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Prodigal Sun [Import]

The Afflicted Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000008CPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prodigal Sun
2. Harbouring The Soul
3. In Years To Come
4. Tidings From The Blue Sphere
5. The Empty Word
6. Astray
7. Rising To The Sun
8. Spirit Spectrum
9. The Doomwatcher's Prediction
10. Consumed In Flames
11. Ivory Tower

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Odin - hear me! 6 Jan 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
'Prodigal Sun' is something of a cult oddity amongst extreme metal albums - released in 1992 on the crest of a wave of Swedish death metal, and once again produced by Tomas Skogsberg, however this is a long way away from the likes of Entombed and Dismember. Complex fractured riffing reminiscent of At The Gates, with a primitive early black metal sound, screeching vocals and bizarre lyrics make this record stand out from the crowd. Occasionally this is a little too mad for it's own good, with meandering technical passages going all over the place, but for sheer wierdness this is a perverse oddity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse and ground-breaking 19 Mar 2004
By phobos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is a strange mix of ground-breaking material that still sounds innovative and fresh over 10 years after its release, along with some fairly dated moments that place it firmly back in the days when death metal was still gaining momentum. There are some pretty thrashy parts here and there. With that said, though, this is an extremely unique and often amazing album. It incorporates some diverse elements (sitar, for instance) and uses them in really original ways, mixing them intermittently with brutal metal. In this way it reminds me of Theory in Practice's first album. Although this band never received much attention, I think it quietly influenced a lot of bands. It's weird for the sake of being weird, I guess, but this approach often pushes metal forward. In terms of originality and willingness to experiment, I would put this in the same league as great technical death bands like Atheist, although it is not quite as technical. Unfortuately, as seems to be the case for oddball music of this sort, this band is almost unknown (my CD languished at my local used CD store for over 3 years, before I bought it on a whim, and I live in a big city). My only complaint is that I would have liked more of the weird acoustic/ethnic moments.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Metal! 5 April 2005
By A. Urribarri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, a friend of mine had this Afflicted Prodigal Sun on tape a long time ago, and i get a copy of that tape and since then I just wanted to have that record on CD, finaly I have one!!
this album reminds me in certain parts Entombed's Clandestine, and some lead guitars like Dismember first album, I think it's the scandinavian metal sound of the 90's! really cool! but maybe with some innovative sound that makes very special this album, I can't say if it is progressive or technical the sound on each song, but without being soft, they mantain the brutality on their riffs and blasting drums as well as in rythmic parts. For sure it's a great sound that deserves to pay attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise 4 April 2007
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Did you ever notice how it's always one of those cheap cut-out bin albums that ends up completely surprising you? I picked up the 1992 debut album Prodigal Sun by Afflicted on a whim when I saw it in a clearance bin, and it ended up impressing me a great deal.

This album has a few things going for it right off the bat, namely (a) they're Swedish, (b) they're a death metal band, and (c) they're from the early 90's. The Swedish death metal scene in the 1990's was extremely strong, and while Afflicted obviously didn't have the same impact as At the Gates and In Flames, they still lived up to that high level of quality.

Prodigal Sun is a very thrash-influenced death metal album, fast paced and with harsh vocals. It's not as melodic as what the Gothenburg bands were releasing, but it's not your basic Cannibal Corpse death metal either. There's enough experimentation (i.e. instrumental passages, Eastern sounds) to keep things interesting, though by and large this is a put it in and bang your head kind of album! I think the closest points of comparison are fellow Swedes Ceremonial Oath and Tales From the Thousand Lakes-era Amorphis.

Death metal fans would do well to check out Prodigal Sun, especially if you're fortunate enough to run across it at a clearance rate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No entity of light will save you 6 Mar 2009
By Grond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Soul-searching progressive death metal from Sweden, avoiding reliance for its primary communication on established death metal standards, rather using the tools of its genre trade in the manner which progressive rock bands use 'rock' elements. The result is death metal as if played by a 1970s progressive rock band. The psychedelic atmosphere and the cosmic and sometimes spiral melodies reminiscent of space rock give this music a strange character not typically associated with death metal. The compositions are quite involved; not to the extent that it is 'complex', but rather, like the best of 'experimental' music, its many sections are organized in a fashion that suggests haphazardness, or jam-room randomness passed off as 'improvisational', yet intentionally resolves itself in aesthetically logical and pleasing conclusions. Though the music contains identifiable elements of early 1990s Swedish death metal, particularly the guitar melodies and leads, not to mention the Sunlight Studio production, which peculiarly merge the dark and the translucent, this band's adventurousness separated it from its contemporaries of the time (1992), most of whom were hoping to cash in on the success of Entombed and other forerunners of the Swedish scene. Prodigal Sun sounds like nothing else that was being produced in Sweden at the time of its release, but it's the music's substance that allows this freshness its validity.

"Now... stop looking to the skies
no entity of light will help you
now... who created who?
Did man create god?"

The music is performed with an abundance of energy and skill, and this combined with the intelligence of structural design, especially the awareness of mood dynamic, makes this an exciting listen. The death metal growls are a bit goofy, which, at least for the first few listens, leaves the listener with the impression that this might have been more effective as an instrumental work, but in the context of the busy music with its and rapidly shifting in quick transitions, gives the band's sound an aura of madness, a lunacy that interestingly contrasts with the keen awareness of the music and its thematic presentation, exploring the self and its relation to a bizarre world and its destruction by its own inhabitants, a lost humanity falling into error of environmental destruction and technological obsession as it desperately and therefore thoughtlessly tries to make sense of its existence. The superficial uniformity of society, which unifies itself only through and for appearance, rather than for the purposes of logicality and harmony, is often contrasted by the band with pagan mythology, spirituality, and appreciation of nature, not so much for rebellion's sake, but as a way to express through comparison the difference between its effects. Each song-as-journey ends only when all possible and adequate explorations and their elaborations have been exhausted to the degree required for each track to properly represent itself, resulting in engaging songs, which, however, are always legitimized because of the band's talent for interesting melodies and the eccentric atmosphere, which seems like a natural result of the combined elements rather than an intention of its creators. The production might be a tad muddy for music this involved, but the clarity of the guitars, always a staple of Sunlight Studios, brings out the sometimes weird yet mostly charming riffs and cosmic melodies.

"The home of life
we consume
man's ignorance
will seal his doom..."

The vocals are the weakest part of this album, but after a few listens this is hardly recognized, because the musical journey is, much like the journey of life, interesting enough to keep one from ending it because of one slight annoyance, which is quickly and easily overcome. It's inspired music, that in turn inspires its audience by its will to self-discovery and creation. The music rises and sets with the sun, eschewing the obscurity of night and the hollowness of midday. Its spirit is that of the dawn and early evening, as the rising and setting sun commenting on the events to come and those that have passed. Chaotic, overflowing with inspiration and surge, vision, imagination, exploding with creativity and power. Somehow this gifted band managed to become lost in the sea of Swedish death metal bands of the time, but they had a lot more to say, and much fresher and more interesting ways to say it, than most of their regional competition.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old school metal 31 Mar 2008
By Eric Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is one of the most interesting bands from back in the day deathmetal with an edge of the 60s rock i call it twisted metal you call it what you want this cd came out on nuclear blast america in the early 90s its rare and out of print i pute this band up on the top with bands like pungent stench, dismember, autopsy, death and obituary no their not so intence like these bands listed but their up thier different i would say take care,metal onward
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