Saturday, February 23, 2013

RIVERA/BOMMA: "Infinite Journey Of Soul"

Rating: RRR
Label: Retroactive 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Rivera/Bomma and their brand new release at Retroactive Records, "Infinite Journey Of Soul". Musically, they are a very Neo-classical unit. They combine and play Yngwie Malmsteen vs. Loudness influenced metal which is obviously drawn from the members various background, but they have also added a certain Rob Rock and Barren Cross richness and breadth to their crunchy melodies.

The flashy guitarwork and solos by Mister Rod Rivera, the band's real ace up their sleeve. Some may also say that he's a real deadringer (image-wise) for Stryper's Oz Fox. The Rob Rock lite vocalist Johnny Bomma, not quite as top notch all of the time and the operatic vocals may need some honing and time getting used to. Make no mistake, he could sing circles around your average metal shouter anyday of the week though.

The production by the band may suffer from the typical low-budget sickness and the lacking of depth. Bass player Mike Lepond ceratinly won't be fully satisfied with his particular sound in the mix? I'm not entirelly sure if he's present throughout the album? Well, not quite as bad, but you get the idea. Final verdict: In the current metal climate it's always nice to witness a pure eighties guitar shredder album. I believe they face a serious struggle though as the material sits nicely inbetween great and bad - neat.

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