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Rivera/Bomma - 2001 Invisible Force

Rod Rivera - lead and rhythm guitars, flamenco guitars, fretless bass, vocals
Johnny Bomma - vocals
Edward Faust - drums, percussion
R. Sean Faust - keyboards, vocals
Dave Incognito - bass, vocals

Trying to emulate your idols, such as Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen, is the dream of most guitarists. Add in the brilliant Flamenco greats such as Struntz & Farah, Lara & Reyes, and Ottmar Leibert and you are pushing the limits of technical ability. Rod Rivera has not only pushed those limits, he has conquered them. Proof positive is on 'Invisible Force', the album he has recorded with Johnny Bomma, a vocalist whose ability adequately matches that of Rivera.

The Songs
With such a diverse range of influences, what manner of music do Rod and Johnny conjure up? For the first couple of tracks a hybrid of European and U.S. influenced melodic metal takes centre stage. Latter day Riot comes to mind on 'Victory', with a dash of Artension in the keyboards. 'Tarot Reader' brings up thoughts of Conquest, the Escape Music band that released a great Euro heavy rock album in 1999. While the heavier beginning is very impressive, it is the amazingly emotive 'Cry Of Love' that reinforces the growing feeling that Rivera/Bomma are a very classy outfit. Johnny Bomma performs beautifully, singing like an angel, which is befitting as Rivera/Bomma are a Christian band. 'Eclectic' is an apt name for this instrumental, which effortlessly segues between scorching neo-classical speed soloing, smooth jazz and fiery flamenco. A real pleasure to hear. A funkier edge is put into 'No Win Situation', and then we get to another superb ballad, 'Hold On'. Rivera's flamenco guitar leads us while Bomma's exquisite voice floats over the sultry rhythm. A more traditional melodic metal ballad 'Give You My Love' follows the soaring instrumental 'Hand Of God'. 'Full Moon In Spain' resurrects the winning formula of 'Hold On', with guitar and voice meeting perfectly again before an acoustic version of 'Cry Of Love' finishes this great album.

In Summary
This band has so much going for it - a great appreciation for both well-crafted melodic metal and subtle, sultry ballads. Rod Rivera and Johnny Bomma compliment each other wonderfully and together they have created a very impressive album.


Track Listing:
01 Invisible Force
02 Victory
03 Tarot Reader
04 Cry Of Love
05 Eclectic
06 No Win Situation
07 The Holy One
08 Hand Of God
09 Revelation
10 Full Moon Of Spain
11 Cry Of Love (Acoustic)

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