30 September, 2013

Horisont: Time Warriors – new album



They believe themselves to be ‘Time Warriors’ and they are convinced that fifty years from now they “would still rock the silver socks of any future man, woman or robot”. They think of a time warrior as “someone who digs really good rock'n'roll and fights all the bad music that’s on the air nowadays by coming to a bad ass show, rocking out and buying real music.” They, ladies and gentlemen, are from Sweden, and they are called HORISONT because:

“those with the artistry and soul required to make music that stirs the blood will never stop chasing that distant horizon, and so HORISONT have both the name and the know-how to blow minds and disperse life's oppressive clouds”

Their labels, Metal Blade Records and Rise Above Records know that real rock'n'roll cannot be faked; real rock'n'roll is apparently “the immortal celebration of prized atavistic values - power and volume, sweat and adrenaline, uncompromising good times and the invigorating squall of past, present and future colliding”. And HORISONT, allegedly, embody just that: “they are real rock'n'roll incarnate - an exhilarating blast of sonic euphoria, custom built to raise spirits and quicken the pulse of any right-thinking rock or metal fan”. So, if you still don’t get it, and you would really like to – you can. Just order HORISONT's new record ‘Time Warriors’ which is out now, September 30th, 2013, in Europe here (Rise Above store) and which will be out tomorrow, October 1st, 2013, in North America here (Metal Blade Records), or get it from iTunes:

“When a band is trying to recapture the sounds of the past, it’s easy to fake a lot of things,” [wrote Gregory Heaney, AllMusic] “The one thing you can’t fake, though, is the sense of drama, especially when it comes to prog rock and proto-metal. … HORISONT are a band battling with the flow of time, going backwards in a genre that’s all about pushing its sound into darker and more extreme territories. And while they’re not the first band to attempt this, they certainly seem to be taking it seriously, never making a joke out of the galloping sound that helped to influence generations of metalheads in the U.K. and beyond. In a way, the band feel like Civil War reenactors, giving themselves totally to the past in order to make the experience more real for the people of the present, and it’s that dedication that makes ‘Time Warriors’ an album worth spending some time with.” [More here]


The purveyors of the “New Wave of Swedish Old Mans Rock”, HORISONT, are Axel on vocals, Charles and Kristofer on guitars, Magnus on bass and Pontus on drums. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, they time-travel since 2006. The successor to their 2010 debut album ‘Två Sidor Av Horisonten’ (or “two sides of (the) horizon”), was called ‘Second Assault’ and was issued through Rise Above Records and Metal Blade Records in 2012. Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic, had picked two possible angles to approach HORISONT's sophomore effort (that of “an eclectic collection of songs devised by a band that refuses to be pigeonholed” and that of “[a band] still unsure of what it wants to be”) and had argued that “neither angle can change the fact that most of these songs are both engaging and intriguing in their own right” (more here).

HORISONT features: Axel – vocals, Charles – guitar, Kristofer – guitar, Magnus – bass and Pontus - drums


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