Adventure — New Horizon
(Apollon Records ARTP001, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-01-01
There is a lot of exciting music coming out of Norway, and the newest band for me is the melodic prog-rock band Adventure from Trondheim. Even though New Horizons is their fourth album, it is a first for me. Adventure was founded by guitarist Terje Flessen and keyboardist Odd-Roar Bakken in 1995, so they have quite a long history. Today the band consists of Bakken, Flesson, Terje Craig (bass and vocals), Alf Helge Lund (drums and percussion), Elen Cath Hopen (lead and backing vocals, keyboards), and Kjell Myran (lead vocals). Adventure is also joined by guest musicians Atmasukha Ananda (piano) and Kine Wallum (flute). Work began on New Horizon in late 2015 and completed in March 2018. The result being a set of 12 songs of 70s style melodic, and at times, aggressive, prog rock. On the more aggressive tracks such as “Destiny” and “Eirene” there is an early Black Sabbath, and dare I say it, Spinal Tap vibe, plus a bit of guitar shredding. Other songs are firmly in symphonic prog territory with touches of Mellotron and organ providing that majestic touch to the music. And other songs are short and beautiful sketches such as “You Belong,” “With Tears in Their Eyes,” and “Lighthouse.” There is one throwaway track, “Nothing Will Change,” but the rest of the album is excellent. Personal favorites are “Horizon,” the closing track, “Refugees,” and the Eloy influenced “In Search Of.” I would even call your attention to the short piano and narrative “For the Fallen” for its homage and martial focus. Overall quite an excellent album and perfect for those short winter days.
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