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Prophecy

a Studio release
by
Solstice

Release Year: 2013

Date Label Catalog # Comments

Released on 28 Oct 2013 by Esoteric Antenna

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/25/2013 2:18:00 AM by: Oleg
  1. Eyes Of Fire
  2. Keepers Of The Truth
  3. Warriors
  4. West Wind
  5. Black Water

    Bonus tracks
  6. *Find Yourself
  7. *Return Of Spring
  8. *Earthsong

* remixed by Steven Wilson

Andy Glass
guitars


Steve McDaniel
keys


Robin Phillips
bass


Pete Hemsley
drums


Jenny Newman
violin


Emma Brown
vocals

Reviewed by Marc on 17 Dec 2013


My first contact with Solstice was with their 2010 live CD that I reviewed for ProGGnosis. I liked that album but also had some reservations, mostly with the singing. Perhaps a low budget live album was not the best way to get to know this very talented band.

Three years later Solstice have put out their first studio recording, Prophecy, in quite a while. Well I must say I am very much impressed by this album. Sure they do not try to reinvent Progressive Rock. This band is more than thirty years old, and even then (reading Doug's review of their first album) they set their music more in the early seventies than their then currrent period of the eighties.

What you should expect on Prophecy is great early seventies inspired Folk/Prog, with some excellent lead electric guitar (David Gilmour and Andy Latimer being good references), acoustic guitar, nice relaxed keyboards and a very good female lead singer. Think of the best stuff by Renaissance, or Yes tracks like "And You and I" or "I've Seen All Good People" to give you an idea of what to expect. The band also can get pretty heavy some time to time, so Prophecy is clearly an album that has much to offer to the attentive listener.

It also should be underlined that all the songs are very good. Prophecy offers a group of very strong and original compositions, even though it is in a style of another era. Three remastered tracks (by no less than Solstice fan Steven Wilson) complete this excellent CD, and they fit very well with the rest of the album. There is also a 2013 recording of "Earth Song" available as a download to those that purchase their album from the band's website. I did not listen to this new recording.

I highly recommend Prophecy by Solstice to any fan of the Classic Prog sound of the early to mid-seventies. Great album, most certainly in my Top 10 list of 2013.