1986 - Demo
Information Ill Prophecy demo
I know, it was not officially relased... it should be in "Bootlegs section" but... come on! it's a classic!
Demo was recorded in a little studio in Barmbek (Hamburg).
Ill Prophecy demo Remastered
There is a new version of the Ill Prophecy demo tape, a remastered edition. The sound is clearer and it's a good upgrade mainly for the voice. It sounds a 15-20% better than the original tape. This remaster was done by Mr. Dingle. Here is a statement from the creator:
"I corrected stereo picture, removed a bit junk frequencies and lil equing. Just a small fixing. The tape sounded a lot worn out so basically i just wanted to make it "cooler" for ears."
The Story Behind Ill Prophecy
The first band of Michael Kiske was Breeze. In that band Karsten Nagel played the guitar and they had a drummer who started to bother so the drummer left, Karsten took his place on the drums. They also decided to change the band name to Ill Prophecy and they start to search other members for this band.
Michael Kiske decided to form a band with his school friend Karsten Nagel, he has 16 years old. Since they really loved in that moment Iron Maiden and Queensryche they tried to maket a sound like those bands. So Michael made an advertisement in a small music newspaper in Hamburg, called Oxmox to find more musicians to complete the band. The guitarist Raico Ebel was the first to answer to that request and he went to Kiske house in Mümmelmansberg. After this meeting the three Prophecy's met the other members; Patric Hampe (bassist) and Ulrich Schulz (guitarist) at Mümmelmansberg school. The school headmaster allowed us to rehearse there, it only costs one symbolic penny, if they would play in the ceremony of graduation. So, Ill Prophecy played in the graduation, the show was a resounding success, even they only played four songs.
Before starting to play live, they wanted to record a demo. They did in a little studio in Barmbek (Hamburg). It was not so good but not too expensive. They recorded and mixed the demo in two days. That demo contains five songs written by Kiske: 'A Little Time', 'You Always Walk Alone', 'Heroes', 'Riding The Wind' and 'The Way Of Life'. He wrote that songs when he was searching members of the band that's why he was the main composer, but when Ulrich "Uli" Schulz, the lead guitarist, joined in the band they started to compose more songs together. In that moment Michael wrote another classic 'We Got The Right'.
Curiosities about Ill Prophecy
- Why the name Ill Prophecy?
Kiske: "It’s a funny name, isn’t it? This was my school band and we played Heavy Metal! We were angry kids!"
- Did you know Ill Prophecy was the second name of the band?
The first name was Breeze. In that band Karsten Nagel played the guitar and they had a drummer who started to bother so the drummer left, Karsten took his place on the drums. They also decided to change the band name to Ill Prophecy. You can find more information about this in the blog I wrote titled: "Breeze was the first one!"
- What about the artwork?
It's funny because the cassete demo had not cover. In 2003 I did it for the old site 'Where Wishes Fly', I was adding covers in discography section so I used the background of Aina project front cover with the font "Monotype Corsiva" to make a simply image for better looking at discography section. It's funny that one year later, that "cover" was spread for the whole internet.