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History

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 a tribute album and released in december 2014 the Christmas Single and the videoclip of “Christmas Hallelujah”, recorded by Dark Horizon & Friends.

In November 2016 will be finally available the new album, “Aenigma”, produced by Daniele Mandelli and masterd by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden, anticipated by the EP “MetalheaD”, out in march.