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I am God

by Rivera/Bomma

for fans of: Dio, Rainbow, Deep Purple, MSG, UFO, Strunz & Farah, Iron Maiden.... Melodic Hard Rock /Metal with Elements Of Flamenco Virtuoso Guitars.
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3. You Are My Child
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4. He Died For You
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9. Holy One
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The New-Jersey based RIVERA BOMMA was formed late 2000. Named after founding musicians, vocalist JOHN BOMMA (previously with HADES), and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist ROD RIVERA

Their strong guitar driven debut album, INVISIBLE FORCE, released through SECRET PORT RECORDS in 2002, received favourable reviews around the globe, which encouraged the band greatly to tour, write, rehearse, record, and generally prepare for the important second album, I AM GOD, which will be released on MAUSOLEUM RECORDS in February 2006.
JACK FROST, guitarist for SEVEN WITCHES and BRONX CASKET CO. introduced RIVERA BOMMA to MAUSOLEUM, after hearing the
impressive album-opening title-track in the studio where both bands were working.

RIVERA BOMMA are a Christian Hard Rock band, playing a mixture of traditional hard rock and melodic American power metal - at times a hint progressive, due to the presence of majestic, but subtle keyboards. ROD and JOHN have written some epic anthems which they perform over pulsating rhythms, revealing the influences of their 70s heroes, such as DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW. The power and range of JOHN BOMMA’S voice is indeed comparable to an IAN GILLAN or RONNIE JAMES DIO, whilst ROD RIVERA is a guitar virtuoso parallel to RICHIE BLACKMORE or MICHAEL SCHENKER, occasionally also shredding MALMSTEEN-style, as well as playing some dazzling Latin Flamenco guitar.

RIVERA BOMMA are definitely not concerned with being part of any “flavour of the month” trend, rather they write and play from the heart!
-Mausoleum Records 251073
54 1399251073 3
Release Date: 2/10/06


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AngelicWarlord.com

Metal/Hard Rock
The biography of New Jersey’s Rivera Bomma states, word for word, that “Rivera Bomma aren’t concerned with being part of the current trend. In fact, they’ve never been overly concerned with what the mainstream audience deemed popular.” No kidding? Actually, I could not think of a better way to sum things up, particularly in light of the duos most recent outing, "I Am God". A combination of American power metal and straightforward hard rock with an occasional progressive leaning, "I Am God" reflects influences as diverse as Rainbow, Deep Purple, Dio and Dokken while serving to showcase the potential Rivera Bomma hinted at on its 2001 debut Invisible Force. While certainly not bad from a musical standpoint, I found Invisible Force to fall a bit short of the mark due to its lack of continuity. The album, for example, delivered its share of upbeat hard rockers in addition to three instrumental tracks, a couple of ballads and several acoustic based numbers. In other words, a lot of variety. I Am God, on the other hand, does include one ballad (“Oh Girl”) and a very fine instrumental (“La Voz De Mi Guitarra”) but proves the all around more focused effort from front to back in highlighting the combined abilities of lead vocalist Johnny Bomma and guitarist Rod Rivera. Bomma proves quite the talented frontman, contributing a resounding and clean but powerful classic tenor voice. Rivera is a shredder in the truest sense of the word who literally steals the show with a dazzling style bringing to mind the likes of Richie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen. With that in mind, it must be mentioned that the abundant confidence the band exhibits in its instrumental sound helps to take many of the albums compositions out past the six or even the seven minute mark.

METAL TO INFINITY


RIVERA / BOMMA - I AM GOD



MAUSOLEUM RECORDS



METAL TO INFINITY

Something special is playing in the background while writing this review and it would be great sharing my inner feelings with all of you regarding Rivera / Bomma's new album entitled "I Am God". Who are these guys? Well, they're from new Jersey and the band was formed in 2000 by singer John Bomma (ex-Hades) and guitarist (actually multi musician) Rod Rivera. Taz Robles joined forces after a while and offered his very skilled bass works with pleasure just like drummer Steven D. Riker did.

A first album "Invisible Force" came out in 2002 through Secret Port Records. Unfortunately, i'm the one not able to give you my opinion about that release because i haven't heard one single song of it. Some research after all allows me to say that the album took the world by surprise so i was damn curious what these guys really got in their might. Waiting for a second strike was the only way out to give Rivera / Bomma a fair and honest meaning myself. Mr. Jack Frost introduced the band to Mausoleum Records, one led to another and check it out...the album is done and ready to rock the world!

Be sure Mausoleum Records can be pleased with such great product. The title of this album says it all: "I Am God" contains great songs loaded with christian lyrics. I'm not interested in other peoples' faith ( it's their own choice anyway) but this is a wonderful piece of music that cuts through heart, soul and veins. A superb blend of Classic Hard Rock and Melodic US Power Metal! I'd like to hear a very skilled vocalist, well with a guy like John Bomma...all my needs are fulfilled. He do reminds me of the almighty R.J.Dio sometimes or Tim Owens during his time with Winters Bane (check out the lower parts of Jim on the "Heart Of A Killer" album!).

Rod Rivera, the man taking care of many instruments but mostly his guitar works are fantastic. His way of playing takes me back into the good and early days of bands like Deep Purple (Tony Iommy), Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore), Rising Force (Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Schenker,...Also very unique and pretty unexpected are Rod's Flamenco guitar duties which are awesome. It isn't a silly coinsidence the name of the band is Rivera / Bomma because these magnificent musicians (surrounded by the great support of both bass and drum works ofcourse!) brings a superb form of magical music...played from the heart with passion - pointed to the souls of truly believers!

Releases like this deserves all my dignity / support and i truly wants to recommend "I Am God" (11 songs / running time: 65 minutes) to each and every admiring Classic Hard and Metal fan with an excellent taste. Just buy it very soon, crank it up...you won't regret at all!! More info at: www.riverabomma.com or www.mausoleum-records.com
MY POINTS: 92 / 100

BrideFan

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The CD starts off with the title track. Now the lyrics for the song are great, but other than the chorus, I don't like how the arrangement was done with the verses and the musical style. They just don't blend in well I think. The lyrical structure for the chorus fits very well though.

The song 'Oh Girl' tells the story of a lost love. It's a great heavy ballad without any power beahind it. Great guitar solo and a nice bass rhythm to go with it. One of my personal favorites since it doesn't rely heavily on the power prog stuff to 'sell' the song.

Lyricslly all of the songs are very Christ centered or Faith based. Musically, I'm not much of a power prog person, but it does grow on me as I listen to the CD more and more, but it does make it a little hard to review this CD. Quite a few of the songs seemed to have the same basic forumla to them or they shared the same 3 or 7 chord arrangement with a few changes here and there or a complete change in the middle of the song and then switch back to the same chord arrangement. Also, several of the songs were a little long (some over 7 minutes long with the title song at just over 8:30).

Production quality on this CD was excellent. Everyting was crip and clean. Mastering quality was superb to make this a quality CD. The liner notes and printed lyrics were good as well. Although, white text on a orange flame colored background doesn't read to well.

Strutter'zine


RIVERA BOMMA ‘I AM GOD’ (MAUSOLEUM RECORDS)

The New Jersey based Christian band RIVERA BOMMA was formed in the early 2000s, releasing their debut ‘I am God’ through the Greek label SECRET PORT RECORDS in 2002. Now 4 years later the band around guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Rod Rivera, vocalist John Bomma (formerly HADES singer), bassist Taz Robles and drummer Steven D. Riker are making a comeback with their 2nd CD ‘I am God’. The album has been released on the Belgian label MAUSOLEUM RECORDS. The band found this label with a little help from guitarist JACK FROST of SEVEN WITCHES. Anyway, the new CD of RIVERA BOMMA is filled with Classic Hardrock in the best RAINBOW/MALMSTEEN style, with good strong lead vocals. Highlights on the CD are “You are my child” (uptempo melodic heavy rocker), “Oh Girl” (beautiful semi AORish ballad a la RAINBOW’s “Street of dreams” with a lovely melodic guitarsolo) and “Holy one” (epic a la SAVATAGE). There’s also some 80s US Power Metal in the songs “I am God” and “He died for you”, but most of the time this is a very RAINBOWish affair, done in a good way! Definitely worth checking out if you’re into classic Hardrock!

(Points: 8.4 out of 10)

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RIVERA BOMMA: “I Am God” (Mausoleum – Music Avenue – Ideal – Suburban)

Named after its founding members guitarist/ multi instrumentalist Rod Bomma and singer John Bomma, this New Jersey based band was formed in 2000. Completing the line-up of this Christian Hard Rock quartet are bassist Taz Robles and drummer Steven D. Riker. Their strongly guitar driven debut album "Invisible Force" was released on Secret Port in 2002, gaining the band favourable reviews from all over the world, and as such encouraging the band to tour, and prepare for a 2 nd album. As fate would have it, they were recording this album in the same studio as Seven Witches/ Bronx Casket guitar player Jack Frost. After hearing the impressive album opening title track, Frost suggested the band contact the Mausoleum label. Which they clearly did, with positive results!

Musically, the band is best described as a mix of traditional Hard Rock (think Deep Purple, Rainbow) and melodic US Power Metal...with an occasional hint of Progressive thanks to the majestic keyboards, played on this album by guest musician Neil Rambaldi. Bomma is indeed often compared to a mix of Gillan and Dio, whilst Rivera is said to be parallel to Blackmore or Schenker (Michael, that is, not Rudolf), with an occasional Malmsteen-like shredding (listen to the Neo-Classically flavoured "Riding High"), and also playing some dazzling Latin Flamenco guitar (check out the instrumental masterpiece "La Voz De Mi Guitarra")! If the above sound to your liking, you certainly should check the album out. Of course, you'll have to take the lyrics along with it as well, but as a whole the songs are really well-written, and as long as you're not a complete Anti-Christian, you won't mind in the end!

82/100

Tony.

GlamTam

Absolutely brilliant!
I am God - Absolutely Brilliant! If you are tired of the same old, cookie cutter rock bands out there, fear no more!
The blend of music is impossible to target. If you enjoy unique, true raw talent, buy this CD TODAY!
Two thumbs up and more if I had more! Procrastination will rob you!

Victory'zine

4 stars out of 5
Rivera Bomma - I am God

I see this as a big honour - to be among the first to review Rivera Bomma's second full-length album. I was quite excited about their previous releases - even though I saw that there were things that had to be improved.

Rivera Bomma is known among the fans for two things: Having an extra-ordinary singer and one heck of a shredder! Both these things are heavily present on their new album called "I am God". Some people have mocked their choice of album title, claimed that it is blasphemous, but when you listen to the lyrics you quickly find out that this is more blessed metal than most of the other things you’ll ever hear!

The grand album(it’s over 65minutes long) starts out if a Leviticus inspired title track, “I am God” .It’s a story told from God’s point of view and it’s a exciting journey – both lyrically and musically. Great epic, which is nearly 10minutes long! After that comes “You are my child” which sounds like a typical song from their last album, but this is slightly heavier. “He died for you” reminds me of something that fellow metallers Narnia could have created. Blasting guitars combined with some very thoughtful lyrics. Next up is the “must be on every album”-ballade. But the neoclassical touch to it makes it much more exciting. Love that chorus.

Riding high is Rivera Bomma’s tribute to Styper, especially when you listen to the chorus you can clearly hear the influences. But the verses make me also think about legendary band Jerusalem. This is one of the absolutely great tracks on the album!!

Holy One is next up, and now I hear some Sacred Warrior! This is one straight forward rocker! A splendid vocal performance from Johnny Bomma. I also must say that I love the lyrics “If God is for me – who can be against me?”. Sing to me is to follow and brings us some melodic hard rock. It’s one of the more slower songs. “Help!!” starts out fast and continues in that vein throughout the song. It’s a prayer from man, who desperately needs help.

Oh man! ”La voz de mi guitarra” This is the instrumental track and this one – if you somehow have failed to noticed it earlier – will convince you what a great guitarist Rod Rivera is. An Yngwie malmsteen inspired instrumental song. Ah, this leaves me longing for an acoustic instrumental album from Rod!

The album ends up with the grand finale song “Revelation” which has an apocalyptic feel to it and I think it’s a great way to end a great album!

Can’t remember when I heard some many influences on a single album :). Of course it’s not only other bands’ influences we clearly hear that Rivera Bomma has created a sound of their own and I truly believe that this album will be warmly welcomed by the fans of neoclassical metal.
Style: Neoclassical metal
Overall:4 of 5
Year: 2005
Review by: Victory

POWERMETAL.DE


Nachdem das 2002 veröffentlichte Debüt "Invisble Force" im Underground schon recht gut aufgenommen wurde, begaben sich der ehemalige HADES-Musiker John Bomma, Multi-Instrumentalist Rod Rivera und ihre beiden Sidekicks Taz Robles und Steven D. Riker an die Arbeiten zu einem weiteren RIVERA BOMMA-Album, verbrachten aber recht lange damit, elf neue Songs für einen Nachfolger zu komponieren. Die Labelsuche stellte sich dabei als weitere Schwierigkeit heraus, bis Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES) die Band dann zu Mausoleum Records führte.

Dort erscheint dieser Tage nun endlich das zweite Album mit dem Titel "I Am God" und enthält mehr als eine Stunde lang eine erneut sehr ordentliche Mischung aus typischem US Metal und Hardrock im Stile von RAINBOW und DIO. Letztgenannter ist dann auch die erste Person, an die man denkt, wenn man John Bommas Stimme zu hören bekommt, speziell in den etwas episch angelegteren Kompositionen wie 'Holy One' und 'Sing To Me' sowie beim stampfenden 'Revelation / Midnight Sunlight', das rein stilistisch auch prima zum "Holy Diver"-Album gepasst hätte. Doch RIVERA BOMMA sind weit davon entfernt, ein Abklatsch des kleinen Gesangsgottes zu sein, selbst wenn die Parallelen in nahezu allen Nummern offenkundig sind. Die Band orientiert sich nämlich nicht nur an epischen Vorgaben, sondern wählt zwischendurch auch einige sehr britische Einflüsse, so wie zum Beispiel die Melodieführung bei 'He Died For You', die verstärkt an IRON MAIDEN erinnert, oder aber die Arrangements bei 'I Am God', bei denen man Einflüsse aus der Tony-Martin-Phase von BLACK SABBATH heraushören kann. Aber auch hier gilt: Die Einflüsse sind unverkennbar, doch durch die eigenwilligen Improvisationen bewahren sich RIVERA BOMMA stets ihre Eigenständigkeit und ihren Stil.

Dass dieser (natürlich) noch nicht so ausgereift ist wie bei den großen Vorbildern, versteht sich von selbst, allerdings ist dieses Quartet in seiner Entwicklung schon enorm weit fortgeschritten, was die Reife solcher Songs wie 'Riding High' und 'Holy One' beweist. Das ist epischer Hardrock der allerfeinsten Machart, veredelt mit einer wunderbaren Gesangsstimme. Doch es ist nicht nur der Gesang, der auf diesem Album imponieren kann. Auch Rod Rivera an der Sechssaitigen kann mit seinem eigensinnigen Stil Akzente setzen. Der Mann scheint dabei vor allem eine Vorliebe für Flamenco-Gitarren zu haben, was sich neben dem Intro von 'Riding High' ganz besonders im hervorragenden Instrumental 'La Voz De Mi Guitarra' zeigt, bei dem Rivera seine Finger in bester Blackmore-Manier über das Griffbrett flitzen lässt. An anderer Stelle hingegen kreiert er dann eine voranstampfende Riffwand und zeigt hiermit gleichzeitig auch seine große stilsitische Bandbreite, die er leider aber auf diesem Album nur angedeutet, jedoch noch nicht ganz ausgereizt hat. Trotzdem: Der Mann hat echt was auf dem Kasten und weiß, wie er sein Können den Ansprüchen der jeweiligen Komposition entsprechend einbringen kann - man höre nur mal in das Titelstück hinein, und man wird verstehen, was gemeint ist.

Musikalisch ist "I Am God" darum auch wieder ein echter Leckerbissen und ganz klar einer der besten releases, die bei Mausoleum Records in diesem Genre über die letzten Monate verteilt erschienen sind. Für einen Jack Frost müsste es dementsprechend auch recht seltsam anmuten, wenn eine von ihm empfohlene Band seine eigenen Projekte in Grund und Boden stampft, doch dies sei nur am Rande erwähnt. Wer auf den alten Stoff der SEVEN WITCHES ebenso steht wie auf RAINBOW und DIO, sollte sich mal mit diesem Album befassen. Es lohnt sich!

HEAVY METAL DE


I AM GOD

RIVERA BOMMA


Was von der Ostküste der USA kommt ist nicht immer Bon Jovi oder typischer HC – es geht auch anders.

Die Band (für mich übrigens Anwärter des bescheuertsten Bandnamens), veröffentlicht im Februar 2006 dieses Album.

Das erste Album hieß „INVISIBLE FORCE“ und hatte einfache, simple Covergestaltung. Diesmal ist es sehr Phantasie mäßig aufgemacht. Ich würde schon eher sagen, etwas kitschig, oder sehr kitschig sogar?!

Kopf der Band, John Bomma, rottete wieder seine Musiker zusammen, und trug seine musikalischen Ergüsse ins Studio, um den Nachfolger von INVISIBLE FORCE aufzunehmen.

Mit an Bord sind Rod Rivera an der Gitarre, Tez Robles am Bass und Steve D. Riker am Schlagzeug, allesamt routinierte und gestandene Musiker.

Musikalisch hören wir typischen, amerikanischen Power Metal – klassisch und sehr melodisch. Die Vocals von John sind qualitativ erstrangig, jedoch bin ich schnell davon genervt, weil ich sie für ziemlich aufdringlich halte. Das liegt aber im Auge des Betrachters... der Powermetaller unter Euch wird sich freuen, eine solche Stimme zu hören.

Rod Rivera´s Gitarrenspiel ist gelungen, sehr abwechslungsreich und wirklich anspruchsvoll, jedoch bin ich ebenfalls kein Fan von Gitarrensoliorgien a la Malmsteen, und davon höre ich hier leider zu viel. Weniger ist manchmal mehr, ist meine Devise, und das Kitzeln des Sechssaiters hätte man ruhig etwas herunterschrauben können... hier gilt jedoch das gleiche wie meine Meinung über den Gesang. Es wird viele geben, die Rod dafür anbeten, und das ist völlig ok, denn spielen kann er auf jeden Fall.

Wenn man meine Kritik liest könnte man glauben, ich mag die Band nicht. IRRTUM. Mein persönlicher Geschmack liegt in anderen Musikrichtungen, ich zolle dieser Band jedoch meinen höchsten Respekt dafür, dass sie ausgezeichnete Leute an ihren Instrumenten sind. Sie spielen mit Hingabe und Passion, und mit jedem erneuten Hören kommen neue Impressionen zu Tage.

Das soll doch mal einer nachmachen.

Wer easy listening mag ist bei RIVERA BOMMA an der falschen Adresse; hier gilt es aufmerksam zuzuhören und zu verfolgen, welche Virtuosität hier an der Macht ist. Und das ist Macht!!!

Concrete web


RIVERA BOMMA: “I Am God” (Mausoleum – Music Avenue – Ideal – Suburban)

Named after its founding members guitarist/ multi instrumentalist Rod Bomma and singer John Bomma, this New Jersey based band was formed in 2000. Completing the line-up of this Christian Hard Rock quartet are bassist Taz Robles and drummer Steven D. Riker. Their strongly guitar driven debut album "Invisible Force" was released on Secret Port in 2002, gaining the band favourable reviews from all over the world, and as such encouraging the band to tour, and prepare for a 2 nd album. As fate would have it, they were recording this album in the same studio as Seven Witches/ Bronx Casket guitar player Jack Frost. After hearing the impressive album opening title track, Frost suggested the band contact the Mausoleum label. Which they clearly did, with positive results!

Musically, the band is best described as a mix of traditional Hard Rock (think Deep Purple, Rainbow) and melodic US Power Metal...with an occasional hint of Progressive thanks to the majestic keyboards, played on this album by guest musician Neil Rambaldi. Bomma is indeed often compared to a mix of Gillan and Dio, whilst Rivera is said to be parallel to Blackmore or Schenker (Michael, that is, not Rudolf), with an occasional Malmsteen-like shredding (listen to the Neo-Classically flavoured "Riding High"), and also playing some dazzling Latin Flamenco guitar (check out the instrumental masterpiece "La Voz De Mi Guitarra")! If the above sound to your liking, you certainly should check the album out. Of course, you'll have to take the lyrics along with it as well, but as a whole the songs are really well-written, and as long as you're not a complete Anti-Christian, you won't mind in the end!
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