When a band decides that they are going to let their fans download their album for free (legally), one has to question why. GAMA BOMB decided that for one day they would post their entire new album up for free download for their fans and it made me excited and skeptical. Was the album rushed? Would it be released in a full format? Is GAMA BOMB bombing themselves out? So after downloading my free copy of their latest, “Tales From The Grave In Space”, I must say this. Do not worry, Thrashers of the world, for GAMA BOMB has not tried to pull the wool over our eyes. This album is still the same energetic, humorous, and impressive Irish band that I have come to love. No fuck ups here.
Of course fans of the quick rising GAMA BOMB are going to love this album. As I said, it’s not all that different from their last Thrash opus “Citizen Brain” in writing or performances (although small bits and pieces do give this album its own signature). So if you love you some of the Punk crazy work of this band then you might as well just buy this album right now and not worry about it.
“Tales From The Grave In Space” has the band once again focusing on their speed for the majority of the album. The triplet riffs, the shredding solos, the frenetic bass work, and that ever jarring snare driven drum push is pretty consistent throughout the record, driving the Punk influence and the Thrash love like a bullet through your brain. This band never feels to be ‘holding back’ from anything. Hell, even the vocalist seems to be nailing more high note shrieks then ever before (I know some people tend to dislike that part but I love it! Just check out pretty much any of the tracks and you are going to hear at least one). This band is focused on speed, like always, and they do it well.
In all honesty though, it would be nice to see the band throw in something a little new here and there. “Tale From The Grave In Space” is somewhat of a one sided battle. It’s focused on speed and by the end it does tend to run a bit together. Luckily, GAMA BOMB keeps the album short to prevent too much repetitiveness so it’s not a horrible aspect. As a fan though, I would like to see something of an interlude or break in the face smashing Thrash. It’s just a small thing that would go a long way.
GAMA BOMB do it again. “Tales From The Grave In Space” is another Thrashterpiece from their already impressive canon of albums. It’s nothing too new and it works against the release occasionally, but its hard to deny the charm of these Irish badasses. Highly recommended.
Songs to check out: “Slam Anthem”, “We Respect You”, “Three Witches”.
(Online January 30, 2010)