Year : 1988 (Z Records Remastered Edition 2011)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + scans + Video
Size : 103 mb
Prophet was an American Melodic Rock band from New Jersey, United States. The last lineup of the group was Russell Arcara (vocals), Dave DiPietro (guitar), Ken Dubman (guitar), Scott Metaxas (bass), Joe Zujkowski (keyboard) and Jim Callahan (drums).However, the band had many lineups along its career.Prophet was founded in 1980s by two previously members of Icarian and Tom Fuller's Rock City, bassist Scott Metaxas and keyboardist the late Joe Zujkowski. For completing the group, they invited other four members: Ken Dubman (guitar), William Runco (guitar), Bob Butterfield (drums) and Marc Hoffman (vocals).The band started its career playing in covers of songs by bands such as Queen, Boston, Kansas and Styx. In fact, they were considered to be one of the best cover bands in New Jersey in the 80s.In 1985, Hoffman and Butterfield left the band and were substituted by the late Dean Fasano (vocals) and Ted Poley (drums & vocals). Poley played with Dubman years before in another rock band, named Lush, when they were in High School.William Runco also left the band, but was not replaced by another musician. With this new formation, the group recorded its first album, self-titled. It includes the song "Slow Down", which may have influenced the hit "Wanted Dead or Alive", by Bon Jovi, years later.After having released the first album, Fasano and Poley left the band. Poley joined the band Danger Danger as its lead vocalist and bandleader. Then, Prophet invited Russell Arcara (vocals) and Michael Sterlacci (drums & vocals). During this period the band was managed by Noel Monk, who also managed Van Halen.This lineup recorded the band's second album Cycle of the Moon. This album is considered the most important by the group and peaked at 137 on the Billboard 200.In 1991, prior to Prophet releasing its third album, 'Recycled' (Halycon Records), Michael Sterlacci (drums & vocals) left the band and relocated to Los Angeles, Ca. With yet another lineup: Dave DiPietro (guitar) and Jim Callahan (drums) joined the band and recorded "Recycled".This album also had Karl Cochran (acoustic guitar and backing vocals) as a special guest.From 1992, Prophet's members started new projects and the group ended years later. Arcara created two other bands after leaving Prophet: Arcara (also known as Wheres Mary)and The Way. Also during this time Arcara formed a cover band Called Wally and the Beaver, featuring Dubman, Dipietro, (From Megaforce Recording artists TTQUICK, DiPietro in particular stood out as a mentor/teacher to Zakk Wylde and Dave Sabo who would later star with Ozzy Osbourne and Skid Row respectively. In 2009, TT QUICK lead singer Mark Tornillo joined the heavy metal group Accept, helping them achieve their highest billboard chart success to date) Callaghan, Stephan Deacutis (session player , studio owner Sound spa and successful record producer. and extraordinary bassist/vocalist Tony LeClerc,(also from Wheres Mary and New York City's Big Bad Wolf, currently Bass Guitarist for former Warner bros and EMI recording artist Twinkle Yochim and her band RockSoulRadio.Dipietro left the band the night before their first show due to personal reasons and the band continued as a five piece. In 1992, Metaxas and DiPietro joined Nuclear Assault. Dubman joined the blues band Rocket 88. Callahan created a software company and started working as a graphic designer.Years later, Dubman, Arcara, Metaxas and Callahan created a tribute band, Edgar Cayce, after the American prophet. The band's albums were re-released many times in 2000s: Recycled was reissued in 2005 (Z Records) and Cycle of Moon was reissued in 2005 (Z Records) and 2009 (Wounded Bird Records).On April 29, 2012, the band reformed for a reunion show, with a lineup consisting of Metaxas, Dubman, Arcaca, Callahan, and new keyboardist Bill Dellicato replacing Joe Zujkowski (who had died in the time since the band had last been together).
One of the must have albums of the ’80s, PROPHET‘s “Cycle Of The Moon“, was remastered and repackaged by Z-Records including a bonus track, and it’s a mandatory addition to any Melodic Rock / AOR collection.Originally released in 1988, for this new effort Russell Arcara (former Surgin singer) replaced Dean Fasano, and the drummer slot was taken by Mike Sterlacci, after Ted Poley’s departure to become Danger Danger’s vocalist.Riding the wave of the moment, on “Cycle Of The Moon” Prophet moved to the rockin’ AOR territory, filled with glorious swirling keyboards and memorable choruses. Still, some light prog-AOR ala 80’s Kansas can be found, all wrapped with a lush polished sound.“Cycle Of The Moon” is a cleverly balanced album, from the harder tracks such as “Frontline” or “Hands Of Time” to the pure AOR of the highest class on the awesome “Can’t Hide Love” and “Red Line Rider”.The terrific ballad “Sound Of A Breaking” should’ve been a hit, while the acoustic / keyboard laced semi-prog “Tomorrow Never Comes” (sung by bass player Scott Metaxas) is one of the finest songs of that year.“Cycle Of The Moon” is one of the best US AOR / Melodic Hard albums from the second half of the ’80s, reflecting a stunningly complete combination of musicianship, sonic power and commercial appeal. Great songs + great production is a winning formula, and both are present in large quantities here.This reissue, with a brilliant remastering and a previously unreleased track as bonus, is a must have in any serious rockin’ AOR collection.
Russell Arcara - Vocals
Ken Dubman - Guitars
Scott Metaxas - Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Michael Sterlacci - Drums, Background Vocals
Joe Zujkowski - Keyboards
01. Cycle Of The Moon
02. Can`t Hide Love
03. On The Run
04. Sound Of A Breaking Heart
06. Tomorrow Never Comes
08. Hands Of Time
10. Red Line Rider
11. Hard Lovin' Man (Bonus Track)
+ Video "Sound of a Breaking Heart" (Official Video)
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