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Terra Nova - 2015 Reinvent Yourself

ARTIST: Terra Nova
ALBUM: Reinvent Yourself
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Fred Hendrix - vocals * Gesuino Derosas - guitars * Ron Hendrix - keyboards * Lars Beuving - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Meltdown * 02 Shadow Man * 03 Broken * 04 Promises * 05 Jenna * 06 Rock Army * 07 Reinvent Yourself * 08 Expectations * 09 Reincarnation * 10 The Freeway To Our Destiny



I've always had a soft spot for Dutchies Terra Nova. Their 1997 album 'Livin' It Up' is an incredible slab of AOR that really should be revisited by all of you! lol! The band have been through several metamorphises along the way, including a stint as the band Aquila and also hooking up with two Dutch female singers in the band Two Of A Kind. So it was kinda of a surprise to see Terra Nova back in the groove in 2015. All thanks to Andrew McNeice's Melodic Rock Records, which has released a handful of very useful releases over the last year or so. Let's not muck around, and catch up with what's happening in the Terra Nova world.

The Songs
There is still an emphasis on strong synth parts, but not as prevalent nor as bombastic from previous years. Still, it's not very often we get to listen to a Terra Nova album, so we take what's on offer. Fred and Ron know how to bash out a good melodic rock ditty, and there's a few on offer here. Ron drives a hard bargain on the opening strains of 'Meltdown'. Synth runs are here in abundance, though the overall approach is lighter than what you'd expect compared to Terra Nova's heyday. 'Shadow Man' is fairly useful as a song, there are some familiar patterns when it comes to vocal harmonies. 'Promises' keeps to a glass-tap synth part for a metronome, a good chorus ties things together nicely. 'Rock Army' didn't quite convince, played at a slower tempo this kinda went backward for mine. The title track was much better, delivered with a bit more urgency. 'Expectations' kicks along with an increase in tempo, and is probably the song to showcase TN's new modern approach to music, along with the spicy 'The Freeway To Our Destiny'.

In Summary
Great to see the band back, but much like Dalton's return effort last year, this one falls a little bit flat. Mostly, the songs aren't very interesting at all, and is nowhere near the stuff we remember them by from a decade and a half ago. Despite the intent, the reinvention didn't quite work here.

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