Saturday, January 30, 2010

Album Review - New Gama Bomb!

Gama Bomb - Tales From The Grave In Space

Since their inception in 2002, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have made quite a splash in the European metal scene and are now also garnering a great deal of respect from headbangers here in the states. Their sophomore effort, Tales From The Grave In Space, released as a free download via Earache Records in late 2009 is now available in stores in 2010. Tales sees Gama Bomb’s most crushing work to date. Clocking in at just over thirty minutes, their latest is a bare bones thrash record that foregoes pomp and circumstance and cuts right to the chase.

Stylistically the album doesn’t stray too far from the sound of its predecessor Citizen Brain, but thrash metal has never been known for much innovation. Gama Bomb pass on virtuosic musicianship and innovation and rather opt for a full on thrash assault; chugging speed riffs, blistering solos, thunderous drumming and high-pitched demonic wails ala Tom Araya of Slayer.

Take one look at their lyrics and your appreciation of Gama Bomb’s latest may just increase tenfold, that is if you have a good sense of humor. Where Citizen Brain saw Gama Bomb tackle subjects including zombies, global warming, crime, and thrashaholism, Tales From The Grave In Space deals with mummies, Mussolini, ninjas, ghosts, witches and more. Its clear that while the band are serious about their tunes, they’re not afraid to have fun with their subject matter.

Today’s neo-thrash revival bands, Gama Bomb included, often fall under fire for being one-trick ponies, and while it would be quite a stretch to call anything flagship neo-thrashers like Municipal Waste or say Toxic Holocaust are doing radically progressive, their apparent lack of innovation does not discredit their contributions to the modern metal scene at large.

As is apparent by the popularity and success these bands have gained, many metal fans are still down for a good time album, and Tales is just that. It revels in its own simplicity at a time when so many contemporary metal acts strive for, and some would argue go overboard with, technicality and complexity.

If a fun party-thrash record is what you’re after than Tales From The Grave In Space is just what you need, but if you’re looking for metal with a little more substance than this album may leave something to be desired. Simple? Yes. Groundbreaking? Not so much. What Gama Bomb lack in variance they more than make up for with twelve tracks of hard-hitting mosh-worthy thrash, and in the end if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Movie Time!

Enjoy this goofy promo video I put together this afternoon. Are you ready? February 5th, tune in!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Airtime Announced, Get Stoked!

The Combine on WECB is back this semester every Friday from 2-4 PM EST starting with our first show of the new year on February 5! Be sure to tune in on the 5th, and get ready for big things in 2010!

Oh, and check out this video... live footage of a brand new song from After The Burial. Bootleg quality, but its listenable. The new song, "My Frailty" sounds pretty heavy, I'm looking forward to their new album this year.

P.S. are you twitter? follow @CombineOnWECB please!

Next week!

Just wanted to let you all know that the show starts next week! The program director at WECB is currently working on getting our semester schedule done, I'll know when The Combine will be airing this semester on friday and will let you know a.s.a.p.

Until then, small update for you: the show now has a presence on twitter so you can follow us @CombineOnWECB for show updates, interview info, show info, etc. etc. Feel free to tweet me some feedback or requests over there and tell your friends who enjoy metal & hardcore to follow as well. Thanks!

Until the show starts next week, here's a great interview with Tosin Abasi (conducted by Jam Play, not me) of Animals as Leaders and Born of Osiris. He's a phenomenal musician and this interview is pretty cool, check it out!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blog Updates & Upcoming Shows

Hey metal fans, things have been pretty quiet over here during my winter break but the show will be up n' running again soon, so look for updates to follow over the next few weeks. In the mean time I just wanted to let followers of the show & blog know that The Combine will be amped up this semester with more interviews and blog content than before. Keep your eyes peeled for interviews with Revocation (, Cameron Argon of Disfiguring The Goddess ( and now Burning The Masses (, and many more!

I'm definitely excited about the coming semester and all the new stuff I'm hoping to bring to the show and blog, I hope you are too. Stay tuned for updates, I'll keep you posted. In the mean time here's a list of metal shows in the area you might want to check out.

1/6 Razoraze 'Winter Plunderland' Tour Kickoff Rager @ Great Scott, Allston
1/17 The Acacia Strain, Disembodied @ Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke
1/23 Arch Enemy, Exodus, Arsis, Mutiny Within @ Worcester Palladium
1/29 Devildriver & Behemoth + @ Worcester Palladium
1/30 Epica, Threat Signal, Blackguard @ Worcester Palladium
2/5 Sebastian Bach @ Worcester Palladium
2/6 Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, God Forbid + @ Worcester Palladium
2/6 Winds of Plague & Despised Icon + @ Rocko's Manchester, NH
2/12 The Acacia Strain *DVD Release Party* @ Worcester Palladium
2/13 Four Year Strong, The Bled + @ Allston ICC
2/13 Vanna, A Loss For Words + @ Worcester Palladium
2/17 Skeletonwitch & Doomriders + @ Great Scott, Allston
2/17 American Me, Deez Nuts + @ Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke
3/3 Otep, Bury Your Dead, Through The Eyes Of The Dead + @ Worcester Palladium
3/4 ABACABB, Molotov Solution + @ Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke
3/5 Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium + @ Worcester Palladium
3/6 Hammerfall & Powerglove + @ Worcester Palladium
3/14 The Red Chord, My Children My Bride + @ Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke
3/21 Thy Will Be Done + @ Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke
3/21 The Black Dahlia Murder + @ Middle East, Cambridge
4/2 Overkill, Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer + @ Worcester Palladium
4/3 Sonata Arctica, Mutiny Within + @ Worcester Palladium
4/4 Unearth, Veil of Maya, Carnifex, Stick To Your Guns + @ Worcester Palladium
4/9 Finntroll, Moonsorrow + @ Worcester Palladium
4/13 A Day To Remember & August Burns Red + @ House of Blues, Boston

Hopefully I'll see you in the pit at a few of these. On a note of personal recommendation, I would highly recommend seeing The Acacia Strain at their DVD release party on February 12. Tickets are only $10 and they always put on an amazing show, not to be missed in my opinion. Come catch me when I stage dive! Haha.