Dave: Another interesting point is the bands image. Not necessarily
the Manowar type thing, but it seems there is statement being made.
Can you explain the whole image thing??
an image, rather than just wearing black t-shirts and pants (like so
many bands these days), is something that also comes very natural
for us. It is more than just music, it should, as we believe, be
interesting for all senses to see and hear us. We are trying to
create a timeless feel over Lost Horizon, and not just being the
standard swords & dragons type of metal band (which there are
hundreds of). The statement being made is to follow the truth, and
not falling for all the corruption and bullshit. It is also a
statement for believing in yourself, and not trusting in such a
tragic lie as fate.
to mention that I chose 'The Awakening' as album of the month a
couple of months ago. Has the album been doing well so
to hear that! As we have heard so far it has been doing really well,
but it is difficult to get an accurate number. We know 20.000 copies
were shipped during the first month.
that particular note, what do you feel it will take for a band of
Lost Horizon calibre to break open in the U.S.?? Do you feel the
scene is getting stronger over here??
difficult for me to say, as I haven't been in the States for seven
years now. But what I think it would take is a healthy tour
state-wide supporting a suitable, well-known (and big) metal band.
That way we would get exposed to larger audiences, and I think that
is just the hard thing these days, to reach out and get people to
know you exist.
has touring been going so far??
hasn't been any real tour yet, only a few (but pretty big) festival
gigs this summer (NTS in Paris, France, Wacken in Germany and
EuroRock in Belgium). But if things roll smoothly we will go out on
a European tour this fall as a support act.
Getting back to the album, I hear some pretty obvious
influences, some that are mentioned earlier. What kind of influences
do you draw from and where does Lost Horizon fit into the big
picture of all things Metal.
influences have their roots in the spirit that reigned during the
eighties. We grew up with all the great metal bands such as Iron
Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio and Manowar (to name a very few). And
striving to evolve this, we would "fit into the big picture" as a
serious classic true metal band, but with a very special and unique
magic in our music. And we have a strong urge to take this several