Over the past few years Lawrence Wallace has been a rather busy guy. He has turned his hands to numerous projects including the ferocious black metal group Shadows In The Crypt whose second full-length release ‘Cryptic Communications’ earned plenty of credit from critics and fans alike. Since then he has turned his attention to his solo work, from 2012’s ‘Drop Zone’ release under the moniker of Lawrence’s Creation to soundtracks and individual synth-based efforts.
Recently Lawrence has turned his attention to a new shred-based project named Moonlight Prophecy. This album is not only a must have for all guitar boffins the world over; it also contains some of the finest song writing that I have heard in a fair while.
Devin Townsend may be looking over his shoulder soon as it appears there is a new multi-instrumental metal mastermind on the scene.
Good afternoon. Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. I appreciate that this must be a busy time for you!
Not extremely busy actually, good afternoon.
You sit on the brink of releasing your first studio effort under the new moniker Moonlight Prophecy. How are you feeling now that we are so close to the date? Apprehensive? Excited? A mixture of the both?
I’m pretty excited about it. It feels really good to release something new and hear some feedback finally. It’s been a while.
This release is quite a departure from the style of your previous project Shadows In The Crypt. What prompted the change? Is it liberating to be able to expand your sound more and explore different creative avenues?
There isn’t an extreme difference in my style really, the main difference in sound has to do with the other people in the band “shadows in the crypt”. Our vocalist was very black metal influenced, the area we played shows at had a very big death metal/deathcore scene etc. I appreciate all styles myself but the difference was mainly the influence of other musicians. Yes, I always like experimenting with new ideas. I would like to keep this project sounding somewhat like my instrumental stuff but with more vocals involved when I can.
As a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter you are at liberty to do what ever you want without having to lean on other musicians. Do you choose to work alone because you enjoy having control over the entire creative process? Would you say you are difficult to work with or do you simply have a very clear vision of how you want the music to sound?
I’m very easy to work with musically. I would say that I have a very clear vision for this project. I definitely do enjoy having full control, but it’s also something I have always been use to. I haven’t had many other musicians sharing their input with my music. I only been in one other band where I didn’t write everything, and in that band the other guy wrote everything and just told me where to do guitar solos at. Which was pretty fun.
Whilst listening to the EP the first musician who came to mind had to be the immortal Jeff Loomis as well as former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover. Would you say that they have been an inspiration on your guitar playing? Who else inspires you to write such grand, guitar-based music?
That’s good to hear, I am definitely a Nevermore fan and always liked Jeff Loomis’s playing. I haven’t listened to much Megadeth though. I have influences from people I don’t sound like at all actually which might be kind of weird. For the style that I play though, I would say Michael Angelo Batio, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Rusty Cooley also have been influential to me. Also Alex Skolnick has been a big influence. I get the Jeff Loomis thing a lot from many people though, so I suppose that one is obvious.
What are your future plans with Moonlight Prophecy? Do you have any plans to bring this latest project to the stage? Or will you be heading back in to the studio to cook up some more guitar wizardry?
I’m planning on recording a full length after this. I’ll be starting on that soon. As for the stage, that’s a maybe. Playing live is fun, but I don’t have my mind on that right now, and I’m not sure how I’d do it with no other musicians. I could play to backing tracks as a one man band but not many people respond to that the same way. I may play live at some point though.
Would you be able to give an insight in to your creative process? Is there a specific plan? Or do you just get swept up in the flow and click record?
I usually lay down a drum track, listen to it and imagine the guitar riffs playing to it, and if the drums go in a different direction that the guitars sound like they should be going in my mind, then I will cut/copy and paste to move the drums around into sequences until it forms a full song on the drums. Then I lay down the guitars, bass, and solo sections and then if I want vocals on it, I’ll ask around, or hire someone online who I think would sound good on the track. That’s all really.
Finally, do you any advice that you would like to pass on to any aspiring musicians/songwriters who may be reading this post?
Just keep rocking \m/
Thank you again for taking the time to talk to us at Metal Utopia and we wish you all the best with the release of ‘Eternal Oblivion’!
Awesome, thanks to you to.
‘Eternal Oblivion’ will be self released on the 15th of April. You can hear the track ‘Spellbound’ on Bandcamp or here: