Christian "Preternatural Transmogrifyer" Nyquist of Lost
Horizon talks about "Awakening The Word"...
— by Wes Royer, the Editor
When you are getting ready
to talk to a guy who calls himself Preternatural Transmogrifyer on
stage, and who's album is so over–the–top musically and
spiritually, you would expect the interview to turn into a
role–playing game about metal music verses the world. Well, I was
wrong. Christian Nyquist, drummer for the incredible new band Lost
Horizon, is more down to earth than casual fans of the band might
expect. And his heart must be sculpted from the strongest metal
ore because his passion, and the band's, for reviving true metal
music is unbreakable. Here is a quick e–mail interview with a man
and his band that want to remind the world that there is more to
hard music than just the music or the
was your debut concert at the "NTS Festival"? Did you walk away
knowing that you had made a solid impression on the
Christian: The concert was a
blast! Musically, it wasn't perfect but the audience went berserk
after the first note. I have never seen such enthusiasm in an
Wes: I read
that Lost Horizon formed out of an older band called Highlander
and some of Lost Horizon have connections with members of
HammerFall. How do you see yourselves different from those two
Christian: Between Lost Horizon
and Highlander, there is no difference at all. It is the same band
with the same material and members. We actually had to changed our
name to Lost Horizon when the recording of the album was over. The
reason being another German band called Highlander who already
released several albums. The difference between Hammerfall and
Lost Horizon is so obvious, I won't even comment on it. Musically,
the only thing we have in common is that we used to play together
in Highlander (early Lost Horizon), years ago.
is everybody in the band from? Everybody from Sweden?
Christian: We all grew up in
Sweden, but Wojtek is from Poland, originally. And Attila Publik,
the new keyboard player, has his roots in Hungary. The rest of us
are from Sweden.
did vocalist Daniel "Ethereal Magnanimus" Heiman meet up with the
rest of the band? And was he in any previous recording
Christian: Our paths have
crossed several times during history. Me and Daniel went to the
same gymnasium without knowing each other. And I remember watching
him and Fredrik Olsson, the new guitarist, performing live almost
ten years ago and I remember thinking they were the best musicians
I have seen in the Gothenburg area. During the 1990s, Martin and
Wojtek has been talking about a singer they heard at a party. When
the time came to record a demo we contacted him, Daniel, and he
agreed to perform on this production, although he was a member of
a Swedish band called Conviction. Finally, he signed the contract
and the rest is yet to be beheld. Daniel never participated on any
recording acts with Conviction.
Wes: I saw
the announcement on the band's website that you have brought on
two new members: Attila Publik on keyboards and guitarist Fredrik
Olsson guitars. Are these strictly touring members, or are they in
it for the long haul?
Christian: As for now, they
haven't signed anything. But the thought is that they are going to
become permanent members before we start recording the next
stage names, the story, the message, the album's art work, and of
course the music; all of it is far beyond what most metal bands do
with an album, especially a debut release. What was the overall
goal of this album, or the personal goals of each
Christian: Somewhere down the line, the
total metal experience was lost, like so many other true things in
our world. We want to bring back that metal spirit that includes
so much more than just the music. It is a way of life!
you explain to our readers (and hopefully, your new fans) what the
story and/or message of your album is?
Christian: To reach within
yourself and find your true powers and learn how to use them. To
show people that the frustration and negative experiences they
have is shared by many, many others and how you can turn them into
your advantage by breaking out of the spiritual prison created by
the misery that surrounds us.
were your inspirations, whether musical or not, for the theatrical
approach to "Awakening The Word"?
Christian: It is just a way for
us to express ourselves on different levels, to incorporate our
personalities in the artistic concept of Lost Horizon. Lost
Horizon is not just a band; it is an enterprise of art on
multiple levels, beyond the music.
Wes: Besides Music For Nations
(and Koch Records), what other labels showed interest in signing
Lost Horizon? Are you surprised that your debut album will be
seeing such great distribution by a big name like Koch
Christian: We got some
responses from different labels, but none of them showed
themselves worthy enough to become part of the "Metal Salvation."
No names mentioned! The surprise about Koch's distribution is that
we didn't see any future in the American metal scene. We were told
that metal, except for semi–metal hybrids like Limp Bizkit and
Slip Knot and such, was a pretty much a closed chapter for you
guys over there. We are very pleased that we were wrong. Once
again, it is proved that you shouldn't believe everything you
was it about Music For Nations that made Lost Horizon sign with
Christian: They immediately
recognized our potential and saw that we were something quite
different from the ordinary European power–metal cliché,
mainstream crap. Besides this, they didn't have any other bands
with a sound similar to ours, which insured us that we would get
the attention and support we needed to conquer the world.
was it about Lost Horizon that you think interested Music For
Christian: Our confidence,
musically and intellectually. The force and power in our
type of music or what bands do you all currently listen to, as
Christian: I cannot specify any
particular bands our music styles since we all listen to any form
of music we find magical. If you want specifics, you can always
read our thanks lists in the CD–booklet or on our website.
Unfortunately, I personally haven't had that much time to explore
new bands and music styles in the last couple years, but lately it
is been a lot of progressive music of different kinds.
Wes: One of
the "threats" of this new millennium is that MP3s and digital
music swapping will hurt the music industry and ultimately leave
musicians with little incentive to continue producing new music.
What is Lost Horizon's opinion on MP3s: good publicity for a new
band or new album, or a true threat to your careers?
Christian: This kind of
speculations are ridiculous when it comes to metal. The MP3
publicity is only positive. True metal fans knows that there is
more to it than the music itself. Once you hear a great song, or a
full album for that matter, in MP3 format, you go directly to the
store to get the whole package with lyrics, pictures, the message,
thanks lists, recording process, and so on. If not, you are not a
true metal fan anyway, so the career isn't effected anyhow.
there anything else you would like to add about the band, the
album, the metal scene, the EU, etc.?
Christian: Don't even get me
started on the state of the metal scene today compared to the
golden years during the 1980s. Luckily, the once lost horizon is
found and we are the ones bringing it back together with the few
true metal bands that are left. The time is now! Be sure to check
out our website, OnceLostHorizon.com, to follow the path of the
Wes: Incredible album. Thanks for
Christian: Thanks Wes. I hope
to see you when we come over there to unleash our powers!
you to Chipster PR for arranging this interview.