TERRA NOVA – COME ALIVE (ARCHIVE)

Out Now – Frontiers Records
 
Dutch band Terra Nova have released four albums so far, all of which have completely passed beneath my radar. Will this, their second album for Frontiers and fifth overall, put these guys on the map?

Refreshingly, this isn’t an AOR album in the strict sense. Remember the heady days of “pomp rock”? That’s what I’m hearing here. Think Magnum or old Styx, wrapped up in a mildly proggy metallic jacket.

There’s a certain homegrown quality to this album. Is it the slightly ramshackle production? The rather abrupt endings to certain songs? The energetic aura is undeniable though.  Check out “Holy Grail”, “Those Eyes” or “Who Can You Count On” to get an idea of what this band is about.

A nice change from the almost formulaic AOR releases I’ve been reviewing lately.

Rating – 83%
Review by Sancho

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