Horisont

Horisont

Mothership, The Dirty Streets, Gritter

Sat, April 29, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 18 and over

Horisont
Horisont
May, 2016.
Horisont sign worldwide deal with Century Media Records. On the eve of their 10 year anniversary Swedish hardrock band HORISONT are pleased to announce the next chapter in their illustrious career by putting pen to paper and confirming a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. New album in progress, stay tuned!

BIOGRAHPY, August, 2015.
Big of moustache and tight of trouser, Horistont drink from the bottomless wellspring of inspiration that's been bubbling up through the layers of time since the birth of the blues – or Blue Oyster Cult at the very least.

Theirs is a sound that harks back to the dawn of the 70s, when a new clutch of heads decided it was time to harsh the 60s hippies' mellow and paint it black; those years when the twin spirit of hard rock and prog rose to redefine sound.
In their earlier years Horisont looked and sounded like the last guys standing at the world's wildest and darkest party; these are the tight bro's who laced the punch, torched the dance-floor and rode off into the night on their roaring hogs in a puff of green smoke. "Put the five soldiers of Horisont in a time machine 50 years ahead of time and we would still rock the silver socks of any future man, woman or robot," frontman Axel once declared.

This quintet's rock trip might be retro but their songwriting is timeless; a good melody lives forever and Horisont have songs in abundance. New album Odyssey is exactly as its title suggests: an epic journey into the known. A sonic trip. A mighty voyage of sound. You could even call their fourth full release a concept album – although they themselves prefer "space saga". Either way it's a brave band who open their album with a ten minute-long track, yet on the album's title track Horisont dive straight into the deep end, delivering space-rock with all the dexterity and deftness of the very best prog rock's finest, such as early Yes or Kansas.

"I think it was Tom, who during a tour, said that it would be fun to write a ten minute song," says bassist Magnus Delborg."When that song took shape the idea of a cohesive album was born. Most of the songs are in some way connected to the bigger theme, so – yes – it is a concept album. It concerns a supreme race of mysterious being who experiment with the creation of life and start to populate planets around the universe. And this is the story of one of those planets…"

Formed in 2006, Horisont have spent close to a decade kicking ass, taking names and establishing themselves at the forefront of the Scandinavian retro rock revival (see also Witchcraft, Graveyard etc), injecting their sound with early-Status Quo-styled boogie blues, prog complexities, NWOBHM swagger and fire-spitting choruses set to scorch the eyebrows of the first ten rows. This is music made without irony, unafraid to acknowledge an allegiance to past greats such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Cactus, Thin Lizzy, the aforementioned Yes and Judas Priest.

Their first two albums Tva Sidor Av Horisonten (2009) and Second Assault (2012) earned Horisont a special place in the rock underground, while Time Warriors (2013) was a no-holds barred demonstration of classic rock and metal combined with a fearlessly inventive streak, and took them to a wider international audience. And now comes Odyssey, a bold leap into more expansive and ethereal musical territory. It's the band's first to feature native Australian and former Church Of Misery guitarist Tom Sutton.

The new line-up change sees a definite gear-shift too. Here Horisont play as if their lives depend upon it: dueling guitars do battle in an endlessly thrilling interplay over a rhythm section that gallops like wild horses across the frozen tundra. And cutting through the middle, Axel Söderberg's howling heartfelt vocals delivered with a space-age sense of soulfulness.

There are surprises aplenty throughout – witness the melodic Jethro Tull-style breakdown in the middle of 'Blind Leder Blind', flamenco/folk flourishes on 'Flying', the fist pumping classic metal anthem of 'Back On The Streets', the almost Ziggy Stardust-esque 'Beyond The Sun' or the elegiac eight minute long album closer 'Timmarna', which evokes the awesome beauty of a dying star careering off into darker distant universe. Then there's the majestic former single 'Break The Limit', which was accompanied by a gloriously grainy 1980s VHS-style video, complete with much split screen action. This is expansive, emotive music that's far more than five hirsute men creating a voluminous ruckus.

Odyssey was recorded in Studio Kust in Gothenburg with producer by Henrik Magnusson. It was, the band explain their most harmonious creative period ever."No Horisont recording session has ever been this good," admits Delborg. "We had worked with Henrik on our 'Break The Limit' single and knew that he was our guy. All the basics where recorded live in just a couple of days. Then we spent a lot of time on the intricate details."

The artwork for Odyssey harks back to both classic sci-fi paperbacks and prime prog rock albums of the 70s. "We wanted a slightly disturbed, Asimov-esque science fiction cover that told the story of Odyssey," says drummer Pontus Jordan. "Tom knew this guy who was really in to old science fiction stuff and he had done the cover for The Order Of Israfel. So we meet the guy and it was the one and only Henrik Jacobsen. And he really nailed it."

Strap in, sit back and let the Odyssey begin…
Mothership
Mothership
Supersonic intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership based out of Dallas, Texas give a real sense of hope that all is well in the universe, and that pure honest rock and roll has once again returned to this planet on a mission to unite true believers. Consisting of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, these guys have created a unique sound that satisfies like a steaming hot stew of UFO and Iron Maiden, blended with the southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top, paired with a deadly chalice of Black Sabbath. Mothership's goal from the beginning has been to carry on the tradition of the classic rock style of the '70′s, updated and amped up for the modern day. The band has been non-stop road warriors since the release of their debut album in February 2013 on Ripple Music successfully invading the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe playing either on festival stages, night clubs, or outdoors under the sun at motorcycle parties. This heavy rock juggernaut has only just begun their tear across the universal cosmos and have no plans of ever slowing down. Do not miss your chance to hop on board and join Mothership.
The Dirty Streets
The Dirty Streets
The Dirty Streets are a young band from the Memphis area who have no fear of bathing in their proto-punk and soul roots. Their album Portrait of a Man is an obvious product of digging on the likes of MC5, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Cactus, Humble Pie & the Faces.
Gritter
Gritter
Formed in the crucible of Richmond Virginia's underground gutter drone music scene, Gritter is a band that delivers shotgun blasts from both barrels when the trend in modern metal tends toward speed and surgical precision. Turning their backs on the idea that metal should be faster, more technical, and high complex, Gritter has deliberately carved out the groove by down tuning and creating a tempo akin to fucking in a tar pit, and drawing out riffs literally dripping with the slow sexy drawl of the south.
A band like Gritter could only be forged in the mind boiling humid heat the summer in the south, whiskey fueled bar brawls and floating down a muddy river in a tractor tire while consuming cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Over the foundation of bone crushing gut shaking grooves, Gritter deliver lyrics with a certain redneck wisdom alluding to the notion that they are somewhat more than hillbillys raised on country and classic rock.
Writing from the depths of their souls, drawing directly from experience in this very real and harsh world, Gritter weaves stories and legends from their own past. Having willingly descended into and returned from the various hells of drug addiction, incarceration, suicide attempts and insane asylums, the members of Gritter have faced their own demons and offer commentary on life from the perspective of a fearless engagement with it, rather than some college educated standoffish opinion of what others simply hope life might be.
Gritter delivers a message loud and proud aimed straight at the guts of misfits and misanthropes, stating simply, "WE HAVE SURVIVED AND SO CAN YOU- SO WALK WITH US!" While in the same breath throwing down the gauntlet with the challenge- " WE HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO SAY WHAT WE KNOW, DO WHAT WE WANT, AND GO WHERE WE PLEASE..... HAVE YOU?"


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Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/