Label: Off Yer Rocka / Cargo
Three similar bands:
Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Bombo
02. Backroom
03. Bad as Clint
04. Rock'n'Roll Skål
05. D.T.R.D.
06. Harmony
07. Better Safe (Than Sorry)
08. Liquid Lover
09. Suburb Baby Blues
10. 8-Ball

Pontus Snibb – vocals, guitar
Mikael Fässberg – guitar
Martin Ekelund – bass
Niklas Matsson – drums

Bonafide (2008)
Something's Dripping (2009)
Fill Your Head with Rock - Old, New, Tried & True (EP 2011)

Ultimate Rebel (2012)
Messin' In Wales (DVD 2013)

Gustav Kronfelt
Emil Lundberg
Filip Schröder
Anton Tronäss
Simon Fridh
Alexander Sallberg

Produced by Pontus Snibb
Recorded in Lemon Recording Studio
Engineered & Mixed by Martin Ekelund
Mastered by Erik Broheden at Masters of Audio
Cover layout and illustration by Björn Wallin

Released 2013-09-02
Reviewed 2013-09-04


off yer rocka

Well, I suppose that it isn’t much of a secret that we at Hallowed aren’t that impressed with Bonafide and their music. In fact, nothing of what they have done to date is to my liking and the DVD they released earlier this year was less than terrific. It was terrible. Bombo is the name of this new album which is their fourth album, it is a story in ten chapters. Is it possibly a detective novel, like those old ones you could buy in the newspaper stand in olden days. Days when the music Bonafide plays was popular. Well, this bonafide mystery can of course be either good or bad or in between, my opinion of it has of course not been formed by what I think of the band or of their past efforts.

Bombo has a cool cover artwork and the digipak version is well laid out as well, that is impressive and what about the album’s music then. It is like it was before, old school rock music plagiarised from the past heroes of Snibb and his guys. As it has always been. It is fresher than most stuff I have heard before from these guys, old school but with a more modern sound than we are used to from these guys. Not much difference though. Snibb sings really well, for the music he performs that is as I wouldn’t describe his voice as good in any other regard. I think it sounds like the band is in top form all through the album. A good performance and a fresh production of a classical rock styled album, I think fans will recognise the style of the band so they won’t be disappointed.

For the first time ever I can say that Bonafide has made a good album, a thing I saw as less logical than seeing a man walk on water or someone separating an ocean to walk through it, but it happened so maybe this is proof that Jesus actually existed. Although I don’t really buy that concept anyway. This album however does have good songs and it is catchy and it does not sound like it was conceived in a time long gone by a band from Australia. I like this, it is an enjoyable album and I have actually enjoyed listening to it for this review. Something that was a bit of a surprise for me.

Best is a trio of tracks that consist of Bad as Clint, Harmony and the ending 8-Ball, I like those songs quite a bit as they are very strong and likeable. I also think that the song called Rock’n’roll Skål is a good one but the title is silly, rock’n’roll bowl isn’t the greatest title, is it? I have one of those as well, it’s full of cookies at the moment. I think though that it is fairly easy to overlook those problems when we are finally treated to something worthwhile by Bonafide. I assume that the fans of the band and the fans of this kind of old school rock music will rejoice, and I also think that fans of most other music will enjoy this as well. Bombo is a pleasant surprise and a good album, I wasn’t expecting that from Bonafide.



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