The Prophecy

How good is The Prophecy on a scale of 1-10?

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Number 6

Ancient Mariner
Quite underrated song, if you ask me. I find it to be brilliant and on par with, say, "Moonchild", "Infinite Dreams", "The Evil That Men Do". The music has an apocalyptic feel to it, mirroring the destruction of the village mentioned in the lyrics and leaving a strong sense of doom. I particularly like the interlude before the solos (2:05-2:23) and the acoustic ending. Those parts were just meant to be on this song, they fit perfectly within the context of it. 9.

The main problem for me is that it only really makes sense within the context of the album, which weakens it as an individual song. The ending acoustic bit and most of the guitar work save it.
A transition song, it works well for the flow on the album, but doesnt really hold up on it's own. Some nice parts but nothing more.


Ancient Mariner
This song has the rhythm of quest for fire but with greater power, vocals and lyrics. It's the third best song on the album IMO. One of my favorite underrated songs and vocally impossible to do live unless Steve does the advocate singing


Fool! Doctor Doom does as he pleases!
A beautiful soft guitar intro is joined by sweet guitar harmonies before breaking into a rhythmically busy riff and an unfortunately rote and oddly phrased verse. This leads into a more interesting tradeoff vocal in the pre-chorus that leads into yet another pre-chorus ("I'll take your life in my hands") -- no, wait, I guess that was the chorus. Hmm, not very effective in that role.

This leads into a nice harmonized interlude with some neoclassical feel before breaking into an excellent solo that rolls back into the verse. Another round of verse through chorus and we fall into a harmonized interlude that eventually dissolves into a gorgeous extended acoustic outro.

The music and lyrics here are all excellent, but the verse has vocal melody and phrasing problems, and the chorus doesn't feel like a chorus at all. On balance, I think I would still round this up to a 7/10.

Diesel 11

As you scream into the web of silence...
A calm opening turns into an intriguing bit about the Seventh Son warning a village of disaster and them turning a deaf ear to him. Bruce does a great job with the vocals, and the outro is cool, but as a whole, this is the low point of the album and not outstanding enough among the rest of the discography. 6


Out of the Silent Planet
Fantastic intro from Dave (as always), great verses and the chorus is not bad. The twin-lead guitar harmonies are awesome - pure greatness. Dave's solo is great too. Not that bad riff though. The song lacks second solo from Adrian. The outro is magical! - unique and superb way to end a song. For sure it's the worst song from this masterpiece of an album.... 7/10.
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