Horizon Ablaze are a band from Norway that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal along with some avant garde and death metal elements and this is a review of their 2018 album "The Weight of A Thousand Suns" which will be released in February by Leviatan/Diger.
A very heavy sound starts of the album along with some melodic riffing a few seconds later while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them as well as the vocals being mostly grim black metal screams and you can also hear a great amount of avant garde structures in the riffing.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs a more raw feeling along with the songs also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the music also mixing in elements of death metal and some tracks also bring in clean vocals.
When guitar leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with some of the riffing also getting very progressive at times as well as some of the tracks being long and epic in length and as the album progresses a brief use of death metal growls and acoustic guitars can also be heard.
Horizon Ablaze plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in atmospheric black metal while the avant garde, progressive and death metal elements gives the songs a lot more originality, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dreams, visions, and mental disorder themes.
In my opinion Horizon Ablaze are a very great sounding atmospheric black metal band with elements of avant garde and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sleep Is The Brother Of Death" "She Who Walks Upon The Sea" and "Insidious". 8 out of 10.