Distant Horizon — Laniakea
(Bandcamp no#, 2017, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-04-04
Released in June 2017, Laniakea is the debut EP from Finland’s Distant Horizon. Distant Horizon is a young band consisting of the three Lehto brothers Joona (guitar), Jere (bass), and Jesse (drums) plus Matias Kalli (keyboards and guitar). The EP features four instrumentals penned by band leader Joona: “Wandering to Morrow,” “End of Greatness,” “Before Dawn,” and “Laniakea.” Laniakea is an Hawaiian word meaning immense heaven, and also refers to the Laniakea Supercluster of 100,000 galaxies including our own Milky Way. “Wandering to Morrow” is a modern progressive rock instrumental with a slight metal flavor, lyrical guitar riffing, some quiet moments, and a bit of guitar shredding. “End of Greatness” is a pleasant fusion of metal, progressive rock, and jazz with a bit of Mellotron thrown in for good measure. “Before Dawn” shifts gears and delivers a quiet and melodic slab of jazz fusion ala Pat Metheny. And the EP closes with the title track, another great example of melodic jazz fusion. It is nice to see that young musicians are rediscovering the jazz fusion music of the 70s and 80s, especially from locations like Finland. Now that Distant Horizon has mastered the genre, it will be very interesting to see where they take us in the future.
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