- Audio CD (7 July 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music Cmg
- ASIN: B000RY01X0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Awakening The World
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Easily one of the 10 best power metal albums of the new millennium. Not a single filler moment, divine vocals, crystal clear production and some of the best songs ever written. This band created a league on their own releasing one more masterpiece after this one. Isn't this a crazy world that this band isn't as huge as NIGHTWISH or METALLICA and that they are unsigned? After many years history will prove that they were among the elite of heavy metal groups. In the meanwhile we really hope for justice to be attributed...
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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