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Strange Horizon — Beyond the Strange Horizon
(Apollon Records no#, 2022, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-08-13

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Strange Horizon is another new Norwegian band, this time a band inspired by 50 years of heavy music. Hailing from Bergen, these heavy metal / prog rockers are neither retro nor modern. Riffs, melodies, and clear vocals are their musical weapons. They exhibit a strong Black Sabbath influence across all eight tracks on their debut album, Beyond the Strange Horizon. What I greatly appreciate is that Strange Horizon does not degrade themselves with the shouting throat-rending vocals that have become so overused. The trio of Qvillio (guitar and vocals), Lindesteg (bass), and Wegeland (drums) play some excellent heavy dirge rock with plenty of prog rock elements. The one track that does not seem to fit in with the rest of the album is “Turning the Corner.” Rather than rely on power chords and distorted guitars, Strange Horizon plays a quiet introspective minimal song. Other interesting moments on the album are the sudden appearance of female vocals on the opening track “Tower of Stone” and the gloomy intro, howling wolves, and bass solo on the closing track “Death in Ice Valley.” Beyond the Strange Horizon is a good album and the way heavy metal music should sound. Check it out.

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