Gothenburg, Sweden based heavy rock group, Horisont hit the ground running in Boston, MA on Halloween for the opener of their USA debut. Horisont draws a lot of comparisons to a handful of groups, notably; early Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and, Thin Lizzy among others. The past few years has seen a saturation of retro-rock groups, with a new group seemingly popping up every few months. Horisont stands head and shoulders above almost everyone out there and are relatively unknown here in the USA. Their blend of spaced-out-prog-rock meets NWOBHM is addictive and these guys have some serious chops.
Horisont played on a bill at San Diego's venerable Soda Bar with local San Diegans Red Wizard opening, and Ohio heavy rock outfit Electric Citizen, whom they are on tour with, headlining. Red Wizard took the stage early and smashed through a set of raw stoner rock. Horisont got on stage around 9PM, and after some minor equipment problems, launched right into their 10 minute plus epic "Odyssey." The crowd went nuts. Probably, like myself, many had been waiting for this moment since they discovered Horisont. The dual guitar attack of Charles Van Loo and new member- David Kalin- is a fierce combination. The rhythm section is held down by drummer Pontus Jordan and bassist Magnus Delborg- who bears a slight resemblance to Lemmy Kilmister. On top of this wave is singer and keys player Axel Soderberg pushing the group's sound. Horisont has a new album ("About Time") out in February 2017 being supported right now with their new single "Electrical." If the single is any indication of the album's sound- fans of the group are in for a treat. Somebody, anybody get these guys on tour with Kadavar here in the USA! Are you listening Century Media and Nuclear Blast? Horisont closed out their set with a brutal cover of UFO's "Rock Bottom." Coincidentally, UFO will be in San Diego with Saxon in March.
Electric Citizen was up next and singer Laura Dolan dished out some evil delivery of her lyrics backed by heavy riffing from the group. I would not cross this woman, ever. I look forward to Horisont hopefully touring the US again. Check their website linked below for dates of this tour which ends on November 22nd in Philadelphia, PA.