From southeast Pennsylvania emerges a new shred metal artist called Moonlight Prophecy. Fans describe the project as “dark, eerie shred metal” and sounding like “Nevermore meets Testament”. Lawrence Wallace, the project creator stands out not only for his master lead guitar skills but also for his epic songwriting.
Lawrence has written an enormous library of music and is still pumping out newer and better material all of the time. If you enjoyed Lawrence’s previous music or you just love amazing songs with blistering guitar solos and epic compositions than stay tuned because, with Moonlight Prophecy, the best is yet to come.
Recently I had the chance to chat with Lawrence Wallace, lead guitarist, and mastermind behind the band “Moonlight Prophecy”. Fans of guitar shredders like Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ale Skolnick, and George Lynch should really like his sound and appreciate his exceptional skills. “Moonlight Prophecy” has a great discography of albums, available as “Free” downloads at the following link: https://moonlightprophecy.bandcamp.com Each album is available with a name your price option, which includes $0 for a free download, I would encourage you to try one or two albums for free and then pay what you can, even if it’s just a $1. Even a little bit of money means a lot to artists and bands like this to continue providing great music. Your support for the artists means more than you often know. If you do a free download and love it but don’t have the cash to spare, at least help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram along with telling your friends to check it out. I hope you enjoy my interview with Lawrence as much as I did.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
At this point, there isn’t anything happening much. We just put out an instrumental EP called “Heat Lightning” in July 2019 written and recorded by only myself (Lawrence Wallace) which is mostly to showcase some late 80’s style heavy metal guitar shredding and before that, in March we released a full length. All members have a lot of things going on so we aren’t doing much right now musically, just hoping to share some of what we recently did.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
I started the band as just an instrumental project by myself and used a drum machine, but decided to ask a few friends if they wanted to join, so we changed the name of the band from “Lawrence’s creation” to “moonlight prophecy” . We have been under the moonlight prophecy name since the spring of 2017, but if I include my old instrumental project then I would say somewhere in the late 2000s.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
I just wanted to make music because I feel like that is what my primary hobby is. It has always been what attracted my interest over other things like sports, cars, politics and some other things. Music and art have always been interesting to me because I love hearing/seeing creative things that people have done and doing that myself also. XS ROCK: What is your music background? I started out with Metallica, and popular rock bands from the ’90s that were on the radio, so some of my sounds still have a lot of that in it. Later I got into Yngwie and all the neoclassical shredders. I guess I have mainly a heavy metal background with some blues and classical mixed in.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
By image, I am not sure what that means, but if you mean visual images, I draw sketches sometimes of what I think of when I listen to my own music and I imagine fantasy art, like lightning, dragons, and castles, kind of like the visual themes used for power metal music. I sort of reach for that type of feel with the music and the imagery if I can. XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? Right now I have a lot of personal health-related issues and things r stressful here but not too long ago I planned to just have this as a studio band, and occasionally play locally with just me and one of my friends maybe every other month or so just to meet people, hang out and share our music etc. I still plan to do that soon if things in life pan out in my favor.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
I love both. But if I write and record new songs, it is only worth it if it doesn’t cost me much and a good amount of people hear it and like it. So it is hard to say which.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Various things. We have half instrumentals, half vocals on full-lengths usually but The lyrics haven’t been extremely poetic or deep yet. I did have a few that were written but I haven’t found the right way of putting it together with the right vocalist for them. The ones we have so far have been about things like, not allowing someone to take advantage of you, there is one about getting revenge, another about a car wreck in the woods at night while being surrounded by dangerous predators and stuff like that. Lyrics haven’t been quite the strength in this band though because the main members-only play instruments, unfortunately.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
I guess being able to play the guitar. My health. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. … aside from that though, I guess I would say my previous recordings being heard by as many people as possible and always available to hear on the internet. Because at every point in your life, you never know if or when you will write music again because crazy things happen in this world but you always have the stuff you already did. As long as you took the right steps to keep it yours, and keep it online so people can hear it, it will always be there, even when you are not.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Only one but it was outrageous in a bad way. I don’t have any hatred for any of these guys but this story was messed up nonetheless… A band called infernal opera asked me if I wanted to join their band, I said yes, and we practiced for a show in California. I worked for an airline and got them all tickets for 80% off to go there from Philadelphia PA (across the entire country). I flew on a separate plane, and we played 2 nights in a row while staying at a hotel. The bass player decided to check out of the hotel that he, the other guitarist and I were staying in right before the last show started because he didn’t want to have to wake up early to check out after a long night out. The only reason he did this was that his aunt lived 5 minutes away from there. So I ended up staying out all night at the fucking venue, tired as shit, only to not have anywhere to go, and I got dropped off at the airport at 5 AM to board a plane on standby back to Philadelphia which was about 6 or 7 hours. I got back exhausted, still had shit to do that day. Didn’t hear from the members of infernal opera until about a week later and the drummer who originally asked me to join kicked me out. I’m dead serious. Like I said I don’t like spreading negative things around about people in the music scene but that was some bull shit. … I was credited on their album though, for lead guitar, my picture wasn’t in there, instead, I was in the thanks list as “Larry” hahaha! Shake my damn head.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
I don’t think I received any strange requests but I did piss a guy off once at his house during a party. I was introduced to him by a friend of mine, and he was very nice at first, saying things like “my fridge is your fridge if you want a beer just grab it.” With a smile and all. Later that night after me and my friend showed off our music, some drunk girls were there talking to us. One of them had been avoiding the guy who owned the house all night, claiming that he was trying to get with her but she wasn’t interested, etc. she was very tipsy and she popped out her boobs and asked me to sign them with a marker, so I did. The guy who lived there then got pissed and ignored me the rest of the night. I could tell he didn’t like it. No drama or anything but I guess that good signing was the strangest request only because I was new to those people and after doing that, the guy who lived there didn’t like me as much. haha::shrug::
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Yes all of them are.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Very few people make it big, but there are plenty of opportunities out there to do things with music. Cover bands are the best gigs for most of us who want to be on stage. But regardless of what you choose to do, when it comes to music in general, If you love it just keep doing it. It is very important to do what makes you and others happy in life.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
I haven’t played our stuff live in years actually but I would say probably “bad omen” or “gravity” from the older stuff was fun. There were a few that I never released that I played live also. But those were great and everyone enjoyed it from the reactions I got.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Metallica, because I didn’t know many bands as a young kid and hearing them/ seeing them on stage playing metal music was amazing. When I was a kid and didn’t know how to play, I couldn’t figure out how they could make those instruments sound so awesome. When I first started learning the guitar, I saw them on videos in front of thousands of people and I wished that was me up there.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
I am not sure. Probably a huge act that sounds like us. Maybe Testament, Children of Bodom, or In Flames. It is hard to say because our vocalists have changed a couple of times which also changes the sound but I would go with bands like that.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Getting Logic Pro X. I wouldn’t have anywhere near the amount of music recorded if I didn’t have that.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I don’t know. Probably A game developer or digital artist.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
I have an AXE FX 2, and a crate cabinet, with a crybaby, was pedal, and Jackson dinky guitars with a built-in gain boost on 1 of them, also a Jackson RR guitar also with a gain boost.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
I haven’t been out enough to know actually but I hear it is dead in my area at least. Overall I have been out of the loop for a while so I don’t know.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Probably a lot of things, but a few things are, I still work a regular job 3 days out of the week usually, I am pretty health-conscious aside from drinking heavily from time to time. I have a love for art, especially the very creative, mind-expanding type or visual art, even though I’m not the greatest artist myself. I just enjoy is a lot. Also, I suffer from a few diseases, the causes of them are not known but they see some of them on tests. I have 2 bad knees, a bad shoulder, calcified granulomas on my lungs (which don’t pose too much of a problem luckily), I have to avoid smoke at all costs or my throat muscles will tighten up, some other problems with my internal organs, a spinal cord disease called syringomyelia that is slowly killing my nerves from the middle of my neck down. (There is a surgery that can treat it, but it doesn’t make you better, just can stop progression, but the surgery can also paralyze you so they told me to hold off for now), I have terrible headaches, ocular migraines, and a strange visual/sensation related brain problem that is so hard to describe or explain that I won’t even try. I try to hold my job with all of that and life is hard. But I have my hobbies and friends when I just want to talk etc. I don’t know where life will take me but I guess these things are what they might be surprised about.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Yes, thank you to everyone who has ever sent me any money on band camp and also my spinal cord disease crowdfunding, you helped me out a lot! I would like to also say that on my youtube channel, I post about every other week most of the time, and the new EP “heat lightning” is out for anyone interested. … I also only named it that because I was electrocuted during a storm while I was recording it downstairs in my basement. Haha
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
U2! I enjoyed it a lot \m/
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