THE PROPHECY began in 2001 when John Bennett and Greg O'Shea met up with vocalist Matt Lawson one bleak and grey evening in the now demolished Empress bar in Bradford. Two weeks later THE PROPHECY had recorded a demo CD Her Embrace, My Ruin at Performance Studios.
From this point on the band decided to get serious and spent six months enclaved in their practice studio. The result of this was the To End All Hope demo which, although far from perfect, still stood high above the crowd of doom metal wannabe hopefuls. It was this demo CD that secured the band its place on the first DOOMINATION OF EUROPE tour with Mourning Beloveth and the now defunct Relapse artists Morgion. The band released their Ashes debut just in time for the start of the tour and this was quickly picked up by local label Black Doom Records. Just five months later the band then went on to play THE DOOMINATION OF AMERICA. This was a month long tour, coast to coast, as far south as Austin, Texas and as far north as Portland, Oregon. Few states were left untouched by the Doomination cavalcade...
With this grueling tour of America under their belts who was better placed to support My Dying Bride on their Halloween 2003 tour than THE PROPHECY? Playing to sold out crowds at the London Astoria, Utrecht's Tivoli and Antwerp's Hof der Loo. The tour was a resounding success and nicely rounded off the year for the band.
In 2004 work began on the follow-up to the Ashes CD. The songs were fully written and finalized and the band entered the studio in September to record drums. On the gig front the band played the BLOODSTOCK 04 festival getting KKKK in Kerrang! They then went on to headline the DOOMINATION OF EUROPE II with Australian band The Eternal in support. This tour expanded on the previous year's Doomination, taking in Hungary, Italy, Germany as well as Spain, Portugal and the Benelux. This gruelling tour was to take its toll however, with second guitarist Christian Moore-Wainwright leaving the band shortly afterwards.
2005 was to be difficult year for THE PROPHECY. Lineup problems resulted in the band playing as a four-piece for much of the year and feeling like they were not achieving their full potential in terms of live sound. Work on Revelations also became a slow grind as Greg now had to record all guitar parts after delays caused by the previous bass player who was also to depart in eary 2005. However, with the recruitment of Gavin Parkinson on bass in the summer things began to look up for The Prophecy. The decision was made to stick to having one guitar and the band started to write new songs again wasting no time in getting out on the road again 'The Mist Of Death' tour covered most of the Benelux countries with fellow Doomster's Insanity Reigns Supreme and a whole host of bands in support. A month later the band ended the year supporting My Dying Bride at Bradford Rios.
In 2006 THE PROPHECY unleashed a new streak of creativity writing the majority of songs for the followup to Revelations opus. Provisionally entitled 'Into The Light' this album should literally see the light in 2008. A busy touring schedule pushed the bands live show to another level with highlights being a Northern Ireland tour with Honey For Christ and the Days of Reckoning tour of Europe including an appearance at the fabled Dutch Doom Day.
Onto 2007 and this year has been the year of revelations with reviews flooding in for the album. Gaining massive acclaim from magazines such as Terrorizer, Zero Tolerance, Powerplay and Loud magazines The album has been voted album of the year at Metal Review picked up numerous album of the month awards and been nominated for the best doom album of 2006.
On the live front the band played the closing night of Bradford Rios to a packed out audience of over 1000 as well as making an appearance at the premier Irish metal festival Day of Darkness. The band then appeared at the Portugese festival, Pontape na Canela, in August despite being stranded in Portugal after their tour bus broke down. October then saw the band play the Doom Over Vienna festival in Austria as well as making a week long tour across Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands
The band are currently preparing to enter the studio to record their third opus entitles 'Into the Light'
Zero Tolerance Magazine - May 2007 - "An astonishing album which can draw you completely into The Prophecy's bleak world." - 4/5
Powerplay Magazine - Mar 2007 - "resplendent in beautiful and tragic lyrics, stylized metal and melodic vocals and perfect musical alchemy" - 8/10
Loud Magazine - Feb 2007 - Em que os THE PROPHECY desenvolvem a sua exceptional arte de composição de temas doom melódicos. - 8/10
Terrorizer Magazine - Feb 2007 - "The Halifax MASTERS OF MISERY"
Metal Review - Nov 2007 - ALBUM OF THE YEAR!
Metal Rules Mag - Jun 2007 - a band who deserve their recent accolades.
HMAS Magazine - Jun 2007 - This is a masterpiece, and not one that just the rabid fans of doom metal will want to grab
Vampire Magazine - May 2007 - The Prophecy succeed in breathing new life into the genre.
Tartarean Desire - May 2007 - "high quality output" - 9/10
Babylon Magazine - April 2007 - "ascoltare questo disco è una vera mazzata nello stomaco"
Musketeer Of Death - Feb 2007 - the crème de la crème of the doom scene
Heavy Metal Universe - Feb 2007 - With these seven brand new songs, the doom metal masters from England deliver one of the best atmospheric doom death record of the last 10 years. 6/6
Lamentations of the Flame Princess - Jan 2007 - I cant believe how good this album is.
Metal Storm - Jan 2007 - Peaceville what are you doing? 8.8/10
THE METAL OBSERVER - Jan 2007 - put this album in and hit play you will be drowned in crushing sorrow 9/10
Shapeless Magazine - Jan 2007 - Gli inglesi The Prophecy arrivano con "Revelations" alla seconda prova in studio...8/10
Chronicles Of Chaos Magazine - Jan 2007 - "A solid record with some outstanding moments." 8/10
OBLIVEON MAGAZINE - Jan 2007 - Danke für diesen Gänsehaut-Erreger!- 9/10
FYU Zine - DEATHMETAL.BE - Dec 2006 - "filled to the brim with a rapturing, emotive atmosphere; subtly layered and meticulously balanced" - Discovery of the Month! 9/10
Prog-nose Dec - 2006 - Choice of the Month!
Doom-Metal.com - Dec 2006 - Long may The Prophecy reign as Death Doom Gods!
Born In Blood - Nov 2006 - I really cannot recommend this CD enough.
Lords of Metal - Nov 2006 - .. this album must not be missing in any doom metal collection. Rating 95/100
Nominated for the Doom-Metal album of the year 2006
You can find out more about THE PROPHECY or to help support the band by purchasing other merchandise, by going to their website www.the-prophecy.net or for a sneak preview of the new album you can visit their myspace page on www.myspace.com/theprophecyeng.