Lost Horizon
A Flame To The Ground Beneath


5.0
classic

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
July 11th, 2012 | 32 replies | 2,234 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Best Power Metal Album of All Time. For this reviewer it is the Best Album of All Time.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Have you ever heard an album so perfect that even its minuscule faults are better than most bands best work? I had been struggling to find such an album for quite some time. However a moment that can be considered more of “duh” than “eureka!!” finally occurred. While artists like Nightwish, Edge of Sanity, Mono, Yndi Halda, and Antonio Vivaldi have made albums and works so breathtakingly inspiring and memorable, none have come close to A Flame To The Ground Beneath by Swedish power metallers Lost Horizon. While they are essentially non existent at this moment, the music that they created from 2001-2003 is arguably the best I have ever heard. This album takes everything from 2001s Awakening the World and adds a level of greatness not heard before or since for this reviewer.

My original review of this album was pretty subpar for what should be required to write of an album of this caliber. Most of that review focused only on one man, Daniel Heiman, and gushed too much about him instead of talking about the entire work. While Heiman’s vocals will be covered, the rest of the band really does shine in a way that most people have not recognized. Attila Pubik is the band’s keyboardist and he does a phenomenal job in the role he performs on this album. While there are no traditional keyboard solos on the record, Pubik is the ethereal atmosphere that the album portrays. His synthesizer lines in “Cry of a Restless Soul,” “Lost in the Depths of Me,” and “Think Not Forever” give the album an extra layer and emotional touch that would not have been present without it.

The “rhythm” section of this album consists of the drummer, bassist, and both guitarists: Christian Nyquist, Martin Furängen, Fredrik Olsson, and Wojtek Lisicki respectively. The tight performances they perform on the six songs are just as remarkable as the vocals. Every guitar riff/solo, drum fill, and bass line is meticulously placed to create the best sound possible for a power metal album. Credit has to be given Furängen though. While Olsson and Lisicki are great guitarists and Nyquist gives fantastic performances like “Cry of a Restless Soul,” Furängen’s bass is stunning. Out of the almost 100 power metal albums I have heard over the past six years, none have had the bass stand out as much as this one. Besides the vocals, Furängen’s contribution to this record is the best thing about the band.

But, of course, the vocals are easily the best thing about the album and band. Daniel Heiman’s voice is unlike any I have heard in any genre. His ability to effortlessly shift the tone of his voice from high to low is nothing but outstanding, and his high notes are among the best in the world. Every song on this album has at least one “whoa” moment that makes the listener question how the man even does it. “Pure,” “Cry of a Restless Soul,” and “Highlander (The One)” go beyond that notion and are filled with those moments. Aside from the ridiculously high notes that Daniel wails during the album, his actual singing voice is amazing as well. Listen to “Highlander (The One)” and get ready to be blown away by twelve minutes of some of the best singing anyone has ever done.

There is no denying it, A Flame To The Ground Beneath is the best album anyone has ever made in the history of music. While this is a bold claim, no one should expect any less from this power metal aficionado. For close to eight years I have really delved deep into the heart of music and attempted to find the “perfect” album. In reality, this is the only one that has had the opportunity to reach perfection. From the powerful crunch of the guitars, the atmospheric keys, the heart pounding drums, and the riveting bass, this album already had a chance to succeed. Add a vocalist that seems truly ethereal and the album has the recipe for perfection. What really creates those aspects and makes this album the only perfect album is the level of organization, placement, and overall writing of the songs. Yes there are three interludes that seem unnecessary and yes there are only six true songs. However those six songs and three interludes are perfect for each other. As someone who has adored the genre of power metal for seven years and wants people to listen to what the best of the genre has to offer, listen to this album. If you have never enjoyed the genre and find it cheesy/horrible, listen to this album. If I want to listen to the best that music has to offer, I am going to listen to this album.



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Poet
July 11th 2012



5927 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Felt like I had to rewrite this because quite frankly, my last review sucked. This was an attempt for me to not go too "fanboyish" because this truly is the best album I have ever heard.

Hayzte
July 11th 2012



81 Comments


I prefer "Awakening the World", but still, 'Pure', 'Cry of a Restless Soul' and 'Highlander' are killer tracks. Good review, although it oozes out fanboy.

FictionalFlames
July 11th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why don't you make your reviews more poetic?

Yazz_Flute
July 11th 2012



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awakening The World is better though c'mon man.

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CaptainDooRight
July 11th 2012



28864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa hold on time out, time out. I just listened to a track and did I just hear the best power metal song I've ever heard? No wait I don't even really like power metal, but this? Wow better than blind guardian, better than what? The vocals are perfect and not overdone and the music actually tells a story rather than random wank. I must continue listening and get this asap. I don't even care what your review says. I'm posing you anyways and reading it later.

CaptainDooRight
July 11th 2012



28864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How have I never heard of these guys. KJ get in here. Crysis get in here.

scissorlocked
July 11th 2012



3509 Comments


the best power metal album is Land of the Free bro

Tyrael
July 11th 2012



20829 Comments


good to see you back man

The Black Halo will forever be my fav power metal album tho

jopower
July 11th 2012



105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. This album is great, but I like Awakening the World more than this.

Antonius
July 11th 2012



223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very nice album and i can understand your enthusiasm because I have felt like this for an album before as well. However I cannot support your view that this is the best of all time. It is surely an exeptional work but not THE best. Nice review though. Have a pos

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Lunarfall
July 11th 2012



3179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I personally think this is better than Awakening of the World. More polished and it seems to flow better

Yazz_Flute
July 11th 2012



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I mean yeah this rules but Awakening the World is just much more fun to listen to in my opinion. Sworn In the Metal Wind has the best lyrics ever.

KjSwantko
July 11th 2012



9277 Comments


I haven't heard this one yet but Awakening the World was really solid so surely this is too. Gonna check it out.

Radicality
July 25th 2012



35 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

When I first listened to this, I preferred Awakening the World.

But now I realize that this is just so much better. Grander, more ambitious, more epic, and without getting bogged down. The songs are a lot more complex and interesting. Not to mention

WOAH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OH-OHHHH-OH-OH-OHHHHHHAAAHHHH x4

So good. This might be my favorite power metal album as well.

CaptainDooRight
July 25th 2012



28864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is sooo tits

breakingthefragile
December 1st 2012



2955 Comments


WOAH-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAA-HA-AH-AH-AH
WHOA-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAA-HA-AH-AH-AH
WHOA-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAA-HA-AH-HAAAH
WHOA-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAA-HA-AH-AH-AH
WHOA-OH-OH-AH-AH-AH-AAAA
WHOAAAA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EfhAFA2yFE

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Keyblade
December 1st 2012



14721 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cap'n i am deeply saddened by your raiting

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breakingthefragile
December 1st 2012



2955 Comments


Then you're gonna be REALLY saddened by mine lol.

Keyblade
December 1st 2012



14721 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

below a 4???? unthinkable

breakingthefragile
December 1st 2012



2955 Comments


I don't even know if I'm gonna rate it, I'm speechless. I'm sorry, but this is the most hilariously overblown thing I have ever heard in my life, holy shit, I'm in fucking tears.



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