Horizon - The Sky´s The Limit
A collaboration between three countries has occured as
France, Germany and Great Britain has joined forces and formed the band
Horizon. The Sky's the Limit is the debut-album of this quartet and
if you remember an era called the 80's and the direction "Euro-metal"
you have a pretty good clue to what's in store for us.
This stands out from that above-mentioned main-stream a bit though and mainly due to these guys' great musicianship. Frontman Patrik Hemer's guitarplaying goes in a sort of mix between a more Malmsteen-influenced style and the progressive Dream Theater touch, and that part is what I think is this album's major benefit. With that blend Hemer proves that he really knows how a six-string instrument should be used in both accoustic and electric areas.
The vocals come close to a Klaus Meine (Scorpions....)
resembling character at times and it can overall be described as "nice"
and above all- very clean. In addition to Helmer's work both vocal-
and guitarwise, we're also in for just as good keyboard arrangements
and the for the Euro-metal so classic refrain-choirs with every band-member
getting a microphone and sings in a higher key.
Still, Horizon is for me a very good alternative to my
most frequently harder and faster choices. Despite that Horizon isn't
exactly providing something neither new nor groundbreaking and possesses
an originality factor closer to zero, their music is very skillfully
performed and worth reckoning.