How's this for an opening statement - Lost Horizon's
debut disc Awakening the World is the best power metal CD that I
have heard in 2001. I have never been so smitten with a band as I have
with Lost Horizon and for those that find power metal generic and
bland, your saviour is here.
Now, where to start? I must start with
the lyrics. Highlander meets anti-G8 Summit protesters meets
Manowar's 'metal' moments. 'Cheesy'? Quite possibly, but this was
written with a deft mind adding so much skill, variety, charm, and power
that I still find myself clenching my fists in the air. Instead of
listening to a motivational speaker, just listen to this and read the
lyrics. Especially when those lyrics are sung with such reverence, such
honesty, and such passion. Vocalist 'Ethereal Magnanimus' (Daniel Heiman)
is amazing. Think Urban Breed (Tad Morose), Charles Rytkonen
((Morgana) Lefay), and a variety of German 'screamers' and
you get the picture. This man mixes his vocals up - there is nothing
common about his vocal melodies and nothing basic about his range. He's
got it all.
Now to the music. The arrangements on this CD are
nothing short of astounding. Are you sick of repeated, unoriginal, and
standard riffs? It just doesn't happen on this disc. I feel at a loss to
explain it. Awakening the World was created with love and a passion
to change the way we listen at music and to change the way we look at the
world. And it succeeds. Everything about this CD rings professionalism.
And everything about this CD rings POWER! And importantly, in today's day
and age, this is an extremely uplifting, positive, and emotive disc. Apart
from the soft intro and the equally melodious ending, there is literally
no let up inside.
I would like to leave this review with three
final comments. The amazing (computerised) artwork which sets the stage
for the conceptualised lyrics inside - outstanding. The glossy sleeve -
I've never seen (or felt) better. Finally, and not so importantly, get a
new logo - the current one is pants. And I must add, I've never seen the
'credits' for a CD read longer than the lyrics.
ALWAYS, reluctant to say "go and buy a disc". But for this band, for this
CD, I make an exception. Buy it.
- Gary Carson [02/09-01]