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Gama Bomb is a band that kicks ass live. Despite the review I'm about to give, I can't wait to see them at Bloodstock this year. Their fast, brutal songs will give everyone there a great incentive to thrash, drink, and come away with a smile across their faces.
That said, this record is really just a load of generic, mediocre thrash riffs thrown together. If you asked your bog standard long-haired, stoner-type, beer-drinking thrash guitarist, fresh out out college, to sit down with his guitar and just come up with three or four "thrash" riffs, those riffs put together would form something similar to pretty much every song here. For those of you who still don't get what I mean: gallop a little on either your E or A string. Add some powerchords or trills on the seventh-eighth-tenth frets. Then play an F or G flat really fast, hit the octave at the start of every bar, and throw in some other notes for good measure. Then harmonize some riffs. Lob 'em all in a blender and the resulting smoothie will be reminiscent of every song here.
Now, I'm not saying the songs are bad, per say. I just think that the whole album is uninspired and lacks real uniqueness. 'Zombie Blood Nightmare', the opening track, begins with really fast guitars that just blast out half-scale runs accompanied by typical thrash drums - talented, but again, nothing new. Philly's vocals are similar to Tony Foresta's from Municipal Waste, taking that shouting-down approach with frequent backing vocals from the rest of the band. Guitar solos are placed in 2 or 4 bars after choruses, and showcase the standard tapping or dives. The guitars are distorted, the bass is thick, the drums are loud, and the vocals are fast. That's this song, and therefore all others, in a nutshell: a mold is created with this opening song that is not deviated from for the remainder of this LP.
The only really great song on this album is 'OCP' - a REALLY short song about cop-hatred that opens with a clip of Quagmire from the Family Guy series going "Nanananana" after which the song begins - pounding drums and slightly more interesting guitar patterns. The lyrics are quite amusing, with lines such as "...And cops don't like me (bitches please!)". Unfortunately, this only lasts all of 41 seconds. 'Sentenced to Thrash' is also quite catchy as regards the intro, with the drums employing a more Deicidal (is that an adjective? If so, it means similar to the death metal band Deicide) approach, with a pleasant snare/ride alteration that makes this another banging tune. Really boring songs here are 'Thrashaholic' - a boring 2-minute piece that contains particularly bad riffs and generic lyrics ("Straight edgers worst fears, we're addicted to beers") - and 'In the Court of General Zod', where the vocals just seem particularly weak.
I'm not gonna give this a big summary or conclusion. This is decent for the first listen; after that, you'll be reaching for the Slayer records. Don't waste your money getting this.