The latest Megadeth talk
up about the "world needing a hero" is a certain fact. I'm not sure
that when there's talk of a "hero" arising to bring the Heavy Metal
movement up from the pit of oblivion, it wasn't written with this
band in mind. Unsurprisingly, Lost Horizon was spawned from
Gothenburg, Sweden and their direction is focused with one goal in
mind -- to become that rising force that calls to arms all the
faithful followers of Metal to unite for the common cause -- Metal
In what turned out to be a broken play of sorts, Lost Horizon
came to be with the foreclosure to what had previously been
Highlander, or a seeming combination of Lost Horizon and Hammerfall.
So built upon the same principles as the preceding, "Awakening the
World" does just what it proclaims, and compared with Hammerfall, as
if there'd be any way around it, the music is much more driven and
determined -- in fact, turbulent comes quickly to mind with the
riveting power-Metal riffs and swirling percussive arrangements.
While Hammerfall maintains the more melodic stance, here the
aggressive elements take the wind right out of the symphonic
sanctity that's otherwise abound in such others as HF. For a debut
recording, the output is nothing short of phenomenal.
Warrior Metal for all seasons, Lost Horizon embodies the best
elements of Manowar, Iron Savior, Hammerfall indeed and inevitably,
but also the majestic feel that lends prominence to much of the work
of Malmsteen -- particularly where the classical influence lay
within the atonality and subject matter both thematically and
While at first glance, the realists who walk among us may be
quick to dismiss Lost Horizon as a Metal parody. A few blazing notes
of "The Quickening," or "Sworn in the Metal Wind" will offer equally
quick deterrents to such an erred scope of thought -- and if they
aren't enough, beware all ye of little mind, "Perfect Warrior" with
one sharp swing of the blade will convince you and to your knees
you'll gladly fall.
In Lost Horizon, you've got four fantasy-driven character actors
adorned in barbaric dress amidst a cloudy backdrop who've set their
sights on bringing the magic and might of the age-old Metal
tradition back to the masses.