Review HORIZON IGNITED ‘Towards the Dying Lands’

With the first track of the new album of Horizon Ignited it is immediately evident where the inspiration of the Finnish sextet is to be found; in Gothenburg, Sweden. Riffing, melody line and the pounding rhythm, everything reminds of the genre-defining five-piece from the Swedish west coast.

But in order. Horizon Ignited started in 2017 and had their debut album in the record stores two years later. ‘After the Storm’ was released without label support yet, but helped the guys catch the attention of Nuclear Blast. It is also the Donzdorf-based label that now releases the second record of the six Finns.

‘Towards the Dying Lands’, the title of the album, contains ten tracks, all based in melodic death metal.

As mentioned at the beginning, the guys have certainly heard one or the other In Flames album more than once. Too much and too obvious are the parallels and at the same time there is too little originality on ‘Towards the Dying Lands’. The ten tracks could be seen more as a homage to In Flames, but this was certainly not the intention of the band. Just listen to tracks like ‘End of the Line’ and you will understand what I am talking about.

Production-wise, however, this longplayer is definitely to be considered as positive. Powerfully the ten pieces roar out of the loudspeakers and invite to bang your head. Overall, however, the album leaves a pale aftertaste and you ask yourself why you should not listen to In Flames if you like this kind of music.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Beyond your reach
  2. Servant
  3. Towards The Dying Lands
  4. End Of The Line
  5. Guiding Light
  6. Reveries
  7. Aching Wings
  8. Death Has Left Her Side
  9. Fall Apart
  10. Eventide Of Abysmal Grief

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 1st, 2022

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