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Awakening The World

Lost Horizon Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music for Nations
  • ASIN: B000056H8L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Quickening
2. Heart Of Storm
3. Sworn In The Metal wind
4. The Song Of Air
5. World Through My Fateless Eyes
6. Perfect Warrior
7. Denial Of Fate
8. Welcome Back
9. The Kingdom Of My Will
10. The Redintegration

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Awakening the World is not for the faint-hearted, and most definitely not for the cynical. Based in Gothenburg, Lost Horizon dream the metal dream with absolute abandon, each of the four members taking a moniker as grand as their musical ambition. Thus we have vocalist Ethereal Magnanimus, drummer Preternatural Transmogrifyer, bassist Cosmic Antagonist and guitarist Transcendental Protagonist (known to their families as Daniel, Christian, Martin and Wojtek, respectively) garbed and painted as if countrymen of Conan the Barbarian. Opening in classic style with the sound of crashing thunder, the album quickly becomes a rush of thudding drums and melodic, chiming guitars, often overlaid with soaring, vaguely oriental solos. In this, Lost Horizon recall Rainbow at their fastest ("Kill the King", etc) and mid-period Iron Maiden, Magnanimus matching Bruce Dickinson's crazy vocal range, particularly with his pyrotechnic shrieking during "Sworn in the Metal Wind". Lyrically, the band stand for honour, truth and personal freedom, and will brook no nonsense from faithless women ("Take some under your wings, but she must kiss the ring"), much like their Cimmerian hero. Though they lack the menace and bloody grandeur of Bathory--and Robert E Howard, for that matter--Lost Horizon are gratifyingly convinced of their immortal quest--as a band formerly known as Highlander should be. --Dominic Wills

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Metal at it's Very Best 3 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Lost Horizon are, to my mind, currently the best power metal band in the world, and this is very possibly the best debut album ever to grace the world of metal. As has already be mentioned, the band are slightly remeniscent of Hammerfall (unsurprising, as current members of that band where once part of Highlander, Lost Horizon's original form), but there is also a significant nod towards ManOwaR.
Every song on the album is worthwhile, including the short Instrumental 'Song of Air', which essentially serves as an interlude between 2 superb songs. And whilst the quality remains high throughout, there are a couple of songs that deserve special mention.
The first of these is 'Sworn In The Metal Wind'. Opening with excellent drums and vocal work, the song is a quick paced one, filled with galloping rhythms, excellent screams, blistering solos and some excellent 'fist in the air' sing along action.
The next is 'Perfect Warrior', a slightly slower paced, defiant middle finger to the world and its conformative majority. Again, superb musicianship is all over this track.
The last track i'll mention is 'Denial of Fate', which is for me the stand-out track of the album. It is however the shortest, clocking in at just 3:39. The song is just excellent, with another uplifting chorus and excellent soloing, along with solid drumming and very Steve Harris-esque bass playing.
All in all, Awakening the World is possibly the best debut ever by a metal band, and it's successor is even better. Any fan of power metal, or just metal in general, should give Lost Horizon a listen, i can see them becoming one of the biggest metal bands in europe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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'Awakening the World' is Lost Horizon's first record - hard to believe when its quality engages you. Sure, the cover art and band photos might be... 'extravagant'.. but let's face it, that's the sign of all good heavy metal. Besides, one gets the impression that the band know exactly what they're doing in presenting themselves. The artwork reflects the lyrics and album title, portraying a message I've always loved in Lost Horizon: A stern criticism of society's state of zombification. In good Power Metal tradition, the first song expresses the sanctity of heavy metal - "Life baptised in metal, by the secret of steel you are blessed" - and there even subtle nods towards the film Highlander, with mention of 'the Quickening'.

Musically, the album is carefully-crafted - each song emanating quality. The musicianship is extremely competent but is aways dominated by good song-writing ability rather than relying on overly long, pointless guitar solos like Dragonforce. Vocals are more memorable and natural than most Power Metal releases and the range and quality of the singer's voice is up there with Rob Halford and the like.

To boil it down, this album, along with their second album 'A Flame to the Ground Beneath', are among the best in the genre. Rarely are they praised, but this has more to do with the line-up problems which have prevented the band from touring than it does the quality of the music. I'm picky with my music and there are only a few Power Metal bands I rate. Lost Horizon are one of them. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I believe the band can surpass this album even, if they ever regain a proper line-up.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musicians, gifted songwriters - A Dream ! 22 April 2002
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Format:Audio CD
With artiste names such as Preternatural Transmogryfier and Cosmic Antagonist it's easy to dismiss this band as a bunch of posing loons, but beneath the surface lurks so much more. Mining this album's depths reveals the following gems:-
Heart of Storm
This was the first song I heard by the band (on a sampler disc) and it remains a perfect introduction to their style. It has the galloping riffs, solid rhythm section and soaring vocals that are Lost Horizon's trademarks. On subsequent spins you'll find yourself joining in with the choruses, trust me! There is variation in tempo, but it is predominantly brisk, and the soloing is reassuringly adept.

Sworn in The Metal Wind
The band then up the pace wih this, the best song on the album.. A wake-up call to the jilted, it tells of a miserable soul being instructed on turning his life around. The identity of his saviour? Metal - or course! And a healthy dose of self belief. This is THE song I have to play at least twice in a row, every time I put it in my cd player. The rhythm is strident, the lyrics are both cheesy and heroic, but in such a way that you just have to sing along with a constant smile on your face, and after the middle solo there is a brief hint of a lull before the band give us what we want - the pace cranks up another notch and the guitar shreds once again. Absolute Perfection!
The song is too good to follow so, predictably, the next track is an instrumental interlude, allowing the listener to descend from the lofty plateau where the guys have abandoned you, gasping for breath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Metal at its best 16 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
A supreme debut. The vocals are absolutely outstanding. This guy can scream with the best of them including Adams and Halford. Anyone who is tired of modern Maiden should give this a listen.
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