BONRUD is a melodic-rock project headed by producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Bonrud and fronted by Minneapolis' power-vocalist Rick "Four Octave" Forsgren. Established in Seattle, BONRUD's debut album was released in Europe and Japan on Frontiers Records where it received acclaim and climbed the charts, taking the song "Date With Destiny" to number 11 on the Sapporo STV Top 20 chart in Japan, staying in the top 20 for 5 weeks. The anticipated album, "Save Tomorrow" is the result of an impressive formation of highly experienced musicians known for their collaborative abilities, as well as the successful pairing of Paul Bonrud and legendary producer/engineer Keith Olsen.
BONRUD's new album is released under the eminent European label, Escape Music and Japan's Rubicon Music. It features twelve songs for Europe with a bonus track for Japan. Paul Bonrud engineered and co-produced the album with six-time Grammy winner Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, etc.). The songs were meticulously mixed by Keith at Pogologo Studio in California. "BONRUD has been an interesting project - As Paul and Rick have dedicated so much of their time, energy, and passion to this album, it has always been about quality of song, performance, and sound. I wish the band much success with this sophomore release," says Keith Olsen.
Paul Bonrud began working with Rick Forsgren on "Save Tomorrow" after relocating to Minnesota. The two immediately hit it off with their infectious energy and chemistry for the songwriting process. Rick's powerful vocal range paired with Paul's memorable guitar leads, allows the melodies to organically ascend. Andrew McNeice from MelodicRock.com says, "Paul Bonrud is one of the true good guys of melodic rock. He backs up his status with talent in spades and an unwavering devotion to his craft. He works harder at getting things right than most and when new BONRUD music is ready you always know it will be well worth it."
BONRUD's new album features drums performed by Washington state's Paul Higgins and recorded at the famed London Bridge Studio in Seattle (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains). The keyboards were performed by Richard Baker (Santana, Saga, Gary Wright), Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnet, Fergie Frederiksen, Jeff Scott Soto), and Dave Gross. The album was mastered by Steve Hall (Alice in Chains, Madonna, Richard Marx). "My goal was to make the best album I could with absolutely no compromises and that is exactly what I did. The songs, production, and performances are the best of my career and I can't wait for people to hear it," Paul Bonrud says of the new album.
Classic Rock magazine's review: "Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist Paul Bonrud has kept us waiting eight years for a follow-up to Bonrud (the band’s) well-liked debut album. Grammy winner Keith Olsen once again oversees the production, though the remarkable voice of newcomer Rick ‘Four Octave’ Forsgren is another pivotal element behind the success of this hard rock gem."
Power of Metal' review: "Paul and Rick have done a marvelous work on this album and together with Keith Olsen, as the producer, they hit a jackpot with 'Save Tomorrow'. The melodic songs are very well written and are well over my regular OK score. Paul Bonrud has done a very slick and tight album. Rick has got an amazing power and total voice control in a 'Rob Moratti' or Graham Bonnet class. Forsgren is a hidden vocal treasure and he has a brilliant future in the rock industry ahead of him. I return to 'Save Tomorrow' and the brain behind this project; Mr Paul Bonrud. He has written twelve ultra-melodic rock tracks that have all the ingredients a melodic hard rock fan could ask for. He has a strong vocalist and he put his brilliant guitar playing in the front row. I think that Rick is a perfect choice in the forefront of the 'Bonrud' sound, with his wide vocal spectra and he manage to control all the different tempi and pitches. Paul has done a good job with the rest, just proving what instrumental talent he has. If you like melodic hard rock bands like 'House Of Shakira', 'Harem Scarem', 'Journey' or other 80's inspired melodic rock bands, you will definitely love this album. Strongly recommended..."
Justin Hulford's review said "This is as good as this genre gets!"