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Posted: May 20, 2001
Related: Review: Awakening the World - Interview: Christian 2001 -


" A w a k e n i n g   t h e   W o r l d "

Intro:
Sporting face/body paint, Manowar-esque lyrics and the fury of a ten ton elephant in their top notch Power Metal song writing, Lost Horizon have arrived on the Metal scene with a no holds barred attitude. Rightfully so. Their music is a unique blend of Manowar/Stratovarius/Iced Earth and many other different styles of bands to create their own creative sound. Easily a highlight of 2001, and now, the play by play.

Play by Play:
Winds howl, lightning cracks, distant noises rage, a keyboard backdrop opens and then the scream of a lone Warrior shouting something in regards to "Hey! The Quickening... ." This is the brief opening track called "the Quickening." This leads in to a full Metal assault titled "Heart of Storm." The beginning is reminiscent of a more melodic oriented Judas Priest. It's evident right from the get-go that this is a BAND. The rhythm section of Martin Furangen (bass) and Christian Nyquist (drums) provide a tight foundation for Wojtek Lisicki's (guitar) driving guitar riffs and Daniel Heiman's excellent vocals. Throw in the apparent, yet not overbearing, keyboard accompaniment and that seems to put a nice little cherry on top of this kick ass Metal sundae! I love the range and style of Daniel's voice; mid range, high notes, gang vocals.....so far he has all I desire in a vocalist! The guitar rhythms and the songwriting in general is also right up my alley. Kind of a hybrid of Manowar, Iced Earth and any top breed of Power Metal that's out there. They have an added flare to their music though which I can't quite put my finger on to give you the reason. This track is definitely won me over so far and if the rest of the album is this high a caliber then this will easily become one of my favorite albums of the year. The lyrics remind me of Manowar a lot. "Sworn in the Metal Wind" definitely has an Iced Earth vibe happening as it opens up except with a piercing vocal intro! LOVE IT! This just may top the last song for me already! A hint of Stratovarius is evident, an aggressive version of Stratovarius meets Manowar. Man, I love hearing refreshing new bands like this. They are going to get a lot of crap from some people for their lyrics on this song. It's kind of cheesy, as in Manowar cheese. Example: "Hey man! What is this?! Sounds like wail of a wimp, did you let loser side take command?!" or maybe this line; "If you once tasted treason from a female - leave that! Every warrior has a gash on his sword, don't forget you are metal, not some ass-kissing whore, take some under your wings, but she must kiss the ring!" Hehehe, definitely cool for a chuckle. I can see some Metalheads not looking past the lyrics though and failing to hear the ass kicking Metal that's going on here. These are top notch Power Metal rhythms with this band! I also love the dual guitar riffs in this band. Cool bass line in this song after the second chorus that leads in to a REAL cool change in the guitar line. Lisicki's solo playing is quite catchy. Lisicki seems to write most of the music and lyrics for Lost Horizon which is damn fine with me. I don't care if the lyrics do hit Manowar mode at times, or the fact that their names and face paint "get-ups" aren't the "norm." These guys could dress up as transvestites and come out singing about Mary Poppins for all I care! With music like this, I'll look past that! I recently heard that Lost Horizon added a keyboardist and second guitarist (whether just for touring or for studio as well I don't know) so it should be cool to see these songs come to life as they are on this album instead of the watered down versions of them. Again, I have to comment on Lisicki's solos. He is definitely a shredder when he wants to be but he knows how to slow down and be melodic and solo with passion as well. Makes the music of Lost Horizon all the better. "The Song of Air" is another brief instrumental track clocking in at under 1:00. It's all keyboards and isn't really that amazing, I imagine it's mainly here to provide a transition into "World Through My Fateless Eyes." This tracks cranks back in to the Metal. Double bass and chuck comprise the main verse structure of this song. I am enjoying the production on this album a lot. It's not super polished but it is crystal clear and definitely has a lot of tender loving care put in to it. Daniel's vocals has a clear, unwavering sound to it but he's also able to sing with a great melodic raspy voice as Matthew Barlow from Iced Earth does. Adds a lot to the music. "Perfect Warrior" is more Melodic Metal meets Power Metal. I swear the guitar writing for this band is just plain killer. It has the coolest fills and slight guitar riffs that you wouldn't think would make a rat's ass difference if you heard them played alone, but once they are all in place and you hear it with all the other instruments it adds another level of enjoyment to the listening experience. "Denial of Fate" opens with a guitar/keyboard line. Great contrast. Another thing that really propels this band are the memorable choruses. I'm already adding this album to my top 5 for the year. That's how much I am enjoying this band. For my personal listening tastes, these guys are the total package. Again, I am able to look past the slight cheese factor of some of the lyrics. If I HAD to pick one bad thing about this band, that would be it. I stalled around 3 minutes before writing about this next song. "Welcome Back" has me captivated. It's one of the most melodic, yet, power driven tunes I think I have heard in a long time. Between the music and the singing it's a match made in Heaven. The bass line on this song reminds me of any song from the band Malice on their "License to Kill" album. The bass is actually the instrument that ties this tune together. It seems forever moving around the fretboard but it just plain WORKS. The way all the instruments sync together in this song is perfect. The chorus is one of the highlights from the album for me so far. The change in the music after the chorus is perfect as well. After the second chorus the change still takes place but the singer sings it one step higher. Magic! I love this tune (in case you haven't figured that out yet!). "The Kingdom of My Will" is probably the more progressive track on the album. It almost makes me want to say they have a Euro Metal flare to their Power Metal sound. There's a cool guitar/bass line in this song. The chorus is one of the more melodic ones on the album. There's a lot of music on this tune, which goes on for around nine minutes. Doesn't bother me a bit because like I said, Lisicki's solo writing is best described as being songs within songs. That's one of the highest compliments I can give a guitarist when I say that. This is a great closing track. The chorus is repeated quite a few times within the 9 minutes but it doesn't really come of as getting boring since it's such a cool chorus, thank God! The album ends as it began with another brief closing piece. I can't really call this, or the opening track, an instrumental because there's not really any music happening. More of a sound effects thing. Atmosphere.

Conclusion:
This is a must have album. It's not often Metal this fresh and inspired comes along, so take advantage of it! PERIOD!


For the Love of Metal!

Side Notes: Martin (bass) created Lost Horizon's web site!

After Thoughts: What does this mean? Click!
 

Lost Horizon - Awakening the World
2001

Overall Metal Fist Rating:     10!
(Not compiled from the individual categories below)

Melody: 8.5     Musicianship: 8.75     Songwriting: 9     Production: 9
Heavy: 8.5     Packaging: 10     Lyrics: 7

Website Rating: A+
Everything rules! Great site. Needs some sound samples!

Track Listing

Album Notes

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The Quickening
Heart of Storm
Sworn in the Metal Wind
The Song of Air
World Through My Fateless Eyes
Perfect Warrior
Denial of Fate
Welcome Back
The Kingdom of my Will
The Redintegration

Note:

Hail From: Sweden
Genre: Power Metal

Band:
Vocals - Daniel Heiman
(aka Ethereal Magnanimus)
Guitars/Synthesizers - Wojtek Lisicki
(aka Transcendental Protagonist)
Bass - Martin Furangen
(aka Cosmic Antagonist)
Drums - Christian Nyquist
(aka Preternatural Transmogrifyer)

Produced by: Wojtek Lisicki & Lost Horizon

 

Cover Design by:
Niklas Sundin

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www.oncelosthorizon.com

Also See: Hammerfall

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