Lawrence Wallace is a promising guitar player and composer I discovered years ago with his project called; Moonlight Prophecy. This time, he is shortly to be back with a brand new album, “Unleashed”, and I reviewed a song off this album, Lost At Sea.
Lawrence Wallace is a big potential guitar player, unfortunately, who doesn’t wish to push anything forward. He has what most of us don’t, for instance, technical ability. There aren’t so many guitar players out there who can shred like this. However, I must also mention that it seems to me he is not making any effort in anything else in his career.
I am familiar with Lawrence Wallace’s music, along with his previous project, Moonlight Prophecy for years. I listened to one of his long play albums before, and still remember it to this day. Being familiar with the artist for all these years of course gives you a bit more positive perspective as a fact, and I am positive about Lawrence Wallace’s art as a conclusion.
When I listened to Lost At Sea for the first time, I heard of some influences (mostly established guitar players/composers) that I listened to a lot such as, Joe Satriani, Chuck Schuldiner, John Petrucci, and Yngwie Malmsteen. I grew up listening and watching, learned everything I know about being a guitarist from them. Apparently, these gentlemen not only influenced me but also millions of people including Lawrence Wallace.
First of all, he’s a traditional guy with a traditional sound. I guess he wanted to follow his musical idols in this way, and I respect that. Who would value this beautiful nostalgic music with the spirit of those times, with a modern sound at all? On the other hand, Lawrence has a blend of all these shredders both musically and technically. He is powerful with his skills, an impressive guitarist. Hands down. He formed the structure of this song not too commercial yet not too progressive at the same time, close to what Joe Satriani does. This kind of approach usually has more radio-friendly structures, supported by a powerful cinematic atmosphere. In Lost At Sea, there’s definitely a similarity, and I was glad to hear that. A feeling which immediately takes you to the 90s, beautiful times.
Furthermore, Lost At Sea has much more technicality and shredding than melodic guitar players in the influentials list. This song has incredible energy from the beginning to the end, the overall sound has origins from Chuck Schuldiner’s, DEATH. I am a die-hard Death fan myself, so, that’s another score.