HORSEMAN – Of Hope, Freedom And Future

HORSEMAN - Of Hope, Freedom And Future
  • 8.5/10
    HORSEMAN - Of Hope, Freedom And Future - 8.5/10


Massacre Records
Release date: September 21, 2018

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Eschewers of the Oxford comma Horseman ride forth with their third album Of Hope, Freedom And Future, a twelve track sucker punch slab of Thrash Groove Metal. With a sound that is initially reminiscent of later Testament and Shadows Fall but slathered with a fair amount of Groove icing atop and between the layers, Of Hope, Freedom and Future delivers a kick that has elements of classic Thrash but presented in a thoroughly modern context. After the brief titular instrumental intro, the band launches into “A Thousand Wars”, a complex, multi-part track that effectively showcases the strengths of the band at all positions.

“A Thousand Wars” kicks off an aural assault that just doesn’t let up until halfway through the record; follow-ups “Hunters”, “See Me Hanging” and “The Monsters I Feel” are all scorchers. There’s a brief reprieve with “Die Gedanken Sind Frei”, a thirty second snip of a child singing a German folk song, the title of which translated to English is “Thoughts Are Free”. While the downshift might give listeners a chance to catch their breath, the brief track lends an element of ominous creepiness that sets up the frenetic “Teach Them To Question”, a catchy blaster with a sing-a-long (or-scream-along) chorus.

“Teach Them To Question” forms a sort of thematic triptych along with “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” and the following instrumental “An Open Mind Breaks Down Walls”. Penultimate track “The Final Dance” is a exhilarating Thrash workout that has the band slamming through multiple gears; pulling listeners right into a mental mosh pit that will leave them exhausted yet wanting more…which they will get with epic closer “Shellshock”. And then again as they play the entire album a second time as soon as it ends.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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