This is my second encounter with Sweden's Bonafide in as many months. Having just reviewed their recently released live DVD, I now have their brand new studio effort 'Bombo' in my hands and it's pure 'High Voltage'. This is Bonafide's fourth full length album and there is absolutely no sign of them slowing down or releasing an album lacking in 'T.N.T.'. If you dig Airbourne, Rhino Bucket, Kiss, Aerosmith and especially Bon Scott era AC/DC then this band are going to 'Walk All Over You'.
Since forming in Sweden in 2006 Bonafide have gathered a mighty following in their home country, honing their brand of 'Rock 'n' Roll Damnation' into an incredibly tight unit, thanks to almost non-stop gigging. Since 2011 they have been regular visitors to these shores and there's no 'Beating Around The Bush' these guys are the real deal. Lead vocalist, guitarist and principle songwriter Pontus Snibb (that really is one hell of a fabulous name) is a 'Rock 'n' Roll Singer' of the highest calibre. His rough but Jack Daniels coated voice is absolutely perfect for this band. Joined by second guitarist Mikael Fässberg they make a 'Live Wire' team providing great riffs and solos all over the place. Completing the lineup are Martin Ekelund on bass and Niklas Matsson on drums and if you want to be 'Kicked In The Teeth' then this rhythm section will oblige!
'Bombo' itself launches with the short but sweet title track and over the next, just shy of, forty minutes and ten tracks (even that sounds like an earlier AC/DC album), you better 'Stick Around' because Bonafide deliver big time. I love Airbourne, the band, but I think this is better than any of the three albums they've released so far. There is something so utterly relaxed and authentic about Bonafide and they really should be better known than they are. It just goes to prove what a funny old thing this 'Show Business' lark is, when being in the right place at the right time can propel you into the public eye regardless of what you've got to offer. We all know 'It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)’, but some bands do deserve that little bit of extra luck and Bonafide are one of those bands. Production and mastering on 'Bombo' is brilliant. That job has also been handled by Mr Snibb, proving he has a set of 'Big Balls'. It's not always an easy task to produce your own music and make it sound so good.
If you are ever on the 'Highway To Hell', travelling to 'Sin City' and Bonafide are in town, then check them out because, believe me, 'There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' if you do. In the meantime, get a copy of 'Bombo', turn it up loud and 'Let There Be Rock'. I'm off now to do just that and 'Overdose' on the sweet sound of what real rock 'n' roll is all about. Someone once said 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be' and with albums this good around I couldn't agree more!
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Review by Rick Tilley
2nd Sept 2013
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"...the sweet sound of what real rock 'n' roll is all about."