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.