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Terra Nova - Escape

Juha Harjula Format: Album
Year: 2005
Label: Frontiers Records
Genre: AOR
Producer: Fred Hendrix
Artist discography


The Dutch brothers Fred and Ron Hendrix are back with the melodic AOR band Terra Nova after couple of years of silence.
Terra Nova released 3 albums in the late 90s named Living It Up(1996), Break Away(1997) and Make My Day(1999). They had lots of success in Japan and did well in Europe as well with their 80s keyboard driven and hookladen AOR/Melodic Hardrock.
After those albums Fred Hendrix went solo with his Aquila and released two albums that were more pop/rock with light AOR traces.
But now in 2005 they strike back with a brand new album and I must say that I was really looking forward to hear their new album. Their previous albums has been played many times in my CD-player.
The album has the same title as Journey?s classic album from 1981 so that was promising and I don?t know but it may be a tribute to Journey. Well, how does the new album sound like? It?s the typical Terra Nova sound with great keyboards mixed with fantastic guitarriffs and the songs are filled with nice hooks. The production on their earlier albums has been top-notch and therefor I was a bit disappointed with this new album.
The production may be OK but the drums sound dry and lies in the background, so I don?t know why they have failed in the mix. Their pompish sound from the early days can not be heard on Escape I?m afraid.
Out the 12 tracks I must say that the album is very solid without those standout tracks that we could hear on the other albums. Not bad songs in any way but I miss the real winners. The album opens up with two nice rockers "Long Live Rock?n? Roll" and "Rock Bottom" that are typical Terra Nova songs.
The song "War On War" is a strong song with great hooklines and chorus that hits you like a brick of stones. This is a classy Terra Nova song.
The pianoballad "Heaven Knows" is nice without shining out and we have heard this many times before.
I was led down a bit with this new album and it never takes off. Sure the songs are OK but like the Northern Light album more coz the dry drumsound takes away the entirety on Escape.
I think this album will vanish in the haze with many other great releases this autumn I?m afraid.


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