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Bohemian Kingdom
Style: Hard/Melodic Rock
Release date: 22 March, 2013
Playing time: 49:50

Fine tuned melodic rock with similar sound like Foregnier, Journey and Boston, but this band hails from Brazil and N.O.W is the band, which has packed this musical candy box. Alec Mendonça is the strong hand in this project. With a very gifted vocalist named Philip Bardowell this is a true ear-fest to me, because this sounds very pleasant and far from the heavy south American metal. This is very melodic and very much in the US hard rock genre. Clean, neat and very genuine written songs that create a pleasant 50 minutes with both something to attract the demanding fans in the genre and the average rock listeners.

Their debut album is from 2010, named 'Force of Nature', which can be heard on their MySpace page by the way. Well-dressed and impeccably sound flows out of my speakers. There are several songs that keep an amazing high level with strong harmonies, caressing choruses and lush guitars. Adult and mature rock with saxophone and flute is very uplifting and 'Bohemian Kingdom' is an album that grows with every spin.

Universal melodic rock that is equally suitable in US, Asia, Scandinavia or in the rest of the world. As you can believe this isn't  something for the death/thrash metal fans.

I find this album quite exciting and thrilling with it's wide spectra of instruments involved, and very strong vocals performance on all tracks. All the ten tracks are well written and each song has it's own soul. There are some small deductions that disables a higher overall rating from me. But my thumbs are up. A nice album...

Philip Bardowell – Vocals
Alec Mendonça - Bass & Vocals
Jean Barros – Keyboards, Piano & Vocals
Juno Moraes – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitars & Mandolin
Diogo Macedo – Drums
Backing Vocals: Mike Wallace, Matti Alfonzetti, Philip Bardowell, Alec Mendonça, Church Choir of Mission Viejo - California.
Saxophone & Flute: Zé Canuto
Guest Musicians: Anders Loos on Bass and Lars Chriss on Drums

01. Im Alive
I Feel Divine
Dont Go Now
Strong Enough
Tonight Is The Night
Bohemian Kingdom
Leons Going Soft
Cassies Dream
No One Can Feel Its Over
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 6 March, 2013
Website: www.escape-music.com