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Heaven (Norway) - 2002 Demo CD


HEAVEN (NORWAY) - DEMO 2002 (2002, HULDRA RECORDS)
Kenneth Pedersen - vocals
Vidar Stakkestad - synths, keyboards
Arnfinn Knudsen - drums
Tomi Pedersen - guitars, bass
Roger Pedersen - guitars


Background
This particular Heaven comes from Norway. They are in fact the legacy of a band who came from the eighties, and who reputably put out a cult classic album in 1989 called 'Take Me Back'. Well, after a few years, the band have undergone a resurrection of sorts, and are wanting to test the waters again with some new, and not so new material. Musically, what we get is an amalgam of whats gone on before in the Norwegian and Scandi scene. Snippets of Davinci, Return, and Treat all get a fair hearing. I wouldn't say that it's earth shattering in its content, more like a friendly reminder of great AOR/melodic rock from this part of the world. Most of the material comes from the nineties, in fact they reformed under the banner Huldra, so the songs are a mixture of Heaven and Huldra (sure you didn't mean Hell dra?).

The Songs
A couple of tracks deserve a mention that's for sure. 'Children Of Our Time' is as majestic as the song-title suggests. The vocal harmonising on the chorus is most excellent. 'One By One' has a slight shuffle-beat that could be Return from their 'Attitudes' era. 'The Journey' could very well suggest something as a title (use your imagination!), but they don't really get that close. Lovely tinkly keyboards open up on 'Crazy', which is a prelude to a typical Scandi mid-tempo anthem. 'Dreaming' is a melodic piece with a nice organ backdrop, while the last two tracks are bonus cuts taken from that 'Take Me Back' album, namely 'Let Go' and the title track, which is an inch-perfect Scandi ballad that would have sounded great on radio back then, perhaps dated now.

In Summary
Probably this lot could be accused of playing their brand of AOR a little bit too 'safe', and in some parts it does end up sounding a little ploddy, in much the same breath as early Treat. But still, it's a great reminder of a band starting to find their feet again, and who knows where their future journey might lead them?

URL: www.huldrarecords.no

Track Listing:
01 One By One
02 Rock Him Gently
03 Ain't Made For Loving
04 Children Of Our Time
05 The Journey
06 Crazy
07 Sail Away
08 Beyond The Northern Light
09 Dreaming
10 Over The Mountain
11 Let Go
12 Take Me Back

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