HORIZON’S EDGE

horizons edge 1HORIZON’S EDGE has a to my eyes typical power metal band name. But in order to find out if that is the truth I had to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start anew a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last recording or do you just pick up where the last one left?
-I guess we kind of look at the whole process as a continuation of the last one, we never sit still or stop moving so to speak. We had already finished writing the album Heavenly Realms before we released our first album, and we have already started writing our third album, so for us there is not really any starting over. We like to keep busy with playing shows and always doing something to keep our name out there.

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
-I suppose that there is always going to be a similarity with each release we put out, we don’t really have a set of rules or anything that we follow, we like to have a sense of freedom when we write to allow the music to go where it naturally wants to. We are always striving to write better songs and I think that if there was one thing that we always do try to achieve with our writing is, is this going to make people feel good? For me personally, music is something that should make people feel excited and we also want to write music that is going to make for a fun and uplifting live show, so I guess that would be one thing we try to create in the writing process.

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
-Some songs the right lyrics come straight away, other songs can take weeks to get the right words. I find that I just know I have the right lyrics when I get a rush of excitement about them haha. Then if they still feel that good in a few days, I know they’re right!

How hard is it to find the right art work? What are you looking for?
-We usually start getting ideas for artwork/themes as we’re writing the album, sometimes it will be the overall theme of the album, other times it might be based on a specific line in one of the songs. Once we have the general idea, we start researching artists and find who creates the sort of style that we’re looking for.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the metal you play?
-Not so far haha. Although I have had people refer to my vocal style as anything from Arch Enemy to Nightwish, I don’t think I fit into either of those categories, but I guess that people interpret everything differently.

Do you feel that you get the recognition you deserve, nationally as well as internationally?
-Being a new band and just starting to get our name out there, I feel that we are being well received and have had a lot of very positive attention so far, both in our own country and probably more so overseas. Power metal is not very big in Australia so we are doing well here considering, although we have so far with this album had a lot of people who don’t normally listen to power metal enjoy our album, so that’s always nice.

Is the end of physical close by or is there a future for all formats?
-I think in metal there will always be a future for physical releases, I know a lot of metal fans who have big collections of cds and records, I think people appreciate the sound quality and the artwork too much for it to die out.

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
-We haven’t really toured yet so it’s hard to say. I think that the festivals are great though as a lot of bands can get exposure to a lot of new fans that would probably not have seen them elsewhere or heard of them otherwise, so I think that is definitely a positive.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
-I want to fly out over the crowd, I think it would be great fun to have the ability to use a harness and wires to soar around. Growing up I watched a lot of Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden concerts so I would love to be able to have a big stage show set up like they use.

What does the future hold?
-We definitely want to tour overseas lots and get to places like Europe and Japan, definitely more albums as well.

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