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Gama Bomb

Gama Bomb are an Irish thrash metal band mainly based in the UK and Europe.

Beginnings: 2002-200.

Gama Bomb formed in 2002 and soon built up a loyal following in their native Ireland and the UK, which they consolidated with a rigorous touring schedule and frequent forays into self-released recording. The band first gained attention with their demo The Survival Option in the same year. Relentlessly touring was paired with 2003's The Fatal Mission single. At this time frontman Philly Byrne often appeared on stage dressed as a chef, a priest, a pirate and an unhi ...read more

Gama Bomb are an Irish thrash metal band mainly based in the UK and Europe.

Beginnings: 2002-200.

Gama Bomb formed in 2002 and soon built up a loyal following in their native Ireland and the UK, which they consolidated with a rigorous touring schedule and frequent forays into self-released recording. The band first gained attention with their demo The Survival Option in the same year. Relentlessly touring was paired with 2003's The Fatal Mission single. At this time frontman Philly Byrne often appeared on stage dressed as a chef, a priest, a pirate and an unhinged scientist in an ever more outrageous live stage show, which frequently included a Thrash Metal version of 80's TV show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme tune.

Survival of the Fastest: 2005-200.

Gama Bomb released their full-length debut Survival of the Fastest (Produced by Alwyn Walker) through European music label Witches Brew in early 2006. The album, which had originally been independently released in a limited edition format in late 2005, included many of the bands then live staples of which many, aside from those present on previous EP releases, had never been commercially available. The 2006 version of the album features the bonus tracks "M.A.D." and "The Survival Option" from their 2004 Fatal Mission single.

Zombi Brew split 7" EP with Black Siste.

In May 2007, Gama Bomb joined Hungarian thrash band Black Sister on a split 7" EP released by Problem? Records. The Gama Bomb side featured new tracks "Zombi Brew" and "Frightmare On Hell St" together with a cover of punk band The Dangerfields' song, "Maniac". The EP was released exclusively on 7" vinyl and limited to 200 copies.

Earache and Citizen Brain: 2009-Presen.

In September 2007, Gama Bomb announced that they signed a recording contract with Earache Records. The band lent the song "Zombi Brew" to the "Thrashing Like A Maniac" compilation released by Earache Records, alongside other new Thrash artists such as Evile, Municipal Waste, Short Sharp Shock and Send More Paramedics. In April 2008 Earache confirmed the release of Gama Bomb's Earache debut Citizen Brain for early June 2008. The album was released in July 2008 to overwhelmingly positive reviews. The band have toured Europe extensively to support the album. Since the release of Citizen Brain, the band have been vocal in their support of music downloading, and led a campaign to 'Stamp Out Inferior Metal' on their 2008 Thrashing Like A Maniac Tour, asking fans to bring along CDs they regret buying and destroy them at shows. In summer 2009, the band played mainstage slots at European metal festivals Hellfest in France and Tuska Open Air in Finland alongside Mötley Crüe, WASP, Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies. In January 2009 they were voted best newcomer in a Terrorizer magazine readers' poll, and toured Europe with Exodus and Overkill in early 2009.

Tales from the Grave in Space : 2009 / 201.

Gama Bomb announced via their MySpace blog in August 2009 that they were returning to the studio to record their third album Tales from the Grave in Space for a November 2009 release. The album was produced by Scott Atkins, who produced the band's Citizen Brain album.

On September 8 the band announced that Tales from the Grave in Space would be released online completely free on November 5 at earache.com/gamabomb via Rapidshare., making them the first metal band to ever release an album for free while signed to a record label. Issue 200 of the UK version of Metal Hammer sold in branches of Tesco also came with a copy of the CD.

In March 2010 Gama Bomb were nominated in the Best Underground Band category of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. They are due to support Sepultura on their upcoming UK tour and will tour the USA with thrash stalwarts Overkill and Forbidden this November and December. Musical style and lyrical theme.

Stylistically rooted in 1980s thrash metal the band have stated influences include acts such as Nuclear Assault, Kreator, Agent Steel, Sodom, old Slayer, and early Megadeth. Allmusic also labeled their music as punk metal (crossover thrash).

Gama Bomb's lyrics often refer to the horror, action and sci-fi movies, cartoons and computer games of the 1980s, as well as paying tribute to many classic heavy metal themes. They also write topical songs on social issues like racism and global warming. The band is known for injecting their own sense of humour into their lyrics, with bizarre song concepts which lampoon classic thrash metal topics. Recurrent themes to be found in Gama Bomb songs are cannibalism, war, zombies, human sacrifice, ghosts and murder.

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LPs
The Terror Tapes
05/07/2013

3
15 Votes
Tales From the Grave in Space
2009

3.4
71 Votes
Citizen Brain
2008

3.5
69 Votes
Survival of the Fastest
2006

2.7
26 Votes
EPs
Half Cut
2010

3.7
3 Votes

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