Bombay Black Mercy Kivel Records
Produced By: Ty Simms and Erik Johnson

Running Time: 41.32

Release Date: Out Now


Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Kivel Records
Songs: 80%
Sound: 86%
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.
The Bottom Line
The album sounds big and for the most part, the songs and a strong vocal performance propel that sound - coupled with some big hooks through the speakers into the minds of those listening. Once there it's hard to stop humming along. A couple more tracks with choruses as big as You For Me would have made the album even better, but as it is, it rocks hard and has a lot of attitude.
Recommended for fans of old school good time melodic hard rock.
Discography / Previously Reviewed

Line Up:
Erik Johnson: Vocals, Guitar
Jim Perry: Guitar, backing vocals
Rob McCauley: Drums, backing vocals
Ty Simms: Bass, backing vocals

Essential For Fans Of:
Kingofthehill - Kingofthehill
Extreme - Extreme
Track Listing
Bullet In My Head*
You For Me*
I'll Get Through*
Get Out*
Leave Me Alone
Fade Away
Blue Skies
Weight Of The World
Get Mad Get Even
--*Best Tracks

24/09/05: Neil -
Rating: 90
Hope I can pass comment on the basis of the two tracks I've listened to, including "Get out" featured in the lounge here (MR-X)...yeah, I like it: sounds 'big', guitars are in yer face and the riffing is quite inventive - if not quite the best material I've heard from a Kivel Records act, comes pretty close..

31/07/05: Fredinator - IRANOVRFRED@AOL.COM
Rating: 0
I find your comments somewhat flawed, and youve done this prior on other bands such as WALTHAM. YOu say this is a subpar album, not good etc...However your idea of a good band is NOTHING like the bands your saying stink. Saying this album is not good and Presto Ballet, Dream Theater, Shadow Gallery, Vanishing Point are GOOD. Is like me saying NELSON , BON JOVI , CINDERELLA stink, But METALLICA, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX are GREAT!!! How can you compare the two in one is better then the other sense when they are nothing alike!? Think before speaking. I think this is a SOLID album that is very enjoyable for fans of the fun rock sound of motley crue and bands alike

12/07/05: Freddy De Keyzer -
Rating: 65
Very average record.
Don't understand the positive comments from the others here.
It's all been done before, and often a lot better and with more class !
If this is one of the best releases in the hardrock field this year, than I'm Napoleon Bonaparte ! What about R.Rock, Starbreaker, Masterplan, Liesegang/White . . . to name a few ?
And what about other great releases as Presto Ballet, Dream Theater, Shadow Gallery, Vanishing Point . . . ?
These blow this recod off this planet !
And the running time is way too short !
I won't call this bad (it ain't)but it's not great or good neither.

07/07/05: Craig Kuhlman -
Rating: 95
top ten albums of the year. this is rock at it's finest. buy this record and blow your speakers out of your car!

02/07/05: Almir Fuschini -
Rating: 90
A great adiction to a poor first half of 2005.
Very energetic, with a lot of feel good rockers and no bullshit.
Bullet in My Head, Mission and Don't Get Mad are my favorites.
Great job guys, and congratulations for sticking to the roots.
There are people in the noticeboard complaining about the simplicity of the verses, but I heard a song from the album Icon from Wetton and Downes that says "Hey, Josephine, what did you mean..." and still think is a great song in a great album.
Some guys are too pickie...

30/06/05: Matt -
Rating: 95
I agree with all you guys. I also think andrews review was good, but i respectively didnt agree with his comparisions. I hear more CRUE, LYNCH, WHITESNAKE in the music, but thats just my take. Regardless of comparisions, this is one of my faves so far this year next to Harem Scarem and Gotthard.

29/06/05: Carl -
Rating: 100
Maybe Im biased, but this is one of the best discs this year. As stated before the production is awesome..great hooks, big vocals and everything sounds crystal clear (as all Kivel releases). Not a bad song on the disc (not even close to a bad song to these ears.) I dont hear Extreme at all and not even a hint of Kingofthehill. Its pretty heavy at times which is a good thing. They also manage to mix a more "modern" sound with old school and it works.

28/06/05: JB Mitchell -
Rating: 95
These guys never cease to amaze me at every show of theirs I go to. Their live sound is absolutely tight & they put on a helluva performance! So naturally, I had high expectations from Mercy, and they exceeded them. Can't wait for a follow up!

26/06/05: Dannation -
Rating: 94
As stated above production is fantastic. I agree with Andrew for the most part the only thing is I think the songs are slightly better than he does. I really like the Heavy guitars & Big '80's style hooks. I think if this band can put out another album next year we should see significant growth. It reminds me of Done with mirrors by Aerosmith. When I listened to that the first time I knew that it was a prelude to something really quailty down the road and what do you know the next Aerosmith album was premenant vacation.

25/06/05: Ugene -
Rating: 92
The production on this disk is outstanding....blows away most big tme acts! I like the sound...its got that 80's big guitar and vocal thing going on with more modern approach. I can see the Melodic Rock crowd digging it, but I also see songs like" leave me alone" being a good mainstream hit...hey a good song is a good song, I still catch myself humming it. Overall great songs and production rocks

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