March 12th, 2006
Whenever I listen to an album from a band that I really like, and end up not liking it, I have a personal rule to revisit that album at some point down the road and give it a second chance (sometimes even a third or fourth). I find I also do this with albums from bands that I see hyped and raved about from other music fans, but that I just don’t “get.”
Well, this week’s revisited album was Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath. I must say, I do like this album. Way back when I first listened to it I literally could not even make it through the entire thing. That’s right! I had to turn it off it was so bad! This week’s listen is probably the third or fourth try for me, and probably would have been the final chance before I gave it the eternal thumbs down. Prior to this, I recall listening to it when Matt Smith of Theocracy raved about how much he liked it.
So, what makes this listen the golden one? Who knows! I think most of the problem I had with it before was that I loved their debut album “Awakening the World” so freakin’ much. I consider “Awakening the World” one of the greatest metal albums ever, right up there with Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” Since it has been a couple years that this second album has been out I think the comparison issue has finally passed for me. That happens quite often to me as I am sure it does with many of you as well. It happened most notably with Queensryche’s “Promised Land” album. I think that one took about four or five listens before I could finally appreciate it on its own.
One thing I can say is a little overboard on “A Flame to the Ground Beneath” is the amount of long winded instrumental parts. I’ll admit, I am a hard sell on instrumental music to begin with, but quite a few times I find myself just waiting for the breaks to end on this album. It’s just too repetitive. What happened to the amazing melodies and solos from the first album? Well, only Transcendental Protagonist knows I guess.
Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath 6.5/10
A word of note, my pal Mattias Noren from ProgArt Media designed the cover for this album.
Watch the video for “Again The Fire Will Burn” below, enjoy!