Title: Imitation SunLabel: Rocksector Records
a world where musical genres define bands more than anyone
actually hearing the music before making an opinion, one
band from Birmingham gives the big middle finger to
convention and that band is Captain Horizon.
band refuse to be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, in
the words of guitarist Josh Watson ... "We're
not a metal band, not an indie band, not a rock band, or a
punk band either. We write energetic music with guitars,
drums and passionate vocals’’...
that philosophy is never more felt with the band latest
album 'Imitation Sun'. The band seamlessly mix modern
rock and classic undertones with progressive touches, in a
tight knit package that takes up where their debut album
'The Lights Of Distorted Science’ left off.
soaring guitars and atmospheric feel of the album is only
topped by the vocals of Steve Whittington, as the albums
opener and single ‘Can’t You See What I’ve Become’
really shows how the band have prog-ressed since their
debut. There is depth with the songs taking on those
prog elements, as well as a modern down-tuned guitar sound,
if Rush and The Edge came together, their collaboration
would be the likes of this opener.
Sword’ brings in that same guitar sound, only this time
there's a less progressive element to the track, before one
of the tracks of the album the excellent ‘The Dark’, a
moody mid-tempo slab of magnificence that really stands out
from the pack.
is a switch in style with the twangy guitar fused 'It
Matters To You’, with a massive vocal from Whittington
mid-track that really makes this one.
tempo is brought back up with the riff laden ‘Ready For
The Fall’, which takes us back to the prog edge once more
with title track ‘Imitation Sun’, which in turn brings
to the mood driven ‘Comforting’, before its up temp all
the way with ‘Silence of Vera’.
‘My Town’ is another standout track from the album, where Whittington is on top form, as is guitarist Josh Watson, who deserves a shout out at this point, as those driven licks dominate this song, before the album closes with another slice of modern edged prog with Work Out Right’, which rounds off one of the most interesting albums of 2015 so far. If you're looking for a band that defies convention and are on the cusp of great things, then Captain Horizon could very well be the band you’ve been looking for.
Review by: Barry McMinn
You See What I've Become
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