Friday, 23 October 2015

Gama Bomb `Untouchable Glory’ Album Review


Hailing from Newry, Northern Ireland, Gama Bomb’s agenda is to create a no holds bar thrash band with no synths, no ballads and no clean guitars and with their vocalist Phil Byrne undergoing throat back in 2012, you would think that Gama Bomb’s agenda would have softened? 

Well ok Gama Bomb aren’t a typical modern thrash band that have taken a bit of death metal and a chunk of thrash and mixed it together, no, this is more old school thrash possibly even before it really developied. Think old school Exodus, Anvil or Metallica, clean vocals to a degree and certainly the guitar riffs are caught speeding through at a million miles a second. I mean the album is literally 32 minutes long.

`Untouchable Glory’ sets off and ends in pretty much the same fashion, fast and relentless from `Ninja Untouchables/ Untouchable Glory’ through to the final track `After the Fire’ the guitar riffs run rampant, speeding through each song like Usain Bolt in a hurry. What you definitely notice on most of the songs has a proper genuine band vibe with crowd chants sung by the band, it just really feels like they’re amusing themselves. 

One thing you definitely are made aware of pretty damn quickly is that this band likes a bit fun, poking fun at modern life in `Tuck Your T-Shirt In’ or on `Drinkers, Inc.’ Where they take the upright piss out of the zombification of life. Pay your mortgage, minding your P and Q’s and dental plans, not something that an upstanding thrasher should be thinking. 

The album does feel like each song rolls into another, as good and fun they are, it feels like you’ll forget for example track 2 by track 7. Honestly, by having a few less songs or making a song slightly different it would definitely lift this album up from simply a solid album.

What Gama Bomb’s created in `Untouchable Glory’ is a pretty solid album, although what it lacks are a few memorable, you know the type you will remember when listening to track 9. Yet, it’s still fast; it’s certainly Thrashy and will definitely have the crowd acting like a manic. 

6.5/10- Solid thrash album but lacks that kill blow. 

Stand out tracks:
`Ninja Untouchables/ Untouchable Glory’, `Tuck Your T-Shirt In’ and `Witching Mania’ 

Track Listing:
1. Ninja Untouchables/Untouchable Glory
2. Avenge Me!
3. Drinkers, Inc.
4. My Evil Eye
5. Tuck Your T-Shirt In
6. Ride The Night
7. She Thing
8. Witching Mania
9. James Joints
10. Raging Skies
11. I Will Haunt You
12. After The Fire

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