Horisont

Horisont are back with their fifth and most ambitious album to date. Grande Rock took the chance and had a chat with vocalist Axel Söderberg about the music & the lyrics of the new album among other things. Read for more below…
Horisont band pic

Hi Axel and welcome to Grande Rock. First of all, do tell us the latest news from the band’s camp. I find you at the beginning of your European tour, right? What are your impressions so far?
 
A: We’re just getting comfortable with playing the new songs live and it feels great. People seem to dig it a lot. Can’t wait to get down and give the rest of Europe what they deserve.
 
 
Well, two years after “Odyssey”, you’re back with a new album under a new label. How did the label change occur and are you satisfied with what you have experienced so far?
 
A: We had a three record deal with Rise Above and when that ran out we looked for options and got in contact with Century Media and they wanted us on their roster. It’s a bigger label and we feel we can reach a bigger audience so the choice came natural. So far they’ve been treating us like kings.
 
 
What does the album title “About Time” declare?
 
A: That the songs on the album are about time-travelling and also a running joke of ours that it’s about time we release a hit record.
 
 
Did you approach the songwriting differently this time or not?
 
A: Not really, the songs were a bit more half-finished going in the studio maybe. We recorded it ourselves in our own studio that’s probably the biggest difference.
 
 
Do give us a hint about each track…
 
A: “The Hive”: A cover of a song written by Jimmy Webb performed by actor Richard Harris in 1968. This is our take on it.
“Electrical”: A story of the tram we use to ride on in Gothenburg.
“Without Warning”: Sort of an AOR song with Terminator lyrics.
“Letare”: The bass player Magnus doing the lead vocals on that one. The only one in Swedish.
“Night Line”: Story of a midnight love affair gone wrong.
“Point of Return”: A heavy Rush-inspired song that started out as an acoustic folk song. Didn’t really turn out that way.
“Boston Gold”: My personal favorite. I listened to a lot of Michael Bolton writing this.
“Hungry Love”: A last minute song that we didn’t know what to expect of but when we recorded the Scorpion-like chorus we knew we hit the right spot.
“Dark Sides”: A story of a friend who’s not a friend anymore.
“About Time”: Title track and one of the most complex songs we’ve recorded.
 
 
What has changed in this album in terms of production, mixing & mastering in comparison with your previous works?
 
A: As I mentioned we recorded ourselves in our own studio. Mixed by Henrik Magnusson, who also did “Time Warriors” and “Odyssey”.
 
 
Did you finally manage to achieve 100% the sound that you had in your mind when you started working on this album?
 
A: We always want us to sound the way our instruments actually sound and I think we achieved that. No heavy effects just let the instruments speak for themselves.
 
 
Since “About Time” is your fifth studio album, which are the differences and the similarities with the previous 4 studio albums?
 
A: Nothing really, just different songs. Love the songs on this one just as much as the previous ones. If I would choose a word which would describe it, maybe it would be that this album is more “mature” than the previous ones. But I fucking hate that word!
 
 
How would you describe your band’s music style to someone that has never heard of your before?
 
A: Classic heavy rock.
 
 
Which are your expectations from “About Time” and what are the future plans of the band?
 
A: To catapult us into stardom and be on tour for the rest of our lives. But for now it’s a European and American tour starting this March and stops in May.
 
Horisont band pic
 
OK, time for our “weird questions”!!! How did you come up with the name Horisont initially? Are you aware of a band called Horizont from Stockholm during the second part of the 70s?
 
A: Yes of course, but not when we chose the name. We wanted a Swedish name that stood out a bit. And it works pretty well internationally although no one can pronounce it.
 
 
If you could “erase” one thing from modern music, what would it be?
 
A: Volbeat…
 
 
What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
 
A: That only a few is making money of it.
 
 
Top 3 Comedy movies of any era?
 
A: “Twins”, “National Lampoons” and “Bad Taste”…
 
 
Which are the top 3 Classic Rock albums of all time according to you?
 
A: Boston – s/t, Kansas – “Point of Know Return” - and Scorpions – “Fly to the Rainbow”…
 
 
Fill in the phrase… “Classic Rock music wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
 
A: Gated snare drums…
 
 
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
 
A: Stevie Nicks…
 
 
Which do you consider to be the best female & male vocalist in rock history?
 
A: Franke Miller and Linda Ronstadt.
 
 
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
 
A: To Stockholm in late seventies and start a band with Yngwie Malmsteen…
 
 
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
 
A: “The Grand Tour” by George Jones…
 
 
Best pick-up line that has worked for you several times in the past?
 
A: I’ve never used one.
 
 
You have the chance to have sex with the movie-celebrity/porn-star of your choice. Who would it be & why?
 
A: David Coverdale…
 
 
Which character from the “Game of Thrones” would you have been – if you lived in the Seven Kingdoms? The other guys from the band?
 
A: I’ve seen one episode and I only remember the dwarf…
 
 
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
 
A: I would be quite mad actually.
 
 
That’s all for now dude. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care dude!
 
A: Hope to see you in Greece soon!

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