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Novak - 2005 Forever Endeavor

Andreas Novak - vocals, guitar
Daniel Flores - drums, keyboards, backing vocals

Guest Musicians:
Bass - Mathias Garnas, Johan Niemann, Andreas Olson, Anders Pirinen, Thomas Bristulf
Guitar solos - Tommy Denander, Benny Janson, Kristian Niemann, Johnny Ohlin, Daniel Palmqvist

Novak is the solo project of Andreas Novak. It is essentially a side-job for Andreas who also appears with progressive metal band Minds Eye alongside his musical partner Daniel Flores. You can be assured that this is not a progressive metal outing, but an excellent slab of hard rock/AOR. Despite both chaps doing most of the work, guest slots have been opened up for a raft of guest musicians to strut their stuff on Novak's songs. Yes, the songs.. they range from pure AOR to the modern style of melodica being practiced by so many of the Frontiers and MTM flock. Andreas voice is very good for this style, and though perhaps not in the same class as Goran Edman or Thomas Vikstrom, the whole package for 'Forever Endeavor' comes together very nicely indeed. It has smatterings of Radioactive, Alfonzetti, and Street Talk throughout. Hopefully that will give you something to go on.

The Songs
You would have to be impressed with the delightful opener 'Nowhere To Run'. The right mix of keyboards, guitars and vocals putting this track on repeat-play. The chorus is one that will nag at you day and night. 'Save Me' is tremendous stuff, the stirring verses complimented by a sweet chorus and delivered with a sense of urgency. The Radioactive comparison hits home on 'By Your Side' whilst Street Talk gets a fair hearing on 'Don't You Remind Me'. These are the songs that really do it for me. The others are all very good too but admittedly they don't touch me in the same way as those aforementioned tracks. Still, a lot of promise to be had with the Novak project, and by comparison with MTM Music's other recent acquisition in this genre Crossfade, it is much better.

In Summary
The Swedish scene is still very strong at the moment. A string of excellent albums in the last twelve months has given me hope that all is not lost within the AOR genre. May the influencial people that keep the scene alive up there continue doing so. Because it certainly ain't happening anywhere else..


Track Listing
01 Nowhere To Run
02 How Does It Feel
03 Save Me
04 Forever Endeavour
05 Another Woman
06 By Your Side
07 Extreme Fakeover
08 Follow Your Heart
09 Carry On
10 Don't You Remind Me
11 Back To The Free World
12 Gates Of Defeat


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:36:31
Yet Another one for the 'Scandie' fans out there. Some of us are getting very spoilt with the quantity and more importantly, quality of releases coming out at the moment and this one is no different. The material, especially opener 'Nowhere To Run' and the ballad 'Another Woman' are excellent, production is top notch, musicianship very good & Tommy Denander is on it. Need i say more.
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