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Cycle of the Moon

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  • Audio CD (11 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird
  • ASIN: B0025BR23K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Another blast from the past! Bought this on vinyl when it originally came out, but there are some scratches on that.Haven`t played it for years, but it has been a real joy to play the CD now. The Music has aged really well, and it doesn`t sound dated at all. Great buy!
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Great AOR/Hair metal - Very 80's in style, with a touch of Prog. Good vocals, lots of keyboards and guitar solo's. Worth the entrance price for 2the sound of a breaking heart " alone.
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Bought as they were playing a festival I went to; great cd -great live too!

Highly recommend to any fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten '80s melodic rock album 12 July 2006
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1988, Cycle of the Moon was the second album by New Jersey-based melodic rock band Prophet. It was also the first Prophet album to feature former Surgin' frontman Russell Arcara on vocals.

Prophet stands in that thin line between AOR and hair metal with similar bands like Giant, Bad English, and Damn Yankees. They have some of the same bombastic energy and hook-heavy sound as the hair metal bands, but also take a polished, melodic, keyboard-laden approach that's fairly radio-friendly. The vocals are something of an acquired taste, but I think Russell Arcara's voice suits Prophet's sound.

I wouldn't call this album essential by any means, but if you're into the late 80's/early 90's melodic rock, AOR and/or hair metal sound, chances are you'll enjoy Cycle of the Moon. If you were a fan of Surgin' or Aldo Nova, this one should be especially appealing.

Edition Notes: Wounded Bird reissued Cycle of the Moon in 2009. It has not been remastered, nor are there any bonus tracks, so if you have the older Atlantic CD release there's no need to replace it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Melodic-Progressive Rock 23 July 2009
By Michael Cosyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The level of musicianship in Prophet was very high... This CD has combinations of both melodic AOR style and progressive rock. The songs are very catchy, I love the 80's vibe of this disc. The singer suits this music very well.

If you like 80's style melodic rock, check this out.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended if you like obscure progressive hard rock. 9 Feb. 2002
By James K. Wayman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this I recognized the name, and definitely the record label. (Knowing this was the alliance that brought Raven, Testament, and later on King's X to public attention.) So I picked it up hoping for another great album.
Unfortunately, this group lacks the intensity of the previously mentioned groups, falling much closer to the territory of Steelheart and Europe. At its most intense it sounds like Fire & Ice-era Yngwie Malmsteen, but with a stronger reliance on keyboards. The majority of the record operates on a pseudo-progressive vibe, sounding like an AOR version of Fates Warning or Dream Theatre. The songwriting is above average with stronger cuts like "Asylum" (which wouldn't sound out of place on later Rush albums), "Hands of Time" (which pinches the heavier riff from Kansas "Carry on My Wayward Son"), and the charging "Red Line Rider" leading the way. Also of note is the instrumental "Hyperspace" which carries on an interesting hard-rock fusion that wouldn't sound out of place on a Gamalon or Ronnie Montrose solo record.
Vocalist Russell Arcara has a versatile voice that recalls Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Bill Mattson (Tangier), and Don Dokken -- ideal for this brand of rock. The performances are competent, but aside from the instrumental, there is nothing here that you haven't heard performed as adequately elsewhere.
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing prog-ish aor rock and roll... 21 Feb. 2012
By fletch71 - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this was available on cd. I had this on cassette back in '88. At the time, the video for the song "Sound Of A Breaking Heart" was being played on MTV. Yes, back when MTV played a variety and not just the top 40 stuff. Lead vocalist Russell Acara sings his ass off on this cd. Over all it's more AOR oriented, less heavy metal. Some of the songs even have some prog-rock elements.This cd release also features a cool cover of Deep Purple's "Hard Lovin' Man" as a bonus track.The top tracks for me are:
"Sound Of A Breaking Heart", "Cycle Of The Moon", and "Can't Hide Love".
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for them is AWESOME and Underrated..!!!!!!!!! 14 Jan. 2014
By Kenneth Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Prophet is probably the most underrated band ever, these guys know how to play, write and put out excellent music. Too many people were worried about their hair to listen to some of the good bands..!!
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