Adventure

ADVENTURE is the brainchild of the Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Odd Roae Bakken who had 23 years of experience in Rock bands playing Guitar, Mandolins and vocals in groups as TAMMATOYS and NORDAGUST until 1990 when he meets Nils Larsen (Bass) and Torkel Aune (drums) and a little bit later the talented guitar player Terje Flessen. They start working together each time getting closer to the Symphonic sound they pretended to reach.

But they still had a problem, they were not able to find a vocalist that could fit perfectly in the style of music they pretended to play until 1995 when they meet Verbjorn Moen, with Flessen in the band, Odd Roar Bakken mostly sticks to the keyboards with a style clearly influenced by Rick Wakeman but with a hard edge and a touch of Folk. In 1996 they decide to self produce and released their debut CD in Skansen Studios, Trondhein – Norway, the work takes from June of that year until November 1999 and it’s released in the year 2000. The self titled album also known as same is a great expression of Symphonic Prog inspired mostly in camel but with a hard rock influence from bands as AYREON and the legendary URIAH HEEP.

The lineup of their debut album is consists of Odd-Roar Bakken (Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals), Terje Flessen (Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars), Vebjorn Moen (Lead Vocals and Backing Vocals) with some guests like Elisabeth Nilssen and Stine Mostervik in the flutes and Steil Egil Bratland on drums and backing vocals.

ADVENTURE is one of the rare examples of bands that didn’t played Progressive Rock by nature, they planned to play our beloved genre and performed the classic Symphonic style of the pioneers with the addition of Norwegian Hard Rock inspired in the Byron & Thain Uriah Heep lineup. According t9o their official site updated in February 2006, they are working in a second release in the same vein but with a more mature sound and with a new member the described as outstanding drummer Magnus Forsberg. We only have to wait and hope it’s at least as good as the first one and that would be enough.

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Terje Flessen & Odd-Roar Bakken
Nils Larsen
Vebjørn Moen Alex Salgado
John Mitchell & Terje Flessen Camel tour (Amsterdam, 2003) meeting Kayak
Odd-Roar Bakken
Hensley tour
Adventure rehearsing…
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