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GAMA BOMB are the metal world’s Kings Of Geek.
For a decade now, the Irish five-piece have mixed vintage thrash metal with absurd, acid-tongued lyrics, keeping it strictly old school even as they break very modern music industry taboos.
Adhering to self-imposed commandments that prohibit ballads, acoustic intros and the meat-headed tendencies of modern metal, GAMA BOMB went from a quiet corner of Ireland to global cult status in short order, and show no signs of letting up now.
With a string of three critically-lauded albums and a confrontational pro-file sharing stance that saw them go toe-to-toe with everyone from their contemporaries to rock’s old guard, GAMA BOMB never lost sight of their goal: to make killer, neck-wrecking thrash metal.
THE TERROR TAPES
GAMA BOMB’s fourth album The Terror Tapes, released in April on AFM Records, tears the old speed metal formula a new asshole, and then buys it a pint.
The Terror Tapes is a battery of sing-along anthems that never let the needle drop out of the red, melding a very modern geek’s-eye view of the world with classic metal song writing.
They’re songs that are inspired by midnight movies, hard touring and a comprehensive knowledge of near-forgotten thrash demos, now tempered by a year of hard struggle for the band.
Following 2009’s Tales from the Grave in Space, one of the first albums to be released as a free download by a signed band, GAMA BOMB changed labels, welcomed a new guitarist and dealt with injury, therapy and surgery all in twelve short months.
Now, as they return with nothing less than the most striking thrash album in 20 years under their belts, it’s clear the Geeks shall inherit the Earth.