Mystic Prophecy
Monuments Uncovered

1. You Keep Me Hangin' On (Kim Wilde/The Supremes Cover)
2. Hot Stuff (Donna Summer Cover)
3. Shadow On The Wall (Mike Oldfield Cover)
4. Are You Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravitz Cover)
5. I'm Still Standing (Elton John Cover)
6. Because The Night (Patti Smith Cover)
7. Space Lord (Monster Magnet Cover)
8. Get It On (T.Rex Cover)
9. Tokyo (Tokyo Cover)
10. Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival Cover)
11. The Stroke (Billy Squier Cover) [Digipak Bonus Track]

R.D. Liapakis - Vocals
Markus Pohl - Guitars
Evan K. - Guitars
Joey Roxx - Bass
Hanno Kerstan - Drums

2002: Vengeance
2003: Regressus
2004: Neverending
2006: Savage Souls
2007: Satanic Curses
2009: Fireangel
2011: Ravenlord
2013: Killhammer

2016. War Brigade


Produced by R.D. Liapakis & Mystic Prophecy at the Prophecy Studios in Hegge/Kempten, Germany
Mixed & mastered by Henrik Udd at Udd Recording Studios in Västra Frölunda, Sweden
Cover artwork by Dušan Marković

Released 2018-01-12
Reviewed 2018-01-02



Since 2016 Mystic Prophecy has been doing some face-lifting. During 2017 they face-lifted their first three albums and while this year sees them releasing their tenth studio album it still is an album of face-lifted songs from the past. This time they make some covers of old vinyl hits, fitting that they do issue a vinyl version of this album as well. Good-looking cover and a tempting purchase because who can resist hits like Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff and other great pop songs in a Mystic Prophesised way? I know I can’t.

This album gives us Mystic Prophesised versions of hit songs from the past, and I think the band has given their own spin of the songs we hear through the album. It is modern and powerfully produced heavy/power metal with RD Lipakis’ characteristic and good voice giving us the lyrics written by all those artists and song writers long ago. And that several different persons composed the songs for different bands/artists gives the album plenty of variety, some might even call it slightly incoherent. That can also give the impression that the band is just releasing things like this to keep interest up around them until they can finish a “proper” new album, I guess that will happen towards the end of this year or possibly early next year.

But until we get a new album we can always enjoy this one and that isn’t a bad thing considering that it is a rather enjoyable album, sure it has some weaknesses mainly the Kravitz-cover and the Oldfield cover that is way too repetitive. But there are highlights as well, like the previously mentioned Hot Stuff, the Elton John Cover I’m Still Standing and Because the Night are all excellent songs that makes me want to play it again. So it is a bit up and down this album and as a reviewer I have to point out that it may lack the overall quality to receive one of our sexier ratings. However, I am sure that the fans of Mystic Prophecy will find this album very appealing, that much is certain.

Is it an album to get then? If you like Mystic Prophecy the answer has to be yes, and the same answer if you like a majority of the songs because Mystic Prophecy manages to keep the original spirit of the songs while still turning them into their own tunes. I guess that for a wider audience it might not have the appeal that makes an album worth buying, but I like it and I will buy it because I am a fan of the band and if you are as well I recommend that you do the same.




Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands:
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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