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Oracle

Selah Oracle-Selah (independant) 1992

1. "Passage Denied" (5:32)
2. "Harlots Destiny" (4:27)
3. "Witches and Warlocks" (6:04)
4. "The Purging Fire" (3:52)
5. "Desolate Kings" (3:17)
6. "Legion" (6:53)
7. "Rebecca" (1:42)

Excellent old school power metal with some technical thrash leanings and soaring vocals. The closest comparisons I can think of is Agent Steel, Steel Prophet or perhaps Realm. A friend of mine says they remind him of Rapture and Cross two obsure 80's bands. I love this kind of stuff. Wish I would have heard this many years ago. If at all possible, get this version over the M8 re-issue, as the mastering and recording quality is superior. Thanks Olaf, for hooking me up.

Genetic War Oracle-Selah/Emerald-Armed for Battle (Magdalen/M8) 1992/1986

ORACLE - "SELAH"
1. "Passage Denied" (5:32)
2. "Harlots Destiny" (4:27)
3. "Witches and Warlocks" (6:04)
4. "The Purging Fire" (3:52)
5. "Desolate Kings" (3:17)
6. "Legion" (6:53)
7. "Rebecca" (1:42)

EMERALD - "ARMED FOR BATTLE"
8. "Armed for Battle" (4:13)
9. "Teenage Suicide" (7:50)
10. "We Attack" (3:55)
11. "Look to the Stars" (5:07)
12. "Winds Of Doom" (7:00)
13. "Judgement Day" (4:10)
14. Traitor (bonus track from California Metal II) (2:43)
15. Born To Die (bonus track from California Metal II) (4:14)

ORACLE
Excellent old school power metal with some technical thrash leanings and soaring vocals. The closest comparisons I can think of is Agent Steel, Steel Prophet or perhaps Realm. A friend of mine says they remind him of Rapture and Cross two obsure 80's bands. I love this kind of stuff. Wish I would have heard this many years ago. This split cd is a mixed affair however. The following is a direct quote from Shawn Pelata, ex-vocalist of Oracle:
"Although I deeply appreciate M8's interest in and love for Oracle, I must admit I am not very happy with the sound quality and packaging of the Oracle/Emerald split CD. I was not involved after helping make the initial contacts between M8 and the "owner" of the material (the Oracle drummer), so I had no creative say at all. I find the cover art to be very unprofessional looking (not much better than the original cheesy artwork WE had) and the sound quality is several notches down from the original release. I was approached to write the Oracle band bio in the liner notes, which I did. Our bass player, Thomas Mitchell, was incorrectly listed as Thomas Hughes (nobody seems to know how THIS happened), and we are listed as being from Greensboro California when, in reality, we were from Greensboro North Carolina. Like I said, I truly appreciate the efforts of M8 to keep the memory of Oracle alive, but I cannot, in good conscience, stand behind this re-issue due to it's poor quality. I urge all fans of Oracle to try and seek out an original CD before purchasing the M8 re-issue. Thanks to all Oracle fans!"
OK, well guess I am on a quest to find the original cd. Luckily I have friends in high places. Hey METAL GIANT, can you help me out! Of course her can. The disc is on it's way!!! Keep an eye out here for another post of the original cd copy. On a side note, Shawn went on to sing for October 31 for a while and is now in K-Octave.

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