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Total Experience (1985)
Rating: 10/10

This is unbelievable; a classic pomp LP if ever there was one. Beyond Sugarcreek? Well, I’ll leave that up to you. How disco label Total Experience ever picked up on Prophet must be quite some story, but let’s just be thankful that they did.

What we have here is pomp rock of the highest degree; tight vocal harmonies coupled with excellent songs and musicianship that ranks among the best. ‘Steel Secrets’ sees Joe Zujkowski letting loose on his keyboards at the intro, as the number fires off into a mid-tempo rocker, with the kind of hookline that imprints itself on your memory. ‘Heart Of The Night’ sounds a lot like Boston, but is filled full of keyboard frills leaving you doing overtime trying to keep up with it. ‘Slow Down’ is a Kansas-type ballad which closes side one in the finest way possible.

Side two opener ‘Powerplay’ sees vocalist Dean Fasano sounding like a younger version of Steve Walsh, while Joe Zujkowski does his best to challenge Greg Giuffria for the king of the ivories award. ‘Sail Away’ is the LP’s real rocker; watch your VH meters serge into the red zones as this number races along. ‘Listen To Ya’ is pomp at its best; bouncing bass lines and swirling synths all over the place.

Believe me, this is incredible and it’s really hard to put the LP into words. My best advice is to just buy it and believe in Prophet.

Kelv Hellrazer

Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 11 (1985)

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