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Toss Another Crossover Album On The Growing Pile - 60%

Shirt_Guy, July 23rd, 2008

This is a classic case of the mantra of underground elitists who talk about the way music should be done versus the opposition of those who complain about popular music being written by the book.

This goes right along with bands right behind Municipal Waste with the whole retro-80’s thrash/crossover throwback bands. You know, yelped vocals, gang shouts and tempos that would be off-the-hooks by 80’s standards. Gama Bomb prefers to have a lot of higher-then-the lowest string pedal tones in their guitars and key changing riffs, a skirmish taken right from the Slayer playbook.

To some, this could be yet another perfect old-school thrash album, especially with that spot-on production that makes all the instruments come off powerful and clear, as well as keeping the playing tight without coming off as guitar and drum automatons. They even nail the horror movie and video game references right from the 80’s too!

For those of you who can’t get enough of this stuff, Gama Bomb could very well top your year-end list. Perfect execution? Sure is, but if there was a book written on how to play this form of thrash, Gama Bomb have stuck to every convention possible. For those of you who are really interested in thrash collection of poignant bands, I’m sure many would easily point to Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, old Metallica, Exodus, Destruction, Voivod, Keator, Sodom, Suicidal Tendencies and Testament, with best newest bands to represent likely being The Haunted and Municipal Waste. I’m of course probably missing a few bands which many would cite as being incredibly important. I’d personally suggest Blood Tsunami as well, who went into sock-blowing territory with “Thrash Metal” in 2007, an album that pushed forward while at the same time learning the lessons of their old-school peers by actually listening to the bands that inspired their peers.

Certainly if “Citizen Brain” made it’s way into your album collection, you wouldn’t be disappointed at all, but you also won’t get anywhere near having your mind blown away.

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