Savage Gods” embodies all those characteristics. Galloping drums and guitar riffs rule this song. Next up is my favorite track on the album, “Night Terror.” The song begins with a soft ghostly guitar riff that crescendos into a full-on metal nightmare. Combine all that with a vocal performance that can only be compared to the likes of Rob Halford or Bruce Dickinson, you may find yourself waking up in night sweats. The lyrics themselves will have you checking under your bed and in your closet before you go to bed:
You Pray that You’ll Wake by the Morn
Shaking in Fear
Of What Waits For You in the Storm
Approaching – Pure Evil
Childhood Nightmares Reborn
Will You Awaken?
Or Will You Die All Alone?”
The rest of the album is full of amazing metal. Another couple of my favorites are “Iron Clad Heart” and “Man the Guns.” This review would not be complete without mentioning “A Prayer Before Battle.” A battle horn declares the start of the song, while the lyrics ask for Odin to hear their prayers to stand with their brothers in Valhalla’s golden halls. By the end of the song you feel as though you have just survived the battle of your life.
I enjoyed every minute of this album but don’t take my word for it. Check out Savage Gods for yourself. It will give you lots of creditability to be able to tell your friends, “I found Sonic Prophecy before they hit it big,” because I can tell you it isn’t a matter of if but how soon. Savage Gods by Sonic Prophecy will be released January 19, 2018 via Rockshots Records.