NEW HORIZON

(SWEDEN)

GATE OF THE GODS

(2022)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"New Horizon, the new band of the ex-singer of H.E.A.T., offers us with "Gate Of The Gods" a thundering first opus between heavy/power metal and melodic hard rock."
LYNOTT (12.04.2022)  
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After ten years of good and loyal services, Erik Grönwall left H.E.A.T. two years ago after the release of the excellent "II". While the Swedish Idol winner seemed to have found his adopted land within the combo New Horizon, he surprised everyone by joining Skid Row. The future will tell us if these two projects will be able to coexist... Now it is appropriate to look at "Gate Of The Gods", first try of New Horizon.

When Jona Tee, H.E.A.T.'s keyboard player, decided to record his own album, he first thought of inviting several singers. Finally, Grönwall's involvement and talent led him to sing all the tracks of this "Gate Of The Gods", a mix between melodic hard rock and power/heavy metal that unsurprisingly shows similarities with H.E.A.T. but also invokes Helloween, Hammerfall and Edguy.

The Swede is really unleashed on this opus. His scream of the title 'We Devide' is just mind-blowing. Heavy and catchy, on a chorus tinged with 'What A Feeling' from the movie "Flashdance", this track literally pulses. 'Stronger Than Steel', whose riff reminds us of Primal Fear's work, is the strong point of the opus with its enjoyable melody close to H.E.A.T.'s productions. 'Cry For Freedom' brings us back to Helloween and Edguy, all mixed with characteristic power metal impulses. 'Event Horizon' is more focused on melodic metal, double pedal on the chorus and break followed by a dantesque solo, the whole appearing more snarled and chaotic than what usually offers us this musical style. The eponymous track is an epic piece of more than seven minutes; its Egyptian sounds, its energy and its guitar parts make it one of the remarkable moments of the album.

Powerful, melodious and galvanizing, this "Gate Of The Gods" will satisfy primarily the amateurs of big sounds. H.E.A.T.'s followers might find themselves a bit confused when listening to it, not used to listening to their favorite frontman play such hard-hitting tracks. Given Skid Row's propensity to spread out in terms of musical style, Grönwall's fans have the opportunity to get used to his desire to explore every territory that comes his way. Nevertheless, the influences of the Swede's former band are present enough in New Horizon to make them adhere to the project.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
H.E.A.T., PRIMAL FEAR, EDGUY, HELLOWEEN

TRACK LISTING:
01. A New Horizon (Intro)
02. We Unite
03. Stronger Than Steel
04. Cry For Freedom
05. Call Of The Underground
06. Stardust
07. Event Horizon
08. The End Of All
09. Fearless
10. Gate Of The Gods

LINEUP:
Erik Grönwall: Chant
Jona Tee : Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Choeurs
Dave Dalone : Guitares / Invité
Laucha Figueroa: Guitares / Invité
Love Magnusson: Guitares / Invité
Niko Vuorela: Chant / Invité
Robban Bäck: Batterie / Invité
Sam Totman: Guitares / Invité
   
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