|Bombay Black Mercy||Kivel Records|
It's hard to find original records these days, but I think Bombay Black just about pull it off.|
With the swagger of bands like Kingofthehill and early Extreme, mixed with glam-ish chorus hooks and a big hard rock sound, these guys clearly offer something no one else in the market place has right now.
A strong performance from the booming voice of Erik Johnson helps propel this record to greater things.
The band offers quite a variety of music within, from hard rock with a funky swagger to some downright glam-ish moments, such as on Hooks.
Bullet In My Head is a strong opener, but the glorious You For Me showcases the very best the band has to offer – hard rocking through the verse, with a monster chorus layered in harmonies.
Other highlights from within the album include I'll Get Through, which has touches of Motley Crue – that sleazy attitude and thumping bass matched with strong harmony vocals.
Everything doesn't appear to offer much during the verse, but big chorus from nowhere makes for another cool track.
Get Out is yet another highlight – it has a ton of attitude and some definite angst. Another reminder of the Motley Crue of old. The band slows it down for a ballad in Fade Away, which should be well received.
The last few tracks don't match the impact of the middle section and that doesn't match the first few tracks. I think the album opens with the strongest couple of tracks and from there heads downhill, but it still remains a strong and original enough album to warrant some positive attention.
Recommended for fans of old school good time melodic hard rock.
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