(7/10) Horrizon was already founded ten years ago in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. The five-piece had to go through several line-up changes during their starting phase and had their first record deal in 2011. The debut was named "Time for revenge" and was released in 2012.

Now, three years later, Horrizon publishes their newest longplayer called "Dwelling within". Horrizon in these days is Julian Fischer (d), Ralf Strzalka (g), Franz Riemann (b), Martin Gerloff (v) and Peter Gedert on the second guitar.

Those five guys recorded eleven new songs for "Dwelling within", all melodic death metal numbers that are powerful and very entertaining. Horrizon finds the right mix between sonic brutality and melodies which add a certain catchiness to their tunes. My personal faves on "Dwelling within" are the title track, the merciless "From the abyss from hell" with its melodic middle section and the mighty "Labyrinth".

Not to forget that the new longplayer also includes the first ballad of Horrizon. "Whispering my name" is a soulful song that is quite different from the other ones. The tune builds up along the way but stays a silent one till the end. It marks a nice break halfway.

Having focussed on Northern mythology on "Time for revenge" the band decided to not continue with this theme on the new record. The shift was towards more openen topics - like 'obsession' that became the red thread on "Dwelling within".

Horrizon released with "Dwelling within" an album that is positioned somewhere between Amon Amarth (on songs like "The storm") and In Flames ("Fading away"). A mixture that works very well and if Horrizon will continue their journey with such an amount of passion they, step by step, come closer to the top of German metal. The band seems to have some potential, let's see whereto this will lead the guys.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lost in dreams (Intro)
  2. Dwelling within
  3. Far beyond the horizon II
  4. From the abyss of hell
  5. A teacherous beast
  6. Whispering my name
  7. Labyrinth
  8. The storm (v.2014)
  9. Last masquerade
  10. No more fear
  11. Fading away

 

Label: Yonah Records

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

CD review HORRIZON "Dwelling within"
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