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Horizon - The Sky's The Limit (8/10) - Great Britain - 2002

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: Massacre Records
Playing time: 50:21
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Sunset
  2. Freedom
  3. Living In Danger
  4. Keep On Fighting
  5. Don't Hide In The Shadow
  6. Hometown Star
  7. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
  8. Atlantis
  9. So Long Ago
  10. Caught In The Middle
  11. The End
Horizon - The Sky's The Limit
Well France rarely turns up a competent and very appealing Hard Rock/Metal-group but surprise, surprise they've gone and done it with HORIZON. This classy Hard Rock/Metal with Malmsteen-esque guitar wanderings and a great vocal delivery by main man and guitarist Patrick Hemer.

Tracks such as "Living In Danger" and "Keep On Fighting" just pound along with pulsating guitar riffs complete with huge choruses. The sound revolves around 80's Euro Melodic Rock interludes to American power ballads like "Don't Hide In The Shadow" to sheer out and out Heavy Metal on the instrumental "Atlantis".

HORIZON is pulling this stuff off with ease and it's only their debut! Then not content to sit back after the ballad they literally take your head off with the metallic crunch of "Hometown Star". A break neck riff clearly influenced by the likes of HAMMERFALL et al it batters along. Fist held high in the air!

Really this lot don't know what avenue to turn down next. "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" another Metal-battering beefed up with huge keyboard fills.

I can't actually think of too many bands doing this stuff at the moment and doing it so well. The mix of differing Metal-styles is done with reckless abandon, but is still fine-tuned. No doubt these guys can play and they are well worth checking out.

Chris Doran



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