Moonlight Prophecy – ‘Vanquished’   61 comments

Introducing ‘Vanquished’, Moonlight Prophecy’s debut album, only months after their ‘Eternal Oblivion’ EP was launched. A 10 track album, filled with catchy songs and heavy riffs, ideal for Dragonforce and Nevermore fans.
A thrash power metal band, Moonlight Prophecy was founded in (unbelievably) March 2017, by Lawrence Wallace, as a natural progression from his instrumental riff band, ‘Lawrence’s Creation’, with the aim of producing material with more vocal focus. The other permanent band member playing on ‘Vanquished’ is Mika Mage, Lawrence’s long-time co-performer, from various bands. Session musicians Raphael Gazal, Persou M. and Dustin Hughes all guested on the album. Due to the international geographical distance between members, M.P. is largely a studio band. Though its main aspects are thrash and power, M.P. also incorporates prog, together with a whole raft of other styles. It’s a highly melodic venture, with a large element of speed metal within it.

Abandoned – Introing gradually and eerily, with a fantasy action film soundtrack essence, complete with rain and thunder sound effects, it certainly does an effective job of whetting the appetite for more, injecting intrigue, to open your mind and keep you guessing.

Escape The Ruins – Blasting into life, with a punch machine style drum attack and a blazing riff fest, matching the strength of the power vocals. On it continues, in that same light, treating you to a metallic feast, of total consummate professionalism, from start to finish. Accomplished ground, throughout.

The End Times – A battle force intro, this time, emulating the greats of speed metal vocals, with effortless flow and equal riff magnitude. Again, a smooth, familiar and comforting ride through classic metal terrain. Soulforge fans will be in their element.

Spellbound  – Riffs growing ever more ecstatic and exuberant, the life force is palpable, as it races on, through colourful scales of life affirming soundscapes. Faultlessly performed, with ease of delivery, a great escapist track.

Fading Away – Lovely chords introing, with a new sense of contemplative pathos. An immediate sense of beautiful melancholy permeates it, with complete lyrical and instrumental synchronicity. So precisely harmonised, the brief track length’s of no consequence, as it’s said all it needs to, encapsulating the title, with perfect precision.

Fury M – Slamming into your energy field, with sheer energised, determined will; instant hit material. Summarising its title perfectly, with total conviction, this track’s gonna take them far. Its immediacy, drive and outright imagination, in themselves, make it a standout, unforgettable track. Bound for greatness, with all the right ingredients.

Never Forgotten – A slower, mellower track, returning again, to that unmistakable sense of melancholy, yet deeper, this time and palpably darker. As an instrumental, it’s still very beautiful, in its own way and solemnly, speaks its wordless message. A world of purity’s contained within.

Eternal Oblivion – Slowly, bringing the mood back up again, with thoughtful, life enhancing vibes, well constructed lyrics and intelligent rhythm. A short, but again, concise and meaningfully arranged song.

Witch Hunt – Clear, rapid transition, into uplifting, upward motion, sensual riffs, more instrumental focus, but this time, conveying absolute exhilaration and joyful expressive release. It needs no more.

Omen Under The Stars – Aurally depicting the title’s nature, with effective totality, once more, the instrumental emphasis comes to the fore. Now, bringing in an element of ominous mystique. As with the rest, it may be short, but it’s certainly not lacking or inadequate, in any way. Quite the reverse, as the inherent skill, sensitivity and musical intuition builds the ideal sensory framework, for each section of the track, conveying the truth and sincerity of the passions behind it.

Overall – A real, impacting representation of the influences at play, throughout the album. Demonstrating a very real sense of feeling, on a multi-sensory level, ‘Vanquished’ deserves to succeed. It’s unusual proliferation of pure instrumentals serves it well, further reinforcing the depth of skill and accomplished craftsmanship at work within it. Holding a purity of sound, increasingly rare these days, ‘Vanquished’ is a one-off gem of metallic musicality, warranting your full attention and metal devotion.

9/10 *********

Self released 10th November 2017.

For fans of Soulforge, Dragonforce, Taberah, White Wizzard, Chris Rea.

Posted September 17, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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