Mystic Prophecy is a power metal band from Bad Grönenbach, Germany. They have been described as sounding like US-power metal, similar to bands such as Iced Earth (due to the riffing and use of drumming), but still without losing the melodies found in European power metal.
The band was formed by Valley's Eve bandmates R.D. Liapakis and Martin Albrecht. Gus G. was recommended to them by David T. Chastain. He played all guitars on the three first albums, but left in 2005 to spend more time on his other band Firewind.
Satanic Curses, their fifth album, was released in Europe through Massacre Records on October 23, 2007, and in the U.S. via Locomotive Records on November 11.
Some months after the release of their album "Satanic Curses" Mathias Straub was no longer in the band. Reasons why are unknown. The band found a replacement in Stefan Dietrich, who played on their "Satanic Curses-tour" with Primal Fear, and is a full time member since then.
In July, 2008, it was stated at Blabbermouth.net that guitarist Martin Grimm and the band's founding bassist Martin Albrecht left the band to lay focus on their family lives instead.
In August, 2008, there was a new statement at Blabbermouth.net that a replacement for Martin Grimm had been found. New guitarist was found in Constantine. At the end of October, 2008, it was announced that the band had found a new bassplayer named Connie Andreszka.
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Their 2009 album "Fireangel" marked a serious turning point for Mystic Prophecy – after many thought the band would not continue because of diverse line-up changes and delivered a serious metal highlight. With "Fireangel" the band went on a longer European tour with the Finns of Stratovarius and also appeared on numerous festivals throughout Europe. The feedback was more than positive and it soon became clear that the band wasn't able to keep the 1-year rhythm in releasing new albums – it took double time, almost two years this time to finish "Ravenlord".
But with this album Mystic Prophecy that great bands are like good wine and become the older the better !!! And Mystic Prophecy never were better !!! Already now the press highly praises the album – and they are right!
The sound is top notch again for the fans as the band didn't change their winning team and recorded at Prophecy and Music Factory Studios with engineer C.Schmid and mixed with Fredirk Nordström (In Flames, Arch Enemy etc.) in Sweden. The result is once more breathtaking especially because the band combines extreme metal sounds ("Die Now" or "Damned Tonight") with the classic rock elements ("Ravenlord", "Eyes of the Devil").
This musical variety and the excellent song writing make "Ravenlord" rememberable. There is no doubt: "Ravenlord" won't dissapoint anybody! The Ozzy Osbourne classic "Miracle Man", which was pimped to speed of light remarks an extra highlight for all metalheads – what else a real metalhead can ask for?