Origin: Jacksonville, Florida, USA  
Genres: Power Metal
Last update/review: June 27, 2015


This Floridian band formed in the late eighties as Prodigy, managing to release one album in 1993 following a name switch to Oracle, the album solidly rooted in 80's American power metal in mold of Liege Lord or early Queensryche (the latter due to William Wren's vocal similarity to Geoff Tate). Hardly a popular style of music at the time, particularly in the US (hence the release on a European label), As Darkness Reigns was nevertheless a fine album for the genre and worth seeking out. Brothers Kent and Brent Smedley later continued the project under the name Odyssey before calling it a day, and Brent later joined Iced Earth.

Last Lineup

William Wren

vocals (Mystic-Force)

Kent Smedley


Kevin Reid


Brent Smedley

drums (ex-Demons & Wizards, Iced Earth, Out Of Darkness)


As Darkness Reigns  
1993 Massacre
  1. Prisoner (Of Your Own Soul)
  2. Nightmares
  3. No Faith For The Liar
  4. As Darkness Reigns
  5. Paradise (On The Edge Of The World)
  6. Knights Of The Round Table
  7. The Watcher
  8. Prodigy
  9. In The End
  • William Wren
  • Kent Smedley
  • Kevin Reid
  • Brent Smedley

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