Horisont – About Time

No longer just an imitator of an age which has long been and gone, Horisont are now masters of the genre that has united hundreds and thousands of people over the expanse of time itself.

There is a special place up high for bands who have lasted even as long as Horisont (a decade seems like a surprisingly long time); but there is an even grander, holier place for those who have continued to release stellar material across such a temporal expanse. Just over a year ago when the group’s fourth album, the aptly named Odyssey, sent us spinning through an alternate retro cosmos, it seemed as if these Swedes had finally reached supernova status, that it would become an untouchable magnum opus. Hop into your time machine and jump to 2017, because their follow-up, About Time, is about to blow everything out into hyperspace: just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, Horisont take every single step necessary to prove you wrong!

Falling somewhere between the longevity and foundation simplicity of 2012’s Second Assault and 2013’s Time Warriors and the vast expanses reached on the aforementioned Odyssey, About Time is positively packed with everything anyone could wish for on a rock record. Short, sharp licks and memorable hooks? Charles and David have those in spades. Vocals chock full of passion? Axel has you covered. Rhythms to get your heart racing? Magnus and Pontus are happy to oblige. Though nine out of ten songs fall short of the four minute mark, there is not a single second wasted; every piece is an overflowing chalice of bubbling charisma, exquisite craftsmanship and the seductive flare we have come to love from this otherworldly quintet.

These songs ooze with all the coolness of a wise and hardworking band – to which Horisont have become – and actively bring you to the point of screaming to your hearts content to the lyrics. There are twists and turns along the way, exploding with such vibrancy: the native vocal rhythms of ‘Letare’ and opener ‘The Hive’ burst into the heavens whilst lead single ‘Electrical’ and ‘Night Line’ – a homage to Phil Lynott and co if ever there was one – build upon simple yet catchy riffs with sing-a-long choruses and blissful ‘70s solos that still sound remarkably fresh. ‘Point of Return’ is perhaps the busiest song of the year so far, careening around sharp corners in very quick succession. Whilst the aforementioned ‘Electrical’ sounds incredibly radio-friendly, it has nothing on ‘Boston Gold’, by far the album highlight (alongside the title track): a galloping riff leads the charge, a river of melodic guitar and keyboard harmonies on either side, and some of Axel’s best vocal work to date; this will surely cause the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end! As for ‘About Time’ (which fades in from the sci-fi grandeur of ‘Dark Sides’), it is a masterclass in psychedelia for sure, gliding through intergalactic skies before diving into an ocean of throbbing basslines before launching out and climaxing with the power of several sonic suns – and that harmony is one of the finest I have personally heard!

Horisont have certainly outdone themselves here – this is going to be a tough act to follow not just for them, but for every other artist out there. About Time is a masterpiece from a band whose trajectory has never faltered, aiming only for the heavens above, and with each release it seems as if they have made it, but now they surely have. It is more than fitting this record has come out on this year, their tenth anniversary as a unit. It is about time these guys got seen as the rock gods they truly are. No longer just an imitator of an age which has long been and gone, Horisont are now masters of the genre that has united hundreds and thousands of people over the expanse of time itself.

Horisont - About Time

Track List:
1. The Hive
2. Electrical
3. Withour Warning
4. Letare
5. Night Line
6. Point Of Return
7. Boston Gold
8. Hungry Love
9. Dark Sides
10. About Time

Horisont are:
Axel – Vocals
Charles – Guitar
David – Guitar
Magnus – Bass
Pontus – Drums

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