FALSE PROPHET - SECOND DEATH (Heaven And Hell Records)
I still remember the days I kept myself busy collecting as much as possible demo tapes of underground Metal bands from all continents. And of course, expanding my own vinyl collection had primacy in my youthful life. Now we’re living in a totally different world full of digital stuff and in fact, there’s nothing wrong with but if you allow me to speak for myself, I miss the good old days of Hard Rock and Metal on multiple fronts. All because of the great music which was circulated then, also the solidarity within the worldwide metal community was stronger than today. Those days, there was no question of technological ingenuity, we even had no PC available so we were forced to take pen and paper to get in touch with other brothers in arms. All things considered, a time to cherish – a glorious era I will never forget !
We do not get back the good old method of working out things, only the good old Metal days will never fade away… I’m proud to present a great band from North Carolina named False Prophet ! At the end of 2013, Heaven And Hell Records released a so called anthology entitled “Second Death”, False Prophet’s self financed album, originally recorded back in 1991.
False Prophet began its quest back in 1988 as a 3-piece formation consisting of Paul Ray, Chris Lyndon and Tim Haisman complemented by Mike Morrison a while later on. During the 80s era was, US Thrash Metal ruled with an iron gauntlet. Unforgettable moments I still cherish deep within my heart… those were the days we had great, laden with alcohol, feasts on thrash while visiting gigs of Dark Angel, Blessed Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Agent Steel, Death, Exodus, Megadeth, Anthrax, Hades, Forbidden, Exhorder and of course our own Belgian based thrashers Cyclone among others.
Than we also had the US Underground Thrash Metal scene with outstanding acts like False Prophet, a brilliant US Death/Thrash Metal band who recorded a first 4 track demo in 1989, entitled “Sign Of The Cross” followed by the band’s self financed debut album “The Second Death” (1991). False Prophet was noticed by the international press and led them straight to the stage that they could share as support act for Dark Angel, Demolition Hammer, Forbidden and many others. By the fact there was a Punk band around with the same band name, False Prophet changed its moniker to Infernal Hierarchy and recorded a two single demo, released as a 7 inch through Rage Records in 1993. Due to personal circumstances, the band called it quits… a loss for all of us, Underground Thrash Metal maniacs! But the name False Prophet resurfaced in 2013, good news to hear that Jeremy Golden, CEO of Heaven And Hell Records contacted the band to re-release their legendary “The Second Death” album on CD. Blood Harvest Records was able to work out a full-length double vinyl set ! Producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me) was in charge to re-master all of the old recordings… take it from me that the end result is mighty good !
The CD version primarily serves the six songs (of which one intro called ‘Diabolic Rites)) from the devastating “Second Death” album where aggression and musical skill feel good to each other. Vocals in the vein of good old David Vincent during the early Morbid Angel era and also Chris Bailey from early Infernal Majesty come cross my brain cells. The vocals are based on full aggression associated with grimness on a large scale. The guitar duties perfectly fit in with the aggressive type of vocals and brings back the real good feel of US Underground Death/Thrash Metal, obviously US styled! The relationship between drums and bass should be optimal for this type of aggressive music and so be it, False Prophet really deliver the very best.
The song ‘Second Death’ lasts up to 12 minutes which is very rare for a thrash piece. The ultimate mission is to keep the listener’s attention optimal during such a long period of time and that’s exactly what False Prophet does, conclusion: mission completed ! And the band proves it more than once that they are able to deal with exciting, long play songs… check out ‘In Satan’s Name’ (10+ minutes) and ‘Bring Back A Memory’ (9+ minutes). My attention was maintained so no doubt about it, False Prophet wields the sceptre with gusto. The constant tempo changes happen very fluent, another remarkable added value. With total running time of more than 45 which can be linked to other undying troops of thrash like Mefisto (“The Puzzle” demo), Slaughterlord (“Die By The Power” demo) and albums like Morbid Saint (Spectrum Of Death”), Infernal Majesty (“Nine Shall Defy”), Mordid Angel (“Abominations Of Desolation/Altars Of Madness”), Demolition Hammer (“Epidemic Of Violence”).
But False Prophet’s re-release though Heave And Hell Records has more in promotion, be ready for more thrashing frenzy coming from their 1989 demo “Sign Of The Cross”, featuring four excellent tracks which are able to knock you out of control without mercy. Thrashing and banging is the only way… during these songs, you can relive the glorious 80s like it was yesterday. I told you before that the band changed name to Infernal Hierarchy and the release of a two-song demo, well also both cuts are added to the tracklist of this re-release. Entitled ‘First Born’ and ‘False Prophecy”, Infernal Hierarchy offer the goods on thrash!
Reportedly, False Prophet would get back to rehearsing to bring an updated version to the live stage. Could this be a new start, the rebirth of a thrashing legend? Well I hope so by all means. Meanwhile, get up and show your dignity to old school Underground Thrash Metal scene and order “Second Death” via Heaven And Hell Records right HERE. Also you can download a - Free EP - 'Murder or Mercy' of live and demo tracks at THIS location.
My Points: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish