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Nearly a decade after it's creation, Blackwater Prophecy stands today as a five piece ensemble with haunting female vocals, and heavy hitting drums, bass, and driving guitars.
“We are at a place now where we are ready. The group was close to achieving goals but it's line up in the past was never collectively ready as it is today,” co-founder and lead singer Syren Franco says of Blackwater Prophecy's recent successes. “Every time we had a line up change in the past Blackwater Prophecy's soul changed and adapted, and you could hear it in the music. Each time it seemed it was also a step forward even if with the bittersweet departures of former members. But now, after finding Derek (bass), Chava (guitar), and I found Jay on drums, things somehow fell into place. We were even joined by Nathan Stairs, an original member while looking for another guitarist and to help us push forward aggressively. The result, for the first time, we have fully dedicated and committed people making this amazing music together. ”
This synergy is brings forth a familiar yet unique sound, standing apart from the usual music in the scene. Not quite hard enough to be metal, and not quite soft enough to be hard rock, Blackwater Prophecy draws crowds as sirens would draw sailors to their songs. This has become evident as they rebuild their fan base playing music festivals and local show cases where concert goers, not knowing what to expect of the group, end up praising the bands uniqueness in the current music scene.
After two previous self produced releases, "Echoes" in 2007 and "The Meridian Hour" in 2012, both available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and a number of other internet outlets, Blackwater Prophecy is working with Dead Sea Records in recording and producing their third album previously to be named "The Journey".
In 2007, the band was on the climb with being featured on MySpace's front page and gaining thousands of followers, filling venues like the Whiskey A Go Go, and releasing their debut album. Shortly thereafter, life grabbed a hold of the members at the time, and the band went into hiatus as members moved out of state, putting a halt on progress. The band as an Entity pushed forward in 2011 with original and new members, leading to the release of their better produced EP "The Meridian Hour", featuring songs "The Dreamer" and "So Damn Beautiful" which have topped the charts on internet stations this year after the band overcame it's final hiatus and became what it is today pushing forward and reclaiming its previous music breathing new essence into it live.
Now with new drive, vision, and dedication, Blackwater Prophecy has had the honor to work with Micheal Black of Dead Sea Records and frontman of metal band Black Oil, helping them on their journey of growth.
“We are in a position where we feel like we are starting all over and yet we have all this experience under our belt though perhaps not as a group, but individually. Some of us have had more experience than others and it helps because it keeps everyone both calm but excited about the new opportunities and experiences. Michael has really helped us begin to map out a good path towards where we need to go, and had helped us tremendously in recent festivals, making sure we optimize our experience,” Syren says. “We were so grateful to have had the opportunity to play Wild Wild Fest thanks to Michael, as well as the after party, where we saw the impact of our music on new listeners. It's always great to see people respond so well, and take to the music. We would not been able to experience that without Michael.”
The group is now preparing to record it's next LP to be released early next year due to its current tour schedule and desire to produce a great album rather than rush through the process. With new songs "Oblivion", "We Are Not Alone", and "Set You Free", it is obvious the message of Blackwater Prophecy has matured, coming from emotional lyrics of personal pain and human experience, to messages of support and interconnectedness bringing a sense of the ethereal into their music. These songs while full of energy as a full ensemble have been said to be soothing acoustically, bringing a very contrasting dynamic to the bands delivery of its art.
With rotation on internet radio as well as various college stations, Blackwater Prophecy is spreading like black dye in water into all avenues looking to seep into the ears of music lovers across the globe.