Sjak : Despite of the fact that I’m a big thrash metal fan, I have never given the releases of the Irish outfit Gama Bomb a lot of attention. If I now listen to their meanwhile sixth full-length studio album ‘Speed Between The Lines’, I kinda wonder why because the band has quite a lot to offer. The “jumpy” riffs of the guitar duo Domo Dixon and John Roche really invite you to test your neck muscles to the extreme and there’s also nothing wrong with the vocals of Philly Byrne, who has returned after having had some trouble with his voice for the last couple of years. They know exactly how to combine the many lovely riffs and to package these in a number of great tunes, which will definitely be to the liking of most thrash metal fans.
The music of Gama Bomb shows some resemblance with bands like Municipal Waste and Nuclear Assault, but sounds a lot less chaotic which really contributes to the nice listening experience. On the other hand they sound a lot rawer than a number of their colleagues in the genre, which makes songs like ‘666teen’, ‘Bring Out The Monster’, ‘Alt-Reich’ and ‘World Gone To Hell’ to name just a few very worthwhile to listen to. The tempo is quite high, the song material sounds fresh and energetic and there’s also nothing to complain about the execution thereof. That account for the fact that ‘Speed Between The Lines’ has become a very nice thrash metal album, by which Gama Bomb was at least capable of attracting my attention. Therefore it’s probably also about time to check out their previous releases, because what they present on this sixth studio album has definitely surprised me in a positive way.