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Horisont – Odyssey


Last Updated on 01:13 PM by Lilliana Tseka

Genre: Hard Rock/ 70’s Metal
Country: Sweden
Label: Rise Above Records
Year: 2015

I don’t intend to make a complicated review by using a complex structure and by making references to the giant artists of 70’ as I let Horisont do that. These guys manage to speak in that musical way, like those who continue the heritage of hard rock- heavy metal scene, 2 decades ago. However, I will ascertain something that seems to exist in the Music Press.  Even if this music is inspired or ruminated by 70’s music genre, it is generally adored by the Press. To the contrary, if the music is inspired or ruminated by 80’s genre, it is taunted by the Press, except Invader of course. I only found a good chance to mention that, as this ascertainment doesn’t have to do with that Swedish band, the quality of which is undeniable.

At first, Horisont, with plenty of trust to their stuff, begin with an epic song which lasts 11 minutes and has the same title as the name of the album. The album opens by choosing the best way: it is full of heavy metal riffs and influenced by bands such as Eloy and Rainbow. “Odyssey” represents the best of that quintet’s sound. In that new cd, there are more prog elements in comparison with the two albums before, which were straightforward hard rock. However, the general style of the band doesn’t change. “Break the limit’, “The Night Stalker”, “Bad News” and “Light my Way” should have been the next hit songs in the metal- rock bars, immediately the next day of the release. To continue with, there is no stress in the way they now write songs. The only new thing they have done is that they are using more prog “gifts”.

The album has no bad or tiring moments and it continues in a high level during the whole time, even if it sometimes stays away from my personal taste (mainly in the parts that their music reminds me of Rush). “Flying’s introduction (a melancholic and inspired creation) uses a Spanish guitar sound, or the last song which is called “Timmarna” (played in their native language) are two examples which are giving my ears more rock sound I can stand. Among the highest times of that work ( which exists only in one list of our editors, thinking that Black Trip is contained easily in the number 3 place of all the same lists) is “Städer Brinner”, burning cities, (again sung in the Swedish language). That song mixes the riffraff style of N.W.O.B.H.M. with the devil riffs. The cover is excellent and it fits definitely to their music, reminding of sci- fi movies and 70’s books. Indispensable.


Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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