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Artist    Lost Horizon
Album   Awakening The World
Label      Koch Records
Reviewed on  8/16/2001 by Marko
Style Metal Score  81
   
   
This fell into my mailbox one day, billed as the ultimate return of power metal. I see so many discs in my mailbox that claim to be the "second coming", that after a while - you get jaded. Everyone has the "greatest vocalist in the world" and "chops that will rip your ears off your head." Many bands have great vocalists. Many bands have amazing guitarists. Many bands have great drummers. Finding a band with all three elements in sync with one another, and truly being what they claim - that's another story. Lost Horizon come fairly close.

The guitarist is amazing, and the drumplaying flawless. The production is a bit flatter than I tend to like, but most power-metal is that way in my ears. There's not much bass involved, and the vocalist sings in a register two octaves above my tastes. Lost Horizon's vocalist, while being suitable for this style, does something a little different. Most of his vocals are in the mid-register, and for someone like me - that's a plus. By the time you've listened to this album, the music will have fatigued you thoroughly, or you haven't been "tapping your feet." This is pure adrenelin, any way you slice it. If you can forgive the almost "too frequent" soloing/musical interludes, you will enjoy this album.

As a rule, power metal isn't my "cup", but this is a very listenable album, and if you need something to "wake you up" on the way to work - this will do it, in fine fashion.
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