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Gama Bomb – Untouchable Glory Review

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Released by: AFM Records

Release date: 30 October 2015

Genre: Thrash, Razor Metal

Links: Facebook , Gamabombmerch

 

Lineup:

Philly Byrne – Vocals

Domo Dixon – Lead Guitar

John Roche – Lead Guitar

Joe McGuigan – Bass And Vocals

Paul Caffrey – Drums

 

Track Listing:

01. Ninja Untouchables/Untouchable Glory

02. Avenge Me!

03. Drinkers, Inc.

04. My Evil Eye

05. Tuck Your T-Shirt In

06. Ride the Night

07. She Thing

08. Witching Mania

09. James Joints

10. Raging Skies

11. I Will Haunt You

12. After the Fire

 

I have always been a massive thrash metal fan. Since the mid-80’s I have devoured as much of this style as possible. Many of those same bands I started on in high school are still out there doing it, but there are also plenty of bands today that are keeping that sound alive as well. None do it better than Ireland’s Gama Bomb. Culling their sound from that early thrash music, 1950’s sci-fi films, and comic book ideas, they are a brash, no holds barred and fun band.

With their latest offering, Untouchable Glory, the band tap into 1970’s Exploitation and Kung Fu movies as their topic, delivering a brilliant album of fast paced riffs, catchy hooks, tasty solos, and a melodic vocal style that meshes perfectly with the chaos of the speed of the songs. Domo Dixon and John Roche are insanely good players, with nimble fingers that defy logic. Drummer Paul Caffrey must have eight arms to play the drums with such speed and intensity and bassist Joe McGuigan is as much a musical freak as the rest. Singer Philly Byrne’s vocals are reminiscent of the greats of yesteryear without sounding exactly like any of them. Tracks like “She Thing,” “Witching Mania” and “After the Fire” are fast, furious and fun, as is the rest of the album.

I saw these guys live several years ago and it was a treat to watch them perform. This album continues their brilliant speed thrash metal mixture trajectory they have been on since forming in 2002. Untouchable Glory is yet another entertaining masterpiece from these masters of this genre. Hopefully the intensity won’t melt your speakers and eardrums. If you survive, you are in for an old school treat.

 

Written by: Chris Martin
 

Ratings: Chris 8/10

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