Album: About Time
Label: Century Media
Release Date: 03 Feb, 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
From the whole beloved Swedish retro scene, Horisont over the years that passed seemed to follow always one step back and somehow just to complete the picture. Spiritual Beggars opened a path which substantially walked alone, Witchcraft initially devoted in crafting shady proto-doom and overall Roky Erickson worship opened their pace and prospered. They flourished synthetically and deposited their credentials that they are the somewhat unwilling leaders of this peculiar scene even if they do not play by the rules that the music industry expects them to. Graveyard conquered the audience when they had their break with their dry 70s style while Ghost caught the world under their spell and since then have changed the whole game, their entire status and made us wait with baited breath where they will take to next.
Horisont proved that it was a band that took longer to find their place. They started playing mainly focused in 70s inflenced hard rock and heavy metal- aka Priest Stained Class era , with some additions of NWOBHM. Record after record their ability to craft their material has improved and already from the previous record ” Odyssey ” they showed us that we can expect wonderful things from these likeable Swedes. Prog and Pomp influences found their way into the mixture, the melodies improved and finally the band found their strength, which is none other than the fact they can make you travel in a specific time period succeeding to reproduce both the feeling and the overall aesthetics. Their compass was showing 78-81 and at their best moments they sounded really great. The only problem with Odyssey was that it failed to hold on to the listener’s interest throughout the duration of the album.
This problem is considerably solved in their new effort and to put things in order from the start it should be said that this is a delightful album. Their fifth endeavour is entitled “About Time” and is in fact just that. A time machine. This time, the compass shows 1978-83 and Horisont take a step forward as far song structure goes. On their existing influences they have added a somewhat AOR vein expressed with keys and beautiful choruses. The result is an awesome mixture of UFO, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Blue Oyster Cult, early Scorpions with an AOR background based on keyboards. The album starts strongly with The Hive, an adaptation of a Richard Harris obscure song, whom i frankly have never heard of before, adorned with a beautiful solo. Electrical follows with an addictive, awesome rythm in the classic UFO / Judas Priest style that we are accustomed. Without Warning, and Night Line are beautiful compositions that combine Thin Lizzy with Triumph and some AOR flavours. Letare, wich is sung in their native language however musically charming as it is uses somewhat unattractive vocal lines and is probably the record’s weakest moment in my opinion. Point of Return bears a Kansas breeze while Boston Gold worships the early 80s with a Kiss rhythm, Lizzy melodies and a huge chorus that will paint a reasonably big smile on your face. Hungry Love is just wonderful, here the Scorpions and Blue Oyster Cult color the moment. The torch passes to Dark Sides which keeps the interest high before reaching the title song, About Time which closes the album in the best way. This is the most adventurous composition of the album and certainly my favorite moment. Amazing guitar melodies, vocal harmonies, a change in pace with a climactic finale and a wonderful ambiance that reminds of some unknown song that could have been released by a band in the late 70’s and by pure injustice did not become a classic.
This band’ s magic is that it recalls the best elements from classic bands of the past making the listener feel really nostalgic about a time that he might not even have experiensed. Especially those who are over 35 will find something that will touch them in a beautiful and almost forgotten way. On the advantages of this album one must take into account the fact that, apart from being synthetically and aesthetically on form, Horisont give an excellent performance, combining their influences with harmony and musicality .
With this step Horisont show that they can finally enter the big league and offer us a delightful album. The future for these Swedes looks bright and it was about time my friends… (8)
Axel: Vocals, Keyboards