GAMA BOMB

Thrash Metal • United Kingdom
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GAMA BOMB is UK ( Nothern Ireland) based thrash metal/ crossover act formed in 2002. After releasing a couple of demos the band released their debut full-length studio album "Survival of the Fastest" in 2005. "Citizen Brain" followed in 2008. Their third full-length studio album "Tales from the Grave in Space" was released in 2009. GAMA BOMB play a mix of thrash metal and crossover not far removed from a band like MUNICIPAL WASTE.

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GAMA BOMB albums / top albums

GAMA BOMB Survival of the Fastest album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
Survival of the Fastest
Thrash Metal 2005
GAMA BOMB Citizen Brain album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Citizen Brain
Thrash Metal 2008
GAMA BOMB Tales From the Grave in Space album cover 4.19 | 4 ratings
Tales From the Grave in Space
Thrash Metal 2009
GAMA BOMB The Terror Tapes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Terror Tapes
Thrash Metal 2013
GAMA BOMB Untouchable Glory album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Untouchable Glory
Thrash Metal 2015
GAMA BOMB Speed Between The Lines album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speed Between The Lines
Thrash Metal 2018
GAMA BOMB Sea Savage album cover 4.92 | 2 ratings
Sea Savage
Thrash Metal 2020

GAMA BOMB EPs & splits

GAMA BOMB Zombi Brew / Unholy Driver album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zombi Brew / Unholy Driver
Thrash Metal 2007
GAMA BOMB Half Cut album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Half Cut
Thrash Metal 2010
GAMA BOMB Terrorscope album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Terrorscope
Thrash Metal 2013

GAMA BOMB live albums

GAMA BOMB demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

GAMA BOMB The Survival Option album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Survival Option
Thrash Metal 2002
GAMA BOMB The Fatal Mission album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Fatal Mission
Thrash Metal 2004

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GAMA BOMB singles (4)

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Ninja Untouchables / Untouchable Glory
Thrash Metal 2015
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She Thing
Thrash Metal 2015
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666teen
Thrash Metal 2018
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Give Me Leather
Thrash Metal 2018

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GAMA BOMB Reviews

GAMA BOMB Sea Savage

Album · 2020 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Since being a teenager, my favourite subgenre of Metal has always been Thrash Metal. However, for some bizarre reason, when the New Wave Of Thrash Metal started, and lots of younger bands started making top quality Thrash, I utterly slept on it, not exploring it at all, or sometimes I even outright dismissed it.

This year I’ve been rectifying that, giving bands like Hazzerd, Harlott, Hyades, Havok, Power Trip, Lich King, Mosh-Pit Justice and Municipal Waste their fair shot and being won over time and time again.

The one exception to my New Thrash blind spot has always been Gama Bomb, maybe its because they’re my fellow countrymen, maybe its because they strike the right balance of humour and fun without descending into parody, maybe its just because they write the most memorable songs, but even when I had a “1980s or GTFO” attitude towards Thrash, I’d still find time to listen to Gama Bomb, recommend them to people, and I was even lucky enough to see them live (remember concerts guys?) when a guitarist I knew gave me a free ticket and transport (good guy!) back before I went to concerts regularly or was able to drive.

Many years since I first went in on the band with their Tales From The Grave In Space record, Gama Bomb have now released what I believe to be not only their best album to date, not only one of the best NWOTM albums I’ve heard, not only an album as good as what the ‘80s bands can put out nowadays, but one of the straight-up best Thrash albums I’ve heard to date from any era.

You heard that right. This album is their best one yet. This album can stand proudly up to the best things Slayer or Anthrax have been putting out since the ‘00s, and this album can stand up happily to some things Death Angel or Heathen were putting out in the late ‘80s. Never mind simply holding its own; this album is actively better than most of the output Thrash bands put out in the ‘90s and arguably better than some (if not a lot) classic Thrash and Proto-Thrash albums of 1983-1985 too!

I was a week one buyer (December 2020) after getting mega hyped by the pre-release singles, but it has taken me this long to write a review simply because I wanted to make sure how hard I like it wasn’t just hype or a sort of bubble-gum scenario where the flavour will go away really soon kind of thing. However, a few months later and I still think this record is a damn masterpiece of Thrash.

Songs like “Miami Super-Cops,” “Sea Savage,” “Ready, Steady…Goat!” and “Sheer Khan” just get stuck in my head for days. I have so often been on a walk these days and been unable not to sing aloud “Down, down, town!” during “Miami Super-Cops” when I had otherwise been walking in silence, sometimes leading passers-by to look at me like I am a lunatic. I don’t care, its so catchy it is irresistable!

Alongside top notch, catchy as hell tunes, everything else works perfectly. The production is tight, the playing is brilliant, the vocals just get better every time you hear them (some of those crazy Agent Steel-style screeches are so catchy) and the mixture between serious traditional Thrash music but goofy lyrics just works so well (but importantly, without being comedy music, which is always a turn-off for me). For example, when they go into “What shall we do with a drunken sailor” in the middle of the title track, it comes across as really clever even though it probably shouldn’t.

In summary, if you like Thrash Metal and can get over the fact that the band are not from the 1980s, you absolutely need this album in your collection, no questions asked.

GAMA BOMB The Terror Tapes

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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J-Man
Northern Ireland's Gama Bomb are often cited as one of the best contemporary bands playing classic crossover thrash, and although it wasn't until 2013's The Terror Tapes that I finally gave the band a listen, this album makes it clear to me why they are so highly regarded by fans of the genre. With their fourth full-length album, Gama Bomb delicately (or not-so-delicately) balances a humorous lyrical approach with killer thrash riffs and irresistible punk energy, resulting in a listen that is nothing but fun from start to finish.

The Terror Tapes doesn't contain anything too revolutionary, but when we're talking about songs with guitar solos as blistering as those heard on “We Started the Fire”, riffs as quirky as the carnival-styled “Terrorscope”, and vocals as powerful as Philly Byrne's performance on “Backwards Bible”, it's clear that this is still a fine example of kick-ass crossover thrash. Established fans of Gama Bomb, as well as followers of bands like Municipal Waste, Birth AD, and Havok, should have no trouble loving these tapes!

GAMA BOMB Tales From the Grave in Space

Album · 2009 · Thrash Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
Gama Bomb are a band principally from Northern Ireland, who play a very strict 1980’s influenced form of Crossover/Thrash Metal and incorporate a lot of humour into their lyrics.

Tales From The Grave And Space is their third full-length studio album, after 2006’s Survival Of The Fastest and 2008’s Citizen Brain. It was released in 2009 on Earache Records and is currently available for free legal download off of Earache’s website.

The musicianship is absolutely top notch and even more surprisingly, the production is of the absolute highest quality. This album sounds as almost as good in terms of production as other Thrash Metal albums from 2009 from long established bands like Exodus’s Exhibit B and Megadeth’s Endgame.

Highlights include ‘New Eliminators Of Atlantis B.C.’ as well as ‘We Respect You,’ and album closer ‘Mummy Invasion,’ all of which are fast and straightforward thrash metal numbers; mostly with more of an East Coast feel than Bay Area if you want to get more specific. The album is twelve tracks long, clocks in at half an hour in length.

As singer Philly Byrne has been known to say live ‘I hope you like songs that sound exactly like that one.’ Gama Bomb don’t incorporate anything else into their sound other than pure thrash metal; there are no ballads, no atmospheric buildups, no eastern scales and no fifteen minute progressive songs.

If you are a big fan of Nuclear Assault, S.O.D, Sacred Reich and more modern acts like Municipal Waste, SSS and Evile then Gama Bomb are certainly a worthwhile proposition that you should check out.

This album is very strong and no serious complaints can be made about any aspect of it other than the simple fact that it doesn’t come from the 80s and that there isn’t a whole lot of variety on offer, but if you expect any you may be missing the point of this band a little. If you hate humour in your thrash, you also may want to give it a miss, otherwise however Tales From The Grave And Space is a very good album that thrash fans should seriously enjoy.

GAMA BOMB Survival of the Fastest

Album · 2005 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
Survival of the Fastest is the debut full-length studio album by UK ( Northern Ireland) crossover/ thrash metal act Gama Bomb. The album was independently released in a very limited amount of copies in September 2005. Survival of the Fastest has later seen a label release when it was re-released by Witches Brew with two additional tracks taken from the band´s 2004 demo The Fatal Mission.

The music on the album is classic fast-paced crossover/ thrash metal. An old school eighties style that a band like Municipal Waste has also been a succesful exponent of in the last 5 - 10 years. The music is simple, raw and powerful. When it is most hardcore punk influenced I´m reminded a bit of Dayglo Abortions, but Gama Bomb generally put emphasis on their thrash metal elements. The vocals are really enjoyable. They are raw and full of attitude. There are even some high pitched screaming and also occasional riot gang vocals in the music. The 11 tracks on the album are all pretty short ( 2 - 3 minutes in length), but very effective. This is perfect music for drinking beer, putting on your old denim jacket and banging your head til it hurts. The band´s kitchy horror lyrics are of the kind that puts a smile on my face. Songtitles like Zombie Creeping Flesh, Zombie Kommand and Hell Trucker are brilliant in my book. Of course it´s so and so with the originality and the songs are also rather one-dimensional in the end. I can´t say it bothers me much, but I guess the album could have been a bit more diverse.

The production is raw and a bit primitive, but it´s still pretty enjoyable. After all it´s an independent release.

Survival of the Fastest is not the best crossover/ thrash metal release I´ve ever heard, but it´s an enjoyable album that fully deserves a 3 star rating.

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