Horisont
Tva Sidor Av Horisonten


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
June 10th, 2012 | 17 replies | 2,259 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Let there be awesome vintage rock.

The story behind the formation of Horisont and the making of their magnificent debut album, titled Tva Sidor Av Horisonten (two sides of the horizon, courtesy of Google Translate) deserves to be narrated, not because there is something extremely intriguing about it, but mostly due to the authentic spontaneity of both processes. The primary form of Horisont comprised of high school mates Pontus (drums) and Magnus (bass) who just couldn’t imagine their lives without jamming at those classic Deep Purple tunes for hours and hours. Soon enough they joined forces with Axel (vocals), Charlie (guitars) and Kristofer (guitars) and recorded two demos from 2005 to 2007. During the recording of their third demo tape in 2009, Peter Carlsson, label manager of Crusher Records, happened to stop by their studio session, listened to the band’s material and offered Horisont a deal for a full-length under the condition that 4 more songs should be added to the already prepared six ones. Horisont looked no farther than their past two demos to pick the requested material and… hocus pocus, let there be awesome vintage rock.

If Tva Sidor Av Horisonten showcases anything, it’s that Horisont are wholeheartedly aware of everything that happened during the ‘70s in the field of vintage rock. Band proves to be fully proficient in excellently blending all available vintage rock styles under a clean and powerful sound production. Guitarists Charlie and Kristofer show unmatched know-how in crafting fantastic melodies and riffs, while the rhythm section of Pontus and Magnus lies on the same level of excellence with iconic bands such as Deep Purple and Grand Funk Railroad. The surprise, though, comes from the high pitched, clean and melodic vocals of Axel, which distinguish the band from its contemporaries. Detailing the ensemble of moods and styles of the record, songs span from galloping heavy rock anthems (“Nightrider”) to boogie rock (“Horisont Boogie”, “Tiggaren”), leading to half-cheerful-half-sorrowful (“Du Röde”) or grittily groovy (“Oh, My Lord”) heavy blues gems. Although Tva Sidor Av Horisonten includes material from three different demo tapes, whereas both English and Swedish lyrics make a balanced appearance within the body of songs, the flow of the record is excellent, favoring repeated listening sessions.

With their debut album, Sweden’s Horisont qualify themselves as an excellent addition to the spree of bands that keep alive the vintage rock vibe in the 21st century. In view of its high quality, Tva Sidor Av Horisonten can be seen as a “best of” of the sound Horisont are ambassadors of, and a fine entrance for those wanting to get into vintage rock, regardless if it’s about critically acclaimed or totally obscure acts.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nightrider:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fELhPgQgDVY


Visa Vägen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qwKM2wR2oA&feature=relmfu


Efter Min Pipa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu5omFmaQuw





Constructive criticism is more than welcome.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



3155 Comments


These guys sound really cool. Each day there's new hard rock or stoner band from Sweden that blows my mind. Great review, pos. If you haven't listened yet, check out Siena Root, again from Sweden.

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DoubtGin
June 10th 2012



6684 Comments


their latest was ok, havent listened to this yet

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ insomniac15

I know Sienna Root only by name, must check them out too.


@ DoubtGin

Good to know, as I want to listen to their new one too some time.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



3155 Comments


They're hard rock mixed a lot with eastern elements up to the point where there are almost authentic Indian songs. For example, the album Different Realities has hard rock and Indian-like songs back to back. For a more straightforward type check out Far From The Sun or A New Day Rising. I really like Siena Root and live they're really cool to watch.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



4334 Comments


These guys sound great. I'll certainly check the out.
Great review, by the way. have a POS.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



7159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. Their new one is good, if a bit uneven. The 1st half is much better than the 2nd. I haven't heard this one though.

'Tva Sidor Av Horisonten' means Two Sides of the Horizon (not pages). Lol at google translate. Don't use it.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good point Greg, I'll correct it.

This one files under "No filler inside" tag, I enjoyed it from start to finish.

I will listen to the new one for sure.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



30291 Comments


First sentence should start with the story....

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



7159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also...

change 'primary form' to 'the primary line-up' and add 'the' before 'band' in para 2.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2012



18167 Comments


Good review. This sounds like something I'd enjoy.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2012



5610 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamie this is right up your alley, I guarantee it.

TheNotrap
June 10th 2012



7811 Comments


Enjoyable reading, have a pos.

Nightrider is fun, might check this out.

CaptainDooRight
June 10th 2012



26270 Comments


Needs spell and grammar check. Other than that excellent review pos.

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scissorlocked
June 10th 2012



3479 Comments


You've been wandering in such vintage territories for quite a time, havent' you Voivod?

review is great

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SteelErectedb4you8er
June 11th 2012



2612 Comments


Good review, Voivod. I am a fan of these guys, and good to see a review on this! And definitely check out Sienna Root, killer shit.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2012



7159 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you're into vintage rock guys, nothing comes close to last year's Gentlemans Pistols LP.



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