Release Date: April 19, 2013
Label: AFM Records
The Irish. A group of people considered to be the gods of all hell raisers among us denizens of the big blue marble, we call earth. Originally being an act of survival during the 17th and 18th century, the practice of consuming the ‘occasional’ alcoholic beverage ejaculated its dirty little juices and soaked itself into the culture of the Irish thus causing the Fenians to bloom from a bunch of poverty-stricken peasants to a race boasting of virility to the zenith, guzzling beer and cursing at every nincompoop down the street. Add a wee amount of lady bits and the good lord’s stuff, you get a bunch of people at the pinnacle of good-natured debauchery and violent fun which exactly matches with the spirit of thrash metal, which was formed in the early ‘80s as a medium to say a ginormous “F**k You” to the L.A. glam scene. Irish thrash metal stalwarts Gama Bomb have come out with their fourth album, titled The Terror Tapes as a follow-up to the highly successful Tales From The Grave In Space.
The album starts with “Wrong Stuff” which has an intro filled with drum rolls and palm muted chugs, followed by a very mischievous rhythm structure. Philly Byrne incorporates a clean vocal approach in the song, which has a haunting pre-chorus, but an extremely mediocre solo. “Legend of Speed” starts with a very thrashy guitar riff and is a typical thrash metal song and during the solo, Paul Caffrey executes some decent beats on the double bass. “Legend Of Speed” is followed by “Backwards Bible” which again follows the classic pattern of breakneck masturbation on the lower two strings of the guitar. The solo by Domo Dixen is highly commendable. “Beverly Hill Robocop” and “Smoke The Blow With Willem Dafoe” does not change in texture and follows the same pattern, with the former having some unique riffing in the mid-section and a face-melting solo.
On the other side, “We Started The Fire” is somewhat different from the previous songs with a melodic pre-chorus and inclusion of some nice double-bass work. The pace of the song increases rapidly in the middle and stagnates for the rest of the song. “Terrorscope” has an amazing solo which incorporates a very jazzy structure. You can actually visualize Jerry kicking the life out of Tom or Roadrunner taking the mickey out of Coyote when the solo comes on (no shit).
“The Cannibals Are In The Street (Therefore) All Flesh Must Be Eaten” follows the same thrash metal structure. “Shitting Yourself To Live” and “Matrioshka Brain” continue the carnage. “Metal Idiot” is somewhat different and opens with a fast triplet structure and slows down during the solo which was a much-needed change. The song goes back to breakneck speed. “Wrecking Ball” starts with a gallop structure and goes back to thrash.
Gama Bomb is thrash. No holds barred. There is no bullshit, there are no games. Just pure fuckin’ badass, ugly, skull splitting, spine shattering, nose breaking, genital pounding testosterone to the fullest. There might be some people who differ with me, but in my humble opinion, I think an opus of music can be called an ‘Album’ if you can listen to it in a single stretch, which is not the case with The Terror Tapes. It is just the same song structure throughout the entire album and there is an extremely negligible use of any other style, as ayurveda to the ears . The monotony of the album is extremely claustrophobic and one tends to press the stop button about four songs into the record, which is the reason I brand this musical effort as a collection of songs and not an album. As a verdict, I would say this album does not shit genius and pick it up only if you are a fan of the band.