|Review: Lawrence's Creation - Drop Zone|
Label: Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Year released: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 20, 2016
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Normally, I am not into shred recordings, as they are often nothing more than poor compositions used as a backdrop for masturbatory soloing. That is not the case here, and this stands as a genuine example of progressive instrumental songwriting. The difference is that the songs actually hold up as songs, and rather than deedle away as if ignoring them, main instigator Lawrence Wallace plays parts that compliment the overall structure and carry the melodic lead as a singer would do, adding strength and cohesiveness to what are already solid pieces of work. This also avoids another shred trap by having a unified sound and approach, with a definite style, rather than the more usual soloist approach of "now a classical part, now a jazz song, now a Spanish part" – treating the whole thing like a school exercise. Wallace instead opts for a distinct sound and creates a real mood with this album. Overall, a fine work for those who like instrumental metal music.
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