TERRA NOVA

Country Netherlands

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

terranova3TERRA NOVA is latin for “the new world” and is one of the best bands emerged from the European melodic hard rock scene in the past decade. Formed during 1992, in may 1994 the band started the recording of the first album “Livin’ It Up”, finishing it in October 1995. One year later the album was published with big success by Victor Entertainment Inc. (JVC) in Japan. September 1997 saw the release of their second album in Japan called “Break Away” which was actually welcomed with great critical and public acclaim. “Livin’ It Up” was finally released in Europe by Now & Then in 1997. Soon after they attended the Gods festival in Wigan, UK and the band gained very much success even though most of the people never heard the band before. In January 1998 the band toured Japan for the first time again with high acclaim from the critic and the public. In July 1998 the finally band entered the studio to record their third album for the japanese market called “Make My Day”.

At the end of 1999 however persistent problems with their Dutch record company saw the band reach the end of their patience and the end of the road. Reluctantly, but perhaps inevitably, the band split. Brothers Ron and Fred Hendrix forged the Pop-Rock outfit Aquila. But their hunger for rock reignited when Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino pushed the guys for a reunion album in 2005. “Escape” the come-back release 29-08-2005, has gathered excellent responses from the critic and fans, and the “Best Of” now gives a glance to the past production of the band during the nineties.

“Escape” is a very fine AOR/melodic rock album that goes way beyond the obvious. How is that? Well the album is at it’s biggest part very up beat, the guitars are rock solid and instead of the heartache cliché that you will probably find in the majority of AOR albums, “Escape” oozes confidence.

2010 found the band with a new album titled “Come Alive”, reemerging after a five year absence. Long time fans of the band are well aware of the group’s ability to deliver `instant classics’ melodic tracks on every album. Despite that five year gap, the new album fortunately does not deviate at all from the well established sound of Terra Nova. “Come Alive” finds the songwriting core of the band Fred and Ron Hendrix joined by Gesuino Derosas on guitars, Eric Coenen on bass and drummer Lars Beuving. The line up delivers the huge choruses and melodic guitar lines but as before, and to their credit, they go way beyond the obvious putting ambitious orchestrations, devastating riffs and flamboyant lead guitar work to their musical game,  a proclaimed to be a return to their much-beloved 1996 debut album “Livin’ It Up”.

Their forthcoming brand new studio album “Reinvent Yourself” will be released on March 23rd 2015 via Melodic Rock Records. Their last albums were released by Frontiers Records, but for “Reinvent Yourself” the band and the label had different views on which direction the record should take. The new album still sounds like ’80s / ’90s arena rock, but there’s a few more modern approach on some cuts.

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– Livin’ It Up [1996]
– Breakaway [1997]
– Make My Day [1999]
– Escape [2005]
– Come Alive [2010]
– Reinvent Yourself [2015]

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