ACT I – 1996 / 2002 Dark Horizon were founded in the September 1996 in Piacenza (Italy) and is the brainchild of keyboard player Alessandro Battini and guitarist Daniele Mandelli. After one year to searching the members to complete the line-up, the band recorded the demo-tape “Legend In Opera” in 1998. The demo-cd “Unnamed” out in 1999 anticipated the first full-length, that was recorded in 2000 at Elfo Studio. The album, in the meantime, remained in the drawer for more than a year, until Northwind Records published it in November 2001: “Son Of Gods” was mastered by Luigi Stefanini at the New Sin studio in Treviso and contained eight epic power metal songs with strong symphonic shades. In 2002 Dark Horizon recorded Manowar’s cover of “Heart of steel” for a tribute created by Steelborn Records.

ACT II – 2003 / 2007 With a new line – up (Roberto Quassolo on vocals, Luca Capelli on Drums & Davide Marino on bass) was born the second album. “Dark Light’s shades”, has been recorded at Elfo-studio in Tavernago (Piacenza) by Daniele Mandelli between October 2003 and May 2004 and mastered in the great Gate & Pathway studios on Wolfsburg (Germany) by Sascha Paeth, producer of Rhapsody, Angra, Edguy, Shaman. “Dark light’s shades” is a ten tracks melodic heavy metal album, with power/symphonic influences. A quartet of strings has participated to the recording and the arrangements have been made with the collaboration of the famous Italian arranger Massimo Braghieri. The lyrics have epic & historic themes such as the trilogy of Hannibal, the carthaginian hero. In May 2005 Dark Horizon did the first tour in Germany and in October 2005 the band played in Italy with Royal Hunt. In March 2006 the band was in Germany for a new tour, between which a famous festival Headbangers Night.

ACT III – 2008 / 2014 The third album has been recorded in September 2007 at famous Finnvox Studios (Helsinki, Finland) by Daniele Mandelli and Arto Tuunela (HIM’s producer). “Angel Secret Masquerade” contains ten songs of melodic heavy metal, like Masterplan and Angra, whit a collaboration of a quartet of strings and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studio. The album was released by Underground Symphony in july 2010 and in 2011 the band played another time in Germany. In summer 2012 is out under Underground Symphony “Dark Light Shades Deluxe Edition”, double – cd for celebrate Dark Horizon 15th anniversary. The album contains a new edition of “Dark Light Shades”, with rarities, bonus track and a live cd “Dark Live Shades”, recorded during second German tour. A new artwork is released by Alexandra Bach (Kamelot, Adagio, Operatika). In autumn 2012 Dark Horizon signed a deal with Tanzan Music for digital Cds distribution. After a new tour in 2013 in Germany and Greece, the band recorded Heavy Load’s cover of “Free” for the tribute album "Tales of the Northern Swords".

ACT IV - 2014 / now In the year 2014 Paolo Veluti joined the band as bass player and the band released in december 2014 the Christmas Single and the videoclip of “Christmas Hallelujah”, recorded by Dark Horizon & Friends. In 2016, waiting for the new full lenght album, the band recorded "Metalhead", a 4 track mini album with 2 covers (Heavy Load free, already released in "tales of the northern swords" and Lucifer's hammer originally performed by Warlord), one unreleased track (metalhead) and a song taken from the forthcoming album "Aenigma", played in its acoustic version. Metalhead was issued in a limited edition of 300 copies. In February 2018 "Aenigma" was finally released: produced by Daniele Mandelli and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden. 10 killer tracks of pure symphonic metal with 2 guest singers: Jonny Lindqvist from Nocturnal Rites in the track "Future world" (also available with lyric video on YouTube) and Klaus Dirk from Mob Rules in the track "ace of hearts". The album is issued in digital edition, digipack and limited edition pack (150 copies) boxed and with a pendant of the band logo. In february 2018 Roberto Quassolo left the band, and now Dark Horizon are searching for the new lead singer.