I admit that I know absolutely nothing about these Dutch melodic rockers. And I don't think it really makes a difference either way, but you know, full disclosure and all. Thing is, while the band originally made it big in the 90s, they ended up disbanding around the turn of the century only to be coaxed back into the studio in 2005 with a successful come back album of sorts. Fueled by their favorable reception after the band's hiatus, the Hendrix brothers have recorded an all new album aptly titled Come Alive.
It would seem that the band has lost none of its talent. Again, I can't say I ever heard any of their stuff the first time around, but if you dig the sound of bands like Nation or Europe, you'll definitely love this album. Brothers Ron and Fred Hendrix form the nucleus of the band, and their synchronicity no doubt plays a part in how tight and fluid is the overall sound on this disc. I can't claim I'll be giving it multiple listens since the sound is so distinctly of another era, but there's no questioning their focus or talent.
The Bottom Line: With a solid sound of melodic rock bands of yore (circa early 90s), Terra Nova is a bit of an anachronism in today's soundscape. But there's no denying their passion and talent for crafting tightly focused, catchy riffs reminiscent of bands like Europe in their heyday.
- Genghis is looking for that old Nation CD