Vera : Few months after the release of the – merely instrumental – EP ‘Eternal Oblivion’, Moonlight Prophecy already presents its first full length album, entitled ‘Vanquished’. This happens to be the musical vehicle of the virtuoso American guitarist Lawrence Wallace, but fortunately he adds enough variation in the ten songs to enjoy listening to his shred and arpeggio qualities. The metal songs have thrash and progressive influences and are rarely longer than four minutes, that’s why the whole thing has easy-listening flair and energetic prowess.
The Pennsylvania based musician engaged Mika Mage as bassist and went international for vocals and drums. With vocalist Raphael Gazal and drummer Persou M we also have Brazilian and Norwegian blood in the band. That’s the reason why Moonlight Prophecy remains a studio project. After an atmospheric intro, they cut loose fast and tight with proper cataracts of notes in ‘Escape The Ruins’. Vocals of Gazal are sonorous, powerful and somewhat echoing. Same goes for ‘The End Times’. ‘Spellbound’ happens to be instrumental, but it includes nice accents. The ballad ‘Fading Away’ is calm and sung in a solemn manner. Hacking and furious is ‘Fury M’ in accordance with its title. The introvert instrumental ‘Never Forgotten’ is relished with strings. In the galloping ‘Eternal Oblivion’ guest singer Dustin Hughes does a good job. Next are two instrumental tracks in which we obviously one more time can enjoy the man’s virtuosity to the max. Fine album!