Some atmospheric black metal for you today courtesy of Horizon Ablaze. I’ve been on a real atmospheric black metal trip recently thanks to excellent albums from Deadspace – The Liquid Sky, Asira – Efference and the latest offering from Ne Obliviscaris. Both of these bands play a style of black metal that is rich in texture and atmosphere. The blast beats and harsh vocals are still present, but there goes a much deeper and immersive listening experience to be had when listening to each of these bands.
Horizon Ablaze has been around for some time but has only recently appeared on my radar. This is their third album, and with a title like The Weight of a Thousand Suns, I was expecting a heavy album both in terms of music and subject matter. Thankfully, my expectations were soon realised. The Weight of a Thousand Suns will certainly appeal to fans of the previously mentioned bands. Horizon Ablaze has a new vocalist in Andre Kvebek. Kvebek is a fine fit having previously worked with 1349, Pantheon I and From the Vastland. The bands sound lies somewhere near Australian metallers Ne Obliviscaris and Satyricon-a very nice combination! It has an epic feel to it, the guitar tones are crunchy, too, and there are some progressive elements to the structure of the songs. Vocalist Andre Kvebek does a great job with his raspy, Satyr (Satyricon) style delivery which is broken up with some clean singing.
For me, this is an album that gets better the further you delve into it. Earlier tracks such as Delusions of Grandeur-with its excellent opening riffs and Ghosts of a Previous Nightmare are pretty damn good, but it’s The End of a Dream where the band really hits its stride. This track, in particular, opens with a melodic vocal line and accompanying guitars before settling into a pummeling, driving track. My Soul Divided is another excellent song and Insidious is the best of them all. This is probably the band at its most melodic. The verse is hypnotic and it has a great swirling guitar. There is a very nice balance between power and melody within this song, too.
The Weight of a Thousand Suns is a sprawling, epic, melodic, heavy offering. The musicianship is top-notch, particularly the drumming. Horizon Ablaze has a very cool sounding name and a record to go with it. The 8 tracks on offer here should please those looking for similar depth in their metal to Ne Obliviscaris. Recommended if you dig any of the above-mentioned bands.
Horizon Ablaze from Kristiansand has been making avant-garde extreme metal for ten years and they are now embarking on their most ambitious project so far! Their third album, “The Weight of a Thousand Suns” tells the story of a journey through the human psyche and a deep dive into the man’s innermost fears and dreams. With a combination of atmospheric black metal and the intensity of death metal, Horizon Ablaze has created a sound that is entirely their own.
The album cover is made by the masterful Kjell Åge Meland. Meland has made all the pictures that adorn Horizon Ablaze’s albums. He is an important part of the vision that constitutes Horizon Ablaze music. The record is recorded at Strand Studio in Oslo and is mixed by Marius Strand, the mastering is done at Kvalsonic Lab. Each song on this album deals with a mental disorder and paints a picture of battle and at the same time embracing its own inner demons. The lyrics are heavily inspired by the vocalist Andre Kvebek’s dreams and visions. Each song on this album deals with a mental disorder and paints a picture of battling and at the same time embracing your own inner demons. A journey through a theme that has fascinated and terrified man for centuries. With Andre Kvebek (ex. 1349, Pantheon I, From the Vastland) as their new vocalist, the band is stronger than ever.