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Gama Bomb

Formed: 2002
From: Newry, Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

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Gama Bomb Releases New Music Video

The official music video for "Backwards Bible" by Gama Bomb is available now. The track comes from the album "The Terror Tapes," which is out now on AFM Records.

The video was directed by Martin Busch, edited by Rory McGuigan, and stars:

Olivia Ramao as Olivia
Christine Kelly as Christine
Barbara Nolan as Barbara
Niall O'Brien as Niall
Neil O'Hagan as The Duc De Bonair
And Ronan Byrne as The Groundskeeper

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Gama Bomb Announces Headlining U.K. Shows

After dropping off a U.S. tour due to visa issues, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have announced details of a headlining U.K. tour for January 2014.

The dates, which kick off in Cardiff on January 28th and end in Brighton on February 2nd, will see Gama Bomb take to the stage with support from Liverpool crossover skate-thrashers SSS.

“It’s been too long since we toured the UK,” says singer Philly Byrne. “I feel like the UK is the place where we earned our stripes as a band, doing tours on public transport and sleeping on floors back in the day. It’s going to be great to come back and catch up with all the ragers there.”

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Gama Bomb’s main stage set at the UK’s Bloodstock Festival last weekend.

“Bloodstock was a real eye-opener for us,” says Byrne. “We were surprised by many people were there to see us, who came to the show and hung out after. So naturally we’re really stoked to have this UK tour coming up so we can do it all again. And we’re doing it with SSS, who we’ve been friends with since way back. It’ll be nice to tour with people who share our interest in dodgy films and desserts.” More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream All Weekend

As previously reported the 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, United Kingdom is streaming now and all weekend long.

To view all the action, head over to the live stream now.

Headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For a schedule of bands, head over to this location. More...

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Gama Bomb Drops Off U.S. Tour Due To Visa Issues

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb announced that the band is forced to drop off the planned tour of North America from August to September 2013 with Artillery, Bonded By Blood and Fueled By Fire. The reason: delays in securing visas.

"We’re really gutted to have to make this call, but we’ve found ourselves caught in a massive web of red tape and time’s run out to make the tour possible in the way we want it to be," said singer Philly Byrne.

"We’ve been faced with barriers and delays all for months now, and we held off on making this call, but ultimately we’re dealing with big organs of state where there’s no one person you can ring up and make it happen."

"Even worse than all the behind-the-scenes crap that’s gone on, letting our fans down is the hardest thing to stomach. If you bought a ticket for one of these cancelled shows, we’re coming back soon to make it up to you. We’re already working on making it happen."

Bassist Joe McGuigan commented: "We’ve done our best to make this tour happen but unfortunately this whole process is out of our hands. We want to apologize to our friends in Artillery, our brothers in Bonded By Blood, and most of all to all the US thrashers out there."

The tour is set to commence in San Diego on August 21st. More...

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Bloodstock Open Air Live Stream Available

The 2013 installment of the Bloodstock Open Air, scheduled to begin on Thursday August 8th and continue through Sunday, August 11th, will be broadcast live from Derbyshire, U.K. via the live stream at Daily Motion, or by simply bookmarking this page and coming back to watch the entire feed in the player right here:

Live Stream - Bloodstock Festival 2013 by BloodstockFestival

The schedule for bands to be streamed live has not yet been finalized, however, headliners Slayer, Lamb of God, Anthrax are scheduled to be part of the action. The festival will also feature appearances from: King Diamond, Accept, Voivod, Municipal Waste, Firewind, Dark Funeral, Ex Deo, Death Angel, Avantasia, Sabaton, Gojira, Katakylsm, Hell, 3 Inches Of Blood, Beholder, Stormbringer, Devildriver, Exodus, Amorphis, Fozzy, Whitechapel and Gama Bomb to name a few. For more information, head over to this location. More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To Festival Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock festival have checked in with the following announcement about confirming more bands for this year's edition:

"Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce a whole batch of new additions for all three stages. There’s only seven weeks left to the most metal weekend of the year!! Have you got your tickets yet?!

"Opening Friday’s main stage, and fresh off the back of the release of ‘IV’, their first album in ten years, are British post metallers, Earthzone 9. The band are stoked to find their way to Catton Park’s hallowed ground, commenting 'Earthtone 9 have never played Bloodstock, so we could not be more excited! It's one of our only gigs this year, so we are truly going to make the most of it. There may well be some drinking!' You can pick up a free download of their single, ‘Horizon’s End’ at this location.

"On Sunday’s Sophie Lancaster stage, Sacred Mother Tongue get added. Having received huge plaudits for their second album, ‘Out of the Darkness’, and live shows, the Northampton based band are building quite the name for themselves. Check out the video for ‘A Light Will Shine’, here. More...

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Gama Bomb Posts New Music Video

U.K. thrashers Gama Bomb posted a new music video for the track "Shitting Yourself to Live." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Terror Tapes," which was issued last month via AFM Records. That album is the band's fourth full length release.

The footage for the video was taken entirely from fan smartphone videos. Check out "Shitting Yourself to Live" here:

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Gama Bomb Added To Bloodstock Lineup

There’s yet more thrash for Bloodstock with Northern Irish upstarts Gama Bomb landing an opening slot on the Ronnie James Dio mainstage. The band is looking forward to churning up the Catton Park turf, commenting:

“Bloodstock: it’s just like Woodstock, but for heavy metal types, and replacing the love and peace with chips and Carling! And Slayer! Our UK fans have been asking for this for years, and now the dream is real. So pack your tent, back up your arse with bananas and send the word – The G-Bomb are comin’ to Bloodstock!"

The band’s fourth album, "The Terror Tapes," will be released next Monday 22nd April on AFM Records. Check out the new video for "Terrorscope" right here.

British heavy metal standard bearers Beholder also step in to an early mainstage slot on Saturday. Frontman Simon Hall says “For Beholder to actually be asked to do this, without me dropping to my knees and pleading like a bitch is a true acknowledgment of where the band is right now. To be on the best Bloodstock line-up ever is something we’re not going to approach lightly, and on Saturday 10th August, let’s show the rest of the world how true British Metal fans rule all!!”

The currently announced lineup is: More...

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Gama Bomb Drops New Music Video "Terrorscope"

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb unleashed the new video "Terrorscope." The track appears on the band's new LP "The Terror Tapes," which is scheduled to drop on April 19th (EU), April 22th (UK) and May 7th (US).

Check out "Terrorscope" here:

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Gama Bomb Reveals New Album Details

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unveiled the artwork and track list for their forthcoming album “The Terror Tapes."

The band’s fourth album, to be released on April 19th in Europe and April 22nd in the UK, followed by a US release on May 7th, boasts a cover illustrated by veteran movie poster artist Graham Humphreys - who created pieces for classics A Nightmare On Elm Street and Evil Dead.

“We grew up in terror of VHS covers painted by Graham, but we never knew his name,” says vocalist Philly Byrne. “We found him, had the audacity to chat to him, and now it’s a dream come true to work together and to see the astounding work he’s done for us.The cover shows a man being consumed by a giant, living tape machine. It’s got the feeling of a grubby old 1980s video sleeve I think. It ties in perfectly with our obsession with old technology and mad horror imagery. It’s the best album cover we’ve ever had. Everyone else’s album art sucks because of this.”

“The Terror Tapes” will be preceded by a single for the track “Terrorscope,” available both as a completely free download on March 26th, with a vinyl release following in April.

“It was really important to us to give people some music for nothing,” says Byrne. “It’s how we get our music and we want people to know we’re cool with them doing that, as long as they support us. Support comes from a lot of different places, not just the front pocket.” More...

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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

Cannibal Corpse
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
All Shall Perish
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Gama Bomb
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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Gama Bomb Parts Ways With Guitarist

Irish thrash metal outfit Gama Bomb has announced that they have parted company with guitar player Luke Graham after ten years with the band. A statement from Graham reads as follows:

"After ten years with Gama Bomb I've decided to call it a day. Many thanks to my best mates in the band for all the good times and mad shit we got up to round the world. Who would’ve thought ‘Project I Love NUCLEAR ASSAULT’ would have taken us so far? Raised pints and positive gestures to all the great folk I've gotten to work with, the good friends I've made and of course I have to thank the fans for making it all possible, mad bastards every last one. Up the hoods."

A band update reads: "Our good pal John Roche, who has helped us out as a live guitarist over the last year, is going to step in as the band's new rhythm man. We're sure you'll help us welcome him, and to pay tribute to the brilliantness of Luke as a member of the band. This has been a very tough decision for the whole band, but we're now ready to begin making our fourth album with John on board, Luke's blessings and the same formula for thrash we've always had."

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Gama Bomb Singer Forced Out Of Festival Show

U.K. thrashers Gama Bomb announced that singer Philly Byrne underwent surgery last week to have a problem with his vocal chords corrected. The band will proceed with bassist/vocalist Joe McGuiganits for the scheduled performance at the Headbanging Enschede Festival on March 31, 2012 in Enschede, Netherlands. Some of the other acts scheduled to perform are Napalm Death, Rotted and Necrophobic.

The band's post on Facebook reads: "After suffering with voice problems in recent months, Philly underwent an operation to have a problem with his vocal chords corrected last week. While the operation was a success and he's now on the mend, Philly won't be able to join the band onstage at their festival show at Headbanging Enschede on March 31st. Joe will step in and fill vocal duties for the gig while Philly recuperates. We hope you'll join us in wishing him a speedy recovery. And that his penis grows back."

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The Accused Announces South American Shows

The Accused has announced a string of upcoming South American shows alongside Dark Funeral and Gama Bomb. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more shows expected to be revealed soon:

09.12 – Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Music Hall
10.12 – São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Carioca Clube
11.12 – Rio Negrinho/SC (Brasil) @ Zoombie Ritual Festival
12.12 – Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opinião

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Onslaught Updates U.K. Tour Schedule

Onslaught is set to bulldoze its way through the U.K. with Irish maniacs Gama Bomb on a Terrorizer-sponsored tour later this month. The updated tour itinerary is now as follows:

Sep. 21st - Cardiff - The Globe
Sep. 22nd - Maidstone - Babylon Lounge
Sep. 23rd - London - The Garage
Sep. 24th - Nottingham - MG Ballroom
Sep. 25th - Swansea - The Garage
Sep. 26th - Liverpool - The Masque
Sep. 27th - Newcastle - Legends
Sep. 28th - Edinburgh - Studio 24
Sep. 29th - Belfast - Spring & Airbreak
Sep. 30th - Cork - An Cruiscin Lan
Oct. 01st - Dublin - The Pint* (*not with Gama Bomb)

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Onslaught Announces U.K. Tour Dates

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of their native United Kingdom this September, where they will be joined by Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, as well as Fallen Fate.

"However you think of it, it's gonna be an historic tour - a Barrage of the finest British and Irish thrash," says Onslaught's Sy Keeler.

"We think it's great that we'll finally get to tour with these guys," adds Gama Bomb frontman Philly Byrne. "It'll be like when people take their old and infirm family members on holiday, but a metal holiday."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Gama Bomb Comments On Upcoming Album

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb are currently writing new material for their as-yet-untitled new album. The follow-up to 2009's "Tales From The Grave in Space" (reviewed here) will be Gama Bomb's fourth album and is tentatively due to be released early next year.

Frontman Philly Byrne comments:

"We're about to enter a studio in central Dublin to work on demos for our new album, which we're hoping to release in early 2012. In terms of songwriting, we're writing much 'tougher' or meaner songs now. We want to make music that street gangs could listen to before a fight, songs you can sharpen a switchblade to. I've been looking a lot to Phil Lynott for inspiration, which can never be a bad thing. He's always been a big inspiration for us, even if you can't always hear it.

"Mind you, we're also about everything from our history of underage drinking and theoretical physics to drag racing and (of course) cannibalism, so there's no knowing where this one is going to take us. We're hopefully going to record here in Ireland and we'll pull no punches on either the speed of the riffs or the attitude of the songwriting. That's the only plan right now."

Gama Bomb is also gearing up for a string of summer festival dates, but have had to bring in a temporary stand-in for lead guitarist Domo Dixon for the live shows due to a hand injury. The band have released the following statement: More...

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Gama Bomb Gearing Up For U.K. Tour

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb are gearing up for a headlining U.K. tour, which kicks off on May 8th at the Underworld in London. The string of shows will be Gama Bomb's last before the band takes a break to work on the follow-up to the last album, "Tales From The Grave In Space."

Gama Bomb has issued the following update ahead of the tour:

"We're inside forty tons of squid-like riffs right now, writing war-hooks and brimey melodies to throw in the faces of children and pandas, but will set sail for England and Scotland in May. So come along and join our motley crew as we dock in various scurvy-riddled U.K. towns to play ship-shape new dinties from our upcoming haunted bagpipe, 'Tales From the Ghostly Galleon', and while you're at it you can taste some of the freshest catch of the day, served up on our very own first mate's guitar.

"Come May, we order ye to don your tri-cornered hat, suck a lime and get ready for a plank-walkin', bilge-swillin', rig-climbin' time with your five favourite hearties, the crew of the good ship Gama Bomb!"

The dates are as follows:

08 May - London, UK - The Underworld
09 May - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
10 May - Bristol, UK - The Croft
11 May - Reading, UK - Face Bar
12 May - Middlesbrough, UK - The Crown
13 May - Dundee, UK - Beat Generator
14 May - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
15 May - Manchester, UK - Witchwood
21 May - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal In The Forest Festival

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Gama Bomb Teams Up With Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have teamed up with the Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash to be the show's new "Gore-chestra." Earache Records commented on the collaboration:

"The Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash is an original and highly entertaining musical which blends Mexican wrestling with hard-hitting rock 'n' roll to create a truly unique show. While the luchadores perform their adrenaline-fuelled fights in the ring, a live band delivers a rocking, choreographed musical score to add to the drama and atmosphere. Gama Bomb will create and adapt their own songs for the show and will perform them live as the 'Gore-chestra' during the wrestling."

Gama Bomb's Philly Byrne comments: "Gama Bomb teaming up with Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling is kinda like old timey composers writing for the ballet: it just so happens that the best dance to express the music of our band involves breaking a chair over someone's head. We're looking forward to having a ton of fun with these shows and breaking some new ground in thrash metal. Gore-chestra. I like the sound of that."

Gama Bomb will perform with Rock 'n Roll Wrestling Bash at a number of events throughout the year, starting with a headlining show at the Paris Extreme Festival on March 24th. For more information about the Rock 'n' Roll Wrestling Bash, head to this location.

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Evile Checks In From North America

British thrashers Evile are currently touring North America with Overkill, Forbidden, Gama Bomb, and Bonded By Blood. The trek will continue until December 18th, coming to an end in Salt Lake City, Utah. Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake has issued the following update from the road:

"We're about two thirds through the three-month tour now and spirits are still high. Having a great time and playing some great shows. Shocked at how many fans we seem to have made after our previous rigorous North America schedules. Just crossed the border back into the USA, and now on our way to Detroit. I think I'll be playing 'OCP' with Gama Bomb tonight. Metal!"

A video of Ol Drake showing you around Evile's home on the road, with an appearance from Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, can be viewed below. More...

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