Not very often that we see a new band
release such a charismatic album with great power and amazing
assurance. Swedish band Lost Horizon is one of those band who
can create a big buzz with their very first offering.
Everything that concern Lost Horizon is part of a concept
(Lyrics, make-up, music...). Welcome to the World of Lost
Horizon who seems to be the new whooping couch of Power
Interview with Martin Furängen (bass player)
of Lost Horizon
Hello Martin! Are you proud so far with
the response/critics of your album "Awakening The World"?
Hello Danko! Well, yes we are proud, and we
are very pleased with how it all came out. We are actually
quite overwhelmed with the response we have been receiving
from all around the World, and also, more unexpectedly, from
the U.S. as we did not think this kind of music had any future
there. It seems we were wrong...
Some Press/media & radio host are
calling your band "The new Power metal sensation". How does it
feel to be recognized like this? Are you considering your band
like the new power metal sensation?
Hmm, how do I reply to this... The fact that
they do talk about us in this manner is obviously very
flattering and it feels really great. And we definitely do
consider us being different from the mainstream of new metal
that keeps pouring out! I'll leave it up to the audience to
decide whether it is sensational...
What is your recipe to create such good
melodic & catchy songs?
Wojtek Lisicki - a phenomenal songwriter and
arranger! It is actually that simple, all this comes so
natural for him. The rest is only hard work in making
Ok now let' s talk about what's seems to
be very important for you guys...What's the whole concept
behind Lost Horizon?
Well, we want to be more than just another
metal-band. We want to actually say something with what we do,
and in everything we do - music, lyrics, artwork, appearance -
everything. To make a change.
Why are you using "nickname" but also let
us know what your real name are? Can you tell me what is the
meaning of each members "personnage" name?
Firstly, they are not nicknames; they are
titles to describe our personalities in a more spiritual way.
Not stage-names! If you haven't got any listing of our actual
names, here they are: Wojtek Lisicki - guitar, Christian
Nyqvist - drums, Martin Furangen - bass, Daniel Heiman -
vocals, Attila Publik - keyboards and Fredrik Olsson - guitar.
My title, Cosmic Antagonist, to me it means in short that I am
constantly questioning, opposing and seeking the answer to
things (antagonist) and on a large scale (cosmic), meaning
everything from everyday issues, to the World order, to the
origin of Universe. I would not want to explain my band mates'
titles, so I'll leave it for them to do at another time.
Some elements of the song "Perfect
Warrior" remind me of an old Crimson Glory song back in 1988.
Are your influence in any way by this band, using yourself
fashion, style & makeup. Are you influenced by bands like
Stratovarius & Rhapsody?
I would have to say no to all of the above!
Any similarities with elements of "Perfect Warrior" to any
Crimson Glory (great band btw!) songs are coincidental. Our
use of costumes and paintings are purely and only a way for us
to further enhance the way we deliver our personalities to the
World. Some people feel good wearing jewelry, we feel good
being bare-chested and wearing war painting art. Rhapsody,
Stratovarius or any other "modern power metal" is not
influencing at all for us. Personally, it is not really my
kind of metal. And I would say that we are more towards
classic eighties heavy metal, with the type of spirit you find
in American metal like Riot and Manowar.
How does it feel for a young band like
yours to already take part in a Festival as important as
Wacken Open Air in Germany?
It feels quite natural actually... Even
though we are new to the scene, we are not new in metal. This
is something we have been living with for a very long time, so
we are already used to the thought. But of course, it feels
really great to be playing at places like the WOA, and we are
truly looking forward to it!
What are your thoughts about the metal
scene in general and also the Power/progressive metal scene
The fact that metal in general is growing
again, and quite a lot too, is of course great! One minus
would be maybe, that regarding power metal there has been a
slight overfeeding to the market, due to it being some sort of
trend for many European labels (not MFN though...). This
results in too many albums with poor quality and weak material
is being released, which might be discouraging to the true
Are you worried about what could be
happening to this planet in the future? Do you really think
that you can influence a lot of people with the message in
your songs and even change something or the mentality of young
people listening to your music?
It is interesting that you have taken notice
of our message! Yes, I'm concerned of what is happening to
society, to the World and to the planet. The main theme in our
lyrics on this album is to find the way back in life, and with
the music to deliver a giant portion of positive energy - all
to find the strength again. I absolutely think we can
influence people with both our music and our lyrics! It is all
about wanting to make a change, and if you want something bad
enough there is no limit in what you can achieve. There is no
fate. Only the power of will.
To close this interview, are you confident
to be part of the metal scene for a few years & and in
that venue what can we expect from Lost Horizon in the near
We are very confident, and I think we will be
part of the metal scene for more than a few years! In the near
future we will be playing live as much as possible, and there
will most likely be a European tour this fall as support.
Whether there will be a U.S. tour shortly I don't know yet,
but I would really hope so. Furthermore we plan to start
recording the second album in early next year and hopefully
release it in the fall of 2002.