"Invisible Force" (B&R Music; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Rivera/Bomma is the tandem of vocalist Johnny Bomma and guitarist Rod Rivera. "Invisible Force" is the duo's first recorded effort. Rivera/Bomma play melodic hard rock with touches of classic mid-paced power metal and progressive elements amidst acoustic flamenco guitar work and a tad of jazz influences for good measure. After only one listen it was easy for me to determine that "Invisible Force" is an appealing effort for fans of melodic hard rock.

Rivera/Bomma's "Invisible Force" has a wide ranging set of songs covering all the best (or worst, depending on your perspective) that the melodic hard rock genre offers. Everything from hard rockers to ballads are included. It goes without saying that the band's namesakes are the highlights of "Invisible Force." Vocalist Johnny Bomma, formerly of Hades, has a strong voice with extraordinary control. Guitarist Rivera runs the gamut from power chord frenzies to super-restrained acoustic guitar. Joining Bomma and Rivera are 'hired guns' (their term, not mine) whom play the support roles with studious accompaniment throughout providing the backing touches that all keyboardists, bassists, and drummers can ever expect to achieve.

"Invisible Force" is solid, but not earth shattering, melodic hard rock. The songs appear to be well thought out, well-rehearsed, and expertly executed. Additionally, the band's positive messages are a welcome event in a world drowning in negativism. Fans of Dio, Stryper, and Deep Purple will all find something to like in "Invisible Force."

"Invisible Force" was produced by Neil Rambaldi. The production is one of the best things going for "Invisible Force" as the sound is phenomenal for an independent release.

"Invisible Force" was independently released by the band in 2001. A revamped and slightly different version of "Invisible Force" was properly released in 2002 by Secret Port Records.

Rivera/Bomma is Johnny Bomma on vocals, Rod Rivera on guitars and fretless bass, Dave Incognito on bass, R. Sean Frost on keyboards, and Edward Faust on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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