Hailing from Santiago, Chile Jacob's Horizon is a four-piece rock/metal band comprised of Agustín Cuevas (guitar/secondary vocals), Alan Hughes (guitar), Andrés Hughes (bass/vocals) and Fernando Camino (drums). The band’s name comes from two films, which you probably have heard of - Jacob’s Ladder and Event Horizon. Their first release Eventladder is a hard-hitting, well-produced effort that invokes a cathartic release from withheld anger and frustration.
The first song “Gomer Pyle” is a testament to that. Cuevas avoids the typical demon like growls you might expect and the distorted guitars, steady bass and intricate drum work provide the release of pent up frustration. The lyrics, which refer to the fictional character, are oddly appropriate and allude to other fictional allegory. The vocalist sings, “Lead soldier Wilhelm falling down turn to pieces on the ground / Screaming from his pain flashing visions of his death.”
“Unbind” doesn’t have the initial impact of the first song. The lyrics refer to the dark nihilistic thoughts that often come with the genre. The vocalist sings, “ Holding through time I can't escape I have to live on with the choices that I made / The future is dark so is the past I live so afraid that I don't know who I am.”
The highlight of the album was the instrumental epic “Fate Morgana.” It’s a dynamic song that reminded me of Tool while having some aspects of post-rock. The band increases the BPM and rock out excessively hard during the later half of the song - not to be missed.
The band closes with the most “indie rock” friendly song entitled “Shotgun.” I’m not sure if the lyrics were supposed be sarcastic or show a sense of irony but they were dark enough to make me giggle. The vocalist sings, “Take my shotgun to your head / Take my shotgun to your face/ I lost control and I don't care cause you show me the wrong way.”
Jacob's Horizon is a solid band with well-written songs but isn’t bringing much to the table we haven't heard before. The songs are predictable but enjoyable nonetheless. If you haven't had a solid fill of metal, check out Eventladder.
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