Horisont - Second Assault
Transported directly out of the Seventies, Horisont have chosen to wilfully ignore the past thirty odd years of musical evolution to hark back to the bluesy hard rock of their childhood. Second Assault once again sees the Swedish rockers taking their cues from the likes of Deep Purple, Groundhogs, and in particular the mighty Wishbone Ash in a full-on recreation of the British music scene circa 1972. It is a very convincing reconstruction, the sound a nigh-on perfect imitation of the era in both technical and spiritual terms - a very difficult trick to pull off.
Retro might be a rather cool avenue to be exploring at the moment, but unfortunately unlike many of their peers and label mates, Horisont aren't really bringing anything new to the mix. In being such a faithful replica of the time, there is no new perspective or freshness to Second Assault; instead this is more in line with a covers band cashing in on nostalgia for a lost age. The only emotion this inspires in me is a burning desire to listen to Argus repeatedly at full volume.