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4.06 | 64 ratings

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Steve Hegede
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4 stars HORIZONT released their second, and last, album in 1989. By this time, their symphonic-prog influences had all but vanished in favor of an avant-garde sound. Side A features the 20-minute epic "Portrait Of A Boy", while side B consists of shorter compositions. Without a doubt "Portrait Of A Boy" is one of the weirdest pieces of prog-related music that I've heard so far. It starts off with a 3-note bass line that is repeated for about 5-minutes or so. The guitarist and keyboardist begin to pick up momentum by playing endless melodies, in unison, that slowly gain in intensity (ala ZAPPA). This then leads into a weird section of avant-garde keyboard experimentation before the band continues into a complex jam. Overall, this epic would please prog fans who enjoy avant-garde, and RIO. The shorter pieces on the second side remind of the second side of CARPE DIEM's "Cueille Le Jour". Althought the music is pleasant, the band seemed to have been in a hurry to finish the album. If you're interested in HORIZONT, I recommend getting "Summer In Town" first. If you end up enjoying that release, or if you're into avant-prog/RIO, then "Portrait Of A Boy" is an interesting album to add to your collection.
Steve Hegede | 4/5 |


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