Dutch rockers Terra Nova were quite the phenom in the Nineties with three powerful releases that captured the attention of Europe and Japan. After a brief demise, the band made a comeback on the Frontiers label with Escape, a return with mixed reviews. Five years later, brothers Fred and Ron Hendrix deliver their fifth release Come Alive, and Terra Nova basically stays on track.
Well-dosed in a big arrangements, hooks, and production Come Alive still sounds like 80's arena rock with the band not adding much to their sound or your listening experience. Nevertheless, the keyboards are a bit more brisk and lush, the guitar work more fiery, and vocalist Fred Hendrix gives a vivacious performance. If anything, Come Alive may be Terra Nova's heaviest disc to date.
Still Terra Nova seems to be stealing pages from the Journey playbook as on Here Comes the Night, The Final Curtain and the opener Come Alive. If familiarity breeds contempt for you, this noticeable similarity will probably put you off. Otherwise, the Hendrix brothers and Terra Nova deliver stylish and entertaining, better than average and sometimes predictable, melodic hard rock.
On Come Alive, the Hendrix brothers and Terra Nova deliver stylish and entertaining, better than average and sometimes predictable, melodic hard rock.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]