2013 has seen the music scene become increasingly crowded as each month has passed by. This has made choosing the year’s best records in each category increasingly difficult. Now with the impending release of its third full length album, Time Warriors, Swedish rock band Horisont has made making that choice even more difficult. The band’s new album, released via Rise Records and Metal Blade Records, is an excellent follow-up to its 2012 album, Second Assault. It is an excellent follow for the band’s fans as the band picks right up on Time Warriors where it left off with Second Assault. That is to say that the band’s new album bears much the same sound and feel as Second Assault. It takes listeners back in *ahem* time once again (pun fully intended) with this record, offering that full on stoner rock sound once again. For those that appreciate this sound, Time Warriors becomes a solid listen from start to finish. Whether for a party or for an upcoming holiday road trip, it is a solid record all the way through for any stoner rock fan.
Time Warriors opens with a solid classic stoner rock style piece in ‘Writing on The Wall.’ This song was a good choice to open the album as singer Axel proves that his vocals are as strong as ever. And drummer Pontus nails the song’s polyrhythmic patterns throughout without missing a beat. Guitarists Charles and Kristofer take listeners back to rock and roll’s golden era once again with their solos and general musicianship. Lyrically speaking, ‘Writing on the Wall’ is just as interesting as it is musically. Axel sings in the song’s chorus, “You know the writing was on the wall/When you decided to take us all/Give us your soul.” It’s a little bit cryptic. Though a closer look and listen reveals it’s something of a motivating piece. This is revealed as Axel sings, “There’s a time when there’s nothing/Nothing that’s holding you back/You give it all you’ve got/But nothing comes close/So there’s still time to set things straight” If this interpretation is correct, then it makes this song an even better way to start the band’s new album.
The classic rock vibe established on the album’s opener doesn’t end with that song. From one song to the next, the members of Horisont offer audiences a nonstop musical trip back in time right through to the album’s end. From ‘Diamonds in Orbit’ to the up-tempo rocker that is ‘She Cried Wolf’ to the album’s two-part closer, ‘All Must Come To An End’, this album will impress the band’s fans new and old. The driving drum part on ‘She Cried Wolf’ is one of the album’s highlights. As soon as it kicks in, it’s sure to have listeners on their feet. By contrast, ‘All Must Come To An End’ is just as impressive in its musical variance. It goes from an up-tempo rocker in its opening segment to a second movement that could almost be argued to be a Pink Floyd influenced work. The song’s third and final movement kicks the song right back into high gear. By the time that final movement ends, listeners will find that it leaves them breathless. It’s a fitting closer and excellent exclamation mark to the band’s third full length studio release.
Fans will get a chance to hear the band’s new material live when it takes Time Warriors on the road beginning September 27th. That is the same day that the album is expected to be released overseas. It’s currently set to be released stateside on Tuesday, October 8th. More information on the album’s upcoming release and the band’s tour dates is available online at http://www.facebook.com/horisontmusic and http://www.horisontmusic.com.