The air is still as the storm approaches. All is calm and silent. As the clouds gather, few are aware of the power that will be unleashed. As the Earth braces itself, the clouds begin to part. For a split second, uncertainty hangs in the air, only to be shattered by a thundering crash. An immense bolt of lightning is unleashed from the sky. As the Earth is pummelled into submission, the bolt of energy rids the world of all things negative, signalling a new dawn of purity. The once Lost Horizon, is now found.
My friends, the Metal world has been blessed once again! When LOST HORIZON released their debut CD "Awakening The World" in 2001, few were prepared for such an onslaught of expertly conceived aggressive power metal. Hailed by many (myself included) as a masterpiece, these bringers of positive energy have once again created a work of metal that leaves all nearest competition in the dust. With the acquisition of two new members (Perspicacious Protector - keyboards and Equilibrian Epicurius - guitars) these Swedes sound better than ever.
While "Awakening The World" was quite aggressive and a bit more straightforward, "A Flame To The Ground Beneath" shows LOST HORIZON expanding on their already impressive sound. The songs are more varied than before and a little less speed oriented as a greater focus is put on progressive elements. However, this does not hinder their greatness. Whether you are looking for a varied heavy metal rampage ("Cry Of A Restless Soul"), or an anthem that leaves you no choice but to throw your fist into the air ("Pure"), this release has it all.
An honourable mention should, nay, must be put forth for the amazing technical ability of each member. The vocals are nothing short of amazing, the guitar solos and duels are razor sharp, and the addition of a keyboardist has really helped to add new dimension to LOST HORIZON's overall musical delivery. The keyboards however are never used in an overblown fashion, as they primarily work to help create an inescapable atmosphere while also complimenting the guitar work. Not to be forgotten, Preternatural Transmogrifyer and Cosmic Antagonist (drums and bass respectfully), truly hold their own, to round out the incredibly unique sound that exclusively belongs to LOST HORIZON. I could go on and on about each individual song but that would not be worthwhile, as each song's brilliantness work to shape "A Flame To The Ground Beneath" into the complete work of true metal that it is.
The lyrical content on this release is nothing short of uplifting, as each song succeeds in evoking the warrior spirit in any fortunate enough to experience this musical gem. While many could simply classify LOST HORIZON as Power Metal, there are also aggressive and progressive elements apparent in this band that make them so unique. While originality in Power Metal has become somewhat scarce over the past few years, save for some releases, LOST HORIZON blow away all competition, which is why they are standing tall, in a category all their own.
When the negativity in life begins to weigh on you like an unwelcome burden, look no further than LOST HORIZON for hope and inspiration. LOST HORIZON are the saviours, and "A Flame to the Ground Beneath" is their Bible. (Online June 2, 2003)