Lost Horizon
A Flame To The Ground Beneath


4.5
superb

Review

by Jason Hellmuth USER (19 Reviews)
March 13th, 2006 | 47 replies | 13,364 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Lost Horizon could be described in one word: Astronomical. I choose this word not because I like applying hyperbole, but because they closely fit into the word.

Firstly, they possess a massive magnitude of musical ability that is a pleasure to listen to. And secondly, if we are to believe the band themselves, they are not of this world.

The former is easy to accept when you listen to their work. The latter is something you'll have to trust me on.

These self proclaimed saviours of metal have poured the kind of effort and detail into their albums that a PhD graduates thesis would envy. From the music to the album jacket to their on and offstage personas, these gallant warriors of metal have embraced their philosophy; personal strength through truth and metal.

Upon joining the band, each member takes on their 'true form'. At the time of this album's release, Lost Horizon was six in number. I'll quote the album jacket verbatim to give you a glimpse of the attitude of the spiritual ones.

Transcendental Protagonist - Poetry of Spiritual Enlightenment/Strings Romanticism
Translation for Mortals - Guitars
Earthshape - Wojtek Lisicki

Cosmic Antagonist - Orchestrating of Thunder & Seismic Harmonising
Translation for Mortals - Bass
Earthshape - Martin Furangen

Preternatural Transmogrifier - Keeper Of The Universe/Pulse and Taming Of Chaos
Translation for Mortals - Drums
Earthshape - Christian Nyqvist

Perspicacious Protector - Soulhealing Euphoria Generators
Translation for Mortals - Keyboards and Synths
Earthshape - Attila Publik

Ethereal Magnanimus - Laments of the Souls, and Primal Warrior Screams
Translation for Mortals - Vocals and Screams
Earthshape - Daniel Heiman

Equilibrium Epicurius - String Romanticism
Translation for Mortals - Guitars
Earthshape - Fredrik Olsson

At this point, you've either run screaming from the room (in mirth or in terror), or you're salivating over you keyboard at the mere thought of how awesome this all sounds.

The latter are the ones who will definitely enjoy this album. The former may or may not, depending on where their tastes lie. Make no bones about it, this is plain and true power metal, played with verve and speed. Three instrumentals dot the landscape (Pure, The Song Of Earth and Deliverance) at the beginning, middle and end respectively, and the rest of the album could be almost considered as a journey of spiritual enlightenment.

A Flame To The Ground Beneath differs from its predecessor, Awakening The Worlds in a number of ways. Some of the aggression displayed by the band has been replaced by a more focussed drive for compassion. Also, the pure crunch has been tempered by a more melodic feel, with a larger emphasis on keyboards than before. However, this is not to suggest that A Flame To The Ground Beneath is in anyway lacking. It possesses a greater sincerity than the band's debut album, and as such speaks to the listener in a more persuasive way.

And the album still retains the heart of Lost Horizon. The epic track Highlander (The One) is like Braveheart without the annoying acting. Carefully orchestrated harmonies give way to crunching guitar solos, which blend with drums and bass to create symphonies on a grand scale.

Pulse pounding power metal anthems like Lost In The Depths Of Me and Think Not Forever deliver a self-help message that will make you feel like a king. And once again, Lost Horizon provide us with the tools to understanding truth and wisdom, through the songs Pure, Again Will The Fire Burn and Cry Of A Restless Soul.

Many people will tell you that without emotion, speed doesn't matter. Just as many will say that without speed, emotion is useless. Luckily there is something here to please both sides of the fence, and that is where this album really excels. It is power metal without the dragons, progressive metal without the wankery. And it's a brilliant listen.

Steerpike of R&M fame once said that, "Metallica will make you feel angry, but Lost Horizon will make you feel like a god." And that probably sums it up better than I could. So give this album a listen, and get in touch with the divinity in all of us.



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any14doomsday
March 13th 2006



678 Comments


This sounds pretty awesome, im gonna have to check it out.

Shattered_Future
March 13th 2006



1539 Comments


My friend ALMOST sent this to me, yet I wanted other stuff from him first. When I finally remembered he had this, he managed to delete it somehow...

The stuff I have from this (Think Not Forever and Pure) is absolutely mindblowing, mainly for the vocal range. That guy can hit some HIGH ass notes. Musical prowess is quite good as well. The songs had a really good feel to them.

pattern_recognition
March 14th 2006



950 Comments


Plus any song about Highlander rules. Excellent band, uplifting and positive just like power metal should be, like Edguy at their best.

Steerpike
March 24th 2006



1849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Steerpike of R&M fame once said that, "Metallica will make you feel angry, but Lost Horizon will make you feel like a god." And that probably sums it up better than I could. So give this album a listen, and get in touch with the divinity in all of us.

I think I remember that. Just wish I could remember the context of the conversation.
Anyway, there needs to be more attention given to this band. Severely underappreciated.
Apparently, they're already writing new music in anticipation of recruiting a new singer.This Message Edited On 03.24.06

SynGates
May 14th 2007



2467 Comments


Man, I cant find this anywhere....but of the few tracks i have its absolutely insane.

Poet
October 5th 2007



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The Highlander is a complete FACE MELTER


thanks to the people who got the FACE MELTER part...(I love ytmnd)

BludgeonySteve
November 9th 2007



558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Highlander is like the best power metal song evar.

Evar!

Well no.

But it's awesome.

soul27
December 28th 2007



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agree with the post above ^^.

Daniel Heiman is one of the greatest vocalists I've ever heard!

rattlehead42147
February 12th 2008



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I just turned this on, and it's shaping up pretty well. I don't even like power metal so that's a good sign.

Poet
March 20th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cry of a Restless Soul has almost overtaken Highlander (The One) as best power metal song ever for me. STOP BEING SO DAMN GOOD!!

masscows
March 20th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album slays so hard. I still can't find any other power metal that measures up to this, save Blind Guardian.

Poet
March 20th 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A Night At The Opera from Blind Guardian, The Black Halo and the Fourth Legacy from Kamelot are the only close ones. They are so far back though that it isn't even funny. The true closest one just might be Lost Horizon's Awakening the World, lol.

HighandDriving
April 19th 2008



3232 Comments


I'm really enjoying this, thanks to sputnik for another excellent rec.

BludgeonySteve
August 21st 2008



558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I love existentialist lyrical content. The first thing I will do every morning for the rest of my life is listen to a Lost Horizon song.This Message Edited On 08.21.08

Poet
August 21st 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's got to be a great way to start the morning. I need to start doing that.

BludgeonySteve
August 22nd 2008



558 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jea gets you psyched to live and whatnot.

SynGates
August 22nd 2008



2467 Comments


Storm...ye almighty, Earth, Seas and Flames
Here, I am Standing
Bare In My Honesty
Calm In the Moonlight
Starlight Rests my Eyes
Pain Wakes me Conscious
Truth Guides my Mind

Lunarfall
August 22nd 2008



3177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Gamma Ray's Land of the Free is probably the only power metal album that surpasses both of Lost Horizon's albums tbh.

Poet
August 22nd 2008



5910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Storm...ye almighty, Earth, Seas and Flames
Here, I am Standing
Bare In My Honesty
Calm In the Moonlight
Starlight Rests my Eyes
Pain Wakes me Conscious
Truth Guides my Mind

WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Shine in my heart... strange colours embracing me
I'm not alone in a way
Wrath in my depths brings me to see I'm a warrior soul

IAmInsect
August 22nd 2008



3800 Comments


so like, if i don't really like power metal is this still essential



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