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Released: 2000, Frontiers
Warning: If you are not into hard rock disregard this review. If you have an open mind or are into hard rock and other less head crushing strains of metal then read on. Norway is a 4 piece band out of New Jersey. The band was founded by lead vocalist Glenn Pierson and guitarist Jim Santos. Together they released their debut CD "Night Dreams". They then recruited Joe Slattery on bass and Marty Brasington for the drum stool. If you like Night Ranger, Axel Rudi Pell and bands of their ilk then you will be interested in Norway. They play hard rock in the melodic vein with lots of great guitar hooks and memorable songs and never slip into that twilight zone of cheese that so many hard rock have disappeared into in the past.
If you have read this far then you are interested in this kind of music. Read on brave metalhead. The CD opens with "Givin It All". A great up tempo track that sets the stage for the CD. "One Night Alone" is right out of the 80s. A great hard rockin track with some cool keyboards. Like any good hard rock CD Arrival contains a great ballad called "Can’t Live Without You." If this was 1989 then this song would make this CD a triple platinum disc. As it is its kind of out of place in 2000. "Cry Baby" speed things up a bit reminds slightly of Great White. One of the best tracks on the CD. Other stand out tracks include "Find My Way Home" and "Someday, Someway".
Norway had created a CD which is chok full of great guitar, vocals, keyboards and enormous amounts of melody. That is both their strength and their weakness. They never really crank it up to the next level. All of their songs are either slower numbers or mid paced rockers. They never turn up the speed ala Dokken who always have a burner or 2 on each CD to balance everything out. These guys are great at what they do. That is delivering good, melodic hard rock. Read more about them here: http://www.frontiers.it/releases/norway_arrival.htm
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