Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gama Bomb - Untouchable Glory (2015)

It is once again time to summon our inner thrash guy, and indulge ourselves in the pride and joy of Northern Ireland, Gama Bomb. And judging by the cover, they are better and crazier than ever, paying homage to Hong Kong Kung-Fu movies, James Bond, and snakes that knows how to blow up shit. And sure enough, "Untouchable Glory" is another album filled with what the guys does best, blasting out riffs and beats in a incredible fast pace, while shouting lyrics that are hard to comprehend.

The band's humour has always been their greatest asset, to create a crazy fast spoken story that may be hard to sing along with and discover with only your ears at your disposal, but once you open up that lyric sheet, you will get a good laugh out of it. Actually, the laughs comes early on when you glance at the titles. How can one go wrong with titles like "Drinkers, Inc." and "James Joints".

Just like in the predecessor "The Terror Tapes", the band has made a great effort in making every song in here memorable, a problem that is common in crossover thrash albums. Despite that every song has more or less the same speed, they all have small, intricate details that makes them stand out, whether it be a great and groovy chorus ("Avenge Me!"), funny lyrics ("My Evil Eye"), insane riffing ("She Thing"), or Snoop Dogg references ("James Joints").

Despite containing 12 songs, the album is barely over half an hour long, which I am not surprised over since the genre is built around shorts songs. Fortunately, the only song that is too short is "James Joints", and that song is long enough (1 minute) to pack some good punch in it. It is a shame that the album ends in the blink of an eye, but at least the band favours quality over quantity, which is always good.

The only thing that really bothers me with this record is that they got rid of the thing that got me hooked to the band in the first place, the sci-fi vibe. I guess that "My Evil Eye" and "I Will Haunt You" still have some of that in it, but it is certainly not the focal point anymore. I am not saying that it is a bad decision of the band to focus on other themes and such, but it is a shame that they leave their roots behind to rot. Okay, I am being a little too nostalgic here, so let us get to the closing words of this review before I start a "this band used to be good" rant, because that would just consist of me lying straight to your faces.

For those of you who are experienced with the band, you know what to expect, they do not surprise you with any new age influence here. It is good old crossover thrash from first to last minute, so if you have enjoyed any of the band's previous albums, you should enjoy this one as well, because it is packed with the same amount of action that Bruce Lee got. The glory may be untouchable, but it is well worthy of the band.

Songs worthy of recognition: Avenge Me!, "Drinkers, Inc.", My Evil Eye, I Will Haunt You

Rating: 8,5/10 Ninjas

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