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Irish thrashers, GAMA BOMB, recently supported reunited thrash metal band, LAWNMOWER DETH, at a special show in Milton Keynes, with LAWNMOWER DETH preparing for their appearance at the Download festival in the UK, and GAMA BOMB preparing for their Summer appearances at Hellfest in France, and Tuska Open Air in Finland.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments on the gig:
"Playing with Lawnmower Deth was a bizarre but really fun experience. It was like a normal metal gig had been injected with silly sauce. When you play to those old-school crowds they don't need to get to know you; they just accept you immediately. It was class." More...
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about Evile and Gama Bomb appearing on a radio show:
"English thrashers Evile and Irish label-mates and fellow thrashers Gama Bomb featured in the notorious BBC Radio 1 Rock Show presented by Daniel P. Carter on Tuesday. The two bands were pitted against each other in a contest of wits called ‘Hammer's Hammer’ (of no relation to Timmy Mallet's ‘Mallet's Mallet’) recorded at the recent Hammerfest festival in Prestatyn, Wales. It was a closely fought contest between Philly Byrne (GAMA BOMB) and Ol Drake(EVILE) which actually took place in a children's playground ball pit.
"Listen back to the show and see who won here. Evile recently entered the studio to record the yet-to-be-titled follow-up album to their 2007 debut, Enter the Grave. The new album is being produced
by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR) and is set for release later this year." More...
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, who recently completed a tour of Europe with Overkill and Exodus on the Killfest tour, have announced a one-off special show on June 14th supporting Canadian band Anvil in Dublin.
Gama Bomb vocalist Philly Byrne issued the following statement about the show:
"We're pretty stoked to be supporting Anvil in Dublin. It's not only a good chance to play to people who'd never normally come to the dank, dark places we play in, but it's also going to be cool to share the stage with real-life thrash metal comeback kids. Plus it's in Dublin, which is our natural habitat. Hopefully we can show them the best bars in town, and the best gutters to lie in afterward."
Gama Bomb are also confirmed for the following tour dates: More...
Lawnmower Deth has issued the following announcement about a warm up show with Gama Bomb, Virus, and Metal Messiah:
"As some of you keen eyed thrash fans have noticed, we are indeed doing a warm up gig on Friday 5th June at the Pitz in Milton Keynes.
"Joining us to headline the night will be new thrash masters Gama Bomb which we are well chuffed about (thanks lads.. looking forward to it) Also chuffed with the fact that our old buddies from the 80'/90' Virus will also be playing.
"And to kick the evening off are yet another bunch of UK thrashers from times of old.. Metal Messiah
"We can't wait !.. back to the Pitz, home of much fishdancing in days gone by. Tickets can be bought here."
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have issued the following update from the road about their tour alongside Overkill and Exodus:
"Hello from the gutter! Our feet haven't touched the ground since this tour started: we spent last night trading Irish jokes with Bobby Blitz and drinking with Exodus while the barmaids free-poured Irish whiskey for us, and that's pretty much what every night's been like. Though it's a short tour, Killfest is one of the best packages to hit the road in years: Overkill, Exodus and Torture Squad have been ripping every night and we've seen some of the biggest bangers in Europe come out to see us.
"It's a great learning experience to watch such legends in close quarters and to get to hang out with them. When we get home we're going to be five times the band we were when we left; we're writing lyrics and riffs on the road and will have some new material ready when we get back. That is, if these guys don't drink us to death before then."
Canadian heavy metal band, CAULDRON, recently made their first ever trip to the UK, to support ANVIL at a top-secret premiere for the new documentary movie, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." CAULDRON followed that show with a gig with label mates GAMA BOMB the following night.
CAULDRON vocalist/bassist JASON DECAY comments on the band's trip:
"It was a pretty cool last minute trip to the birthplace of heavy metal. We played a couple shows, one with our buds ANVIL in front of a packed Shepherd's Bush Empire crowd of unsuspecting movie-goers, and another nice little sweaty club gig with GAMA BOMB. Other than that and in between food poisonings, we just did a slew of interviews, photos and beverages to consume to coincide with the Euro release of 'CHAINED TO THE NITE' in April." More...
Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:
Best albums by genre:
Extreme Doom Metal
The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise
Special awards :
The Best Drama
There's so much to see in London. Marble Arch, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and on this night, two of the greatest thrash metal bands to ever grace the stage. New Jersey legends Overkill and Bay Area gods Exodus are kicking off their European tour and look set to destroy every city and every country they invade and tonight it's London's turn. The show took place at the infamous Islington Academy and was booked as part of the Hellfire Festival. More...
No stranger to speaking his mind on issues he believes in (like his band's campaign to "stamp out inferior metal"), GAMMA BOMB frontman Philly Byrne spoke out recently in favor of downloading on MTV Headbangers Blog. Byrne's comments mark the first time that an artist has written Headbangers Blog to support downloading in the face of a vocal majority of artists who do not condone it.
The outspoken GAMA BOMB frontman goes onto explaining why downloading is such a vital part of the experience of "the music fan of the 21st century" and why artists shouldn't be completely against it, either:
"Reading MUDVAYNE's Chad Gray's blog on illegal downloading on this site, I couldn't help feeling like I'd heard his spiel about musicians getting shafted before. Chad's analogy of a man (read: band) making a fine wooden chair (read: record), only to have the chair stolen (read: downloaded) out from under him, was a striking one, but it's an oversimplification.
If a musician's job was as simple as "make disc, sell disc, win," record companies wouldn't have latched onto the "360 degree record contract" (that's the one where they get a cut of t-shirt sales, licensing and live fees, kids) more than 10 years ago. Nor would they have released CDs, which allowed people to get their hands on their masters in movable file form back in the mid-'80s. That was an admission that music business models now mean more than just money from wax.
Chad made a good point when he mentioned Radiohead's "honesty box" experiment. When one of the world's most popular bands' fans will only pay £3 ($5) on average for their album, what's the use in fighting people who want your niche, indie label, corner-genre product for free? As long as they hit the shows and buy the coasters, who cares? Let them have it!"
As previously reported, Metal Church has had to pull out of their European trek with Overkill due to guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof suffering from back problems. However European thrash fans will not be disapointed as filling the shoes of Metal Church will be thrash metal legends Exodus. Also on the bill will be young, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb and Torture Squad.
The tour dates are as follows:
February 20 - UK London @ Carling Islington Academy
February 21 - NL Uden @ De Pul
February 22 - NL Enschede @ Atak
February 23 - GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
February 24 - GER Hamburg @ Markthalle
February 25 - GER Bochum @ Zeche
February 27 - ESP Barcelona @ Bikini
February 28 - ESP Madrid @ Sala Live
March 1 - ESP Alicante @ Nave 8
March 3 - SWI Pratteln @ Z7
March 4 - ITA Milano @ Rolling Stone
March 5 - GER Augsburg @ Spectrum
March 6 - CZ Zlin @ Metalmania Festival
Earache Records has posted the following message online:
"In recognition of a music genre that has spawned some of the most original and talented bands hailing from every corner of the globe, Earache Records is proud to announce the release of Worldwide Metal.
"Celebrating the diversity of metal in all of its forms, Worldwide Metal is the ultimate collection of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal metal tracks to rock this planet. Offering 5 CDs of pure metal mayhem plus a fully playable PC game - all for the price of one CD - this collection consists of over 80 tracks from some of the most legendary and inspirational bands of all time. More...
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB recently spent over a month storming their way across Europe on the Thrashing Like A Maniac tour along with LA shredders BONDED BY BLOOD and UK openers SWORN AMONGST.
The bands are now home and have had some time to recover and to look back at their recent journey.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments on the tour:
"We've finally reached the end of our European tour with Bonded By Blood and Sworn Amongst, which took in 34 shows in 11 countries, 40,000 miles on the clock in a tourbus with 18 people aboard, chugging through something like 180 litres of diesel over the course of five weeks and five days. Along the way there were torn ligaments, damaged vocal chords, a suspected broken ass bone, about 12 cases of the common cold, a few outbreaks of alcohol poisoning and more bruises, cuts, scrapes and mysterious injuries than we care to count.
"We played in two haunted clubs, complete with a ghost that didn't want us to use the shower, a former Greek restaurant with murals of the Parthenon, a biker-controlled backstreet bar, a black metal meeting house, a classic car workshop, a converted slaughterhouse, dockside pubs, a couple of youth clubs, drug dens, shit holes and palaces too. We're not clear on how many guitar strings we used, but it pales in comparison to the amount of beers we drank. Also, we have no idea how many people we played to, but it was excellent all the same, as we're starting to meet people who wear our shirts to the show. Nice."
Check out GAMA BOMB stamping out inferior metal and destroying London with their track "Hammer Slammer" below.
GAMA BOMB will be back on tour in Europe in 2009, but you can keep yourself thrashing through the Winter with the band's Earache Records debut album, "Citizen Brain," available now. More...
For the past few weeks, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have been making their way across Europe on the Thrashing Like A Maniac tour with LA shredders Bonded By Blood and UK support act Sworn Amongst, spreading the good word of thrash wherever they go.
The band comments on the tour so far: "So here we are, two weeks into our five-week European tour. We've already come so far and done so much we can't do it justice in a simple, mortal blog, but here goes: we started in Berlin, where we accidentally played to a neo-Nazi biker gang, then we wound through Europe, finding ourselves in the Italian wilderness, high in the Alps and sweltering at the far end of Portugal along the way. It's been very, very hot so far, but we're now encountering a cooler, Northern European leg of the tour."
Along with a night of thrash metal music, Gama Bomb is offering something else to the fans who attend the shows: redemption. Gama Bomb recently announced their Stamp Out Inferior Metal campaign. At each show of the 10,000-mile, eleven-country Thrashing Like A Maniac European tour, Gama Bomb invites and encourages you to bring along the worst of your music collections - the embarrassing, the awkward and the downright rubbish CDs, records and merchandise hidden amongst your better purchases - and to collect them together so both you and Gama Bomb can do what should have been done long ago - ritually shred, stamp and smash the living hell out of them! Bring them to a show, whereupon they will be ceremoniously smashed, stamped on, frisbee'd and generally destroyed as part of the set, live onstage. More...
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb has come up with a unique idea for their upcoming "Thrashing Like A Maniac" tour with Bonded By Blood and Sworn Amongst.
Singer Philly Byrne explains: "The right to listen to neck-snapping turbo-charged metal is under threat. Gloomy, posey, idiotic metal stands between us and true enjoyment of thrash. We're all guilty of having bought some rubbish, not-quite-up-to-the-mark "metal" records at some point in our lives, but it’s time to root out those embarrassing t-shirts and albums and posters – because GAMA BOMB are offering YOU a chance to wipe the slate clean."
Starting at their first show on September 12th in Germany and running through each and every stop of the 10,000-mile, eleven-country tour, GAMA BOMB invite and encourage you to bring along the worst of your music collection – the embarrassing, the awkward and the downright rubbish CDs, records and merchandise hidden amongst your better purchases – and to collect them together so both you and GAMA BOMB can do what should have been done long ago – ritually shred, stamp and smash the living hell out of them! More...
Sworn Amongst has been added to the bill of the Thrashing Like A Maniac UK and European tour, with Gama Bomb and Bonded By Blood. The tour dates follow:
12 Sep 2008 Club Darkside Berlin
13 Sep 2008 Festung Bitterfeld Bitterfeld
14 Sep 2008 Hohenems Kastle
15 Sep 2008 Orto Bar Ljubljana
16 Sep 2008 For Sale Club Bologna
17 Sep 2008 Sinister Noise Roma
18 Sep 2008 The Blue Rose Saloon Milan
19 Sep 2008 Le Korigan Luynes
20 Sep 2008 Thrash Em All Festival Barcelona
21 Sep 2008 Sala Midnight Madrid
22 Sep 2008 Associacao de Músicos Faro
23 Sep 2008 Lisbon Rock Bar Lisboa
24 Sep 2008 Metalpoint Club Porto
25 Sep 2008 La Fabrica de Chocolate Club Vigo
26 Sep 2008 Santana 27/Blue Room Bilbao
27 Sep 2008 Heretic Club Bordeux
30 Sep 2008 Exhaus Trier Trier More...
Heikki Miettinen, the lead singer of Finnish modern thrashers DISCARD, has left the band due to a "total lack of motivation and anxiety towards band activity." As a result, DISCARD has been forced to cancel its participation in the Thrashing Like a Maniac European tour with GAMA BOMB (Ireland) and BONDED BY BLOOD (USA).
Earache records have announced that Bonded By Blood will be bringing their successful Thrashing Like A Maniac tour to European shores this Autumn. Joining Bonded By Blood on the trek will be Irish thrashers Gama Bomb and Finland's Discard.
The tour dates are as follows:
12 - Berlin, Germany - Club Darkside
13 - Bitterfeld, Germany - Festung Bitterfeld
14 - Hohenems, Austria - Kastle
15 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
16 - Bologna, Italy - For Sale Club
17 - Roma, Italy - Sinister Noise
18 - Milan, Italy - The Blue Rose Saloon
19 - Luynes, France - Le Korigan
20 - Barcelona, Spain - Thrash Em All Festival
21 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Midnight
22 - Faro, Portugal - Associacao de Musicos
23 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Rock Bar
24 - Porto, Portugal - Metalpoint Club
25 - Vigo, Spain - La Fabrica de Chocolate Club
26 - Bilbao, Spain - Sanatana 27/Blue Room
27 - Bordeux, France - Heretic Club
30 - Trier, Germany - Exhaus Trier
1 - Gent, Belgium - The Frontline
2 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool
3 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Club Booster
4 - Stockholm, Sweden - Club Blacksmith
6 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
8 - Bremen, Germany - Thing! Club
9 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
10 - Wurzburg, Germany - Posthallen
11 - Ieper, Belgium - JOC Ieper
13 - Sheffield, UK - The Corporation
14 - London, UK - The Underworld
16 - Bristol, UK - Bier Keller
17 - Wolverhampton, UK - The Little Civic
18 - Huddersfield, UK - The Parish
Gama Bomb have recently been announced as the second support act for Soulfly's show at ULU in London on August 16th. Also on the bill will be Trigger The Bloodshed.
Gama Bomb leader Philly Byrne states: "It's going to be an honour to light up London with Soulfly next month. We're all massive Max fans, so it's a bit of a dream come true for us. Also, it's part of the Kerrang! awards, which is very cool. They're an excellent periodical, and they obviously have good taste in bands since they asked us to do this. See all you bangers and ragers there on the 16th! Scream faster! Mosh louder! Faster is gooder!"
Gama Bomb's UK tour dates are as follows: More...
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have posted the following blog via Myspace:
"We've returned. From our first European tour, from the wilds of central Europe, from the dead: Pick one. If you haven't paying attention, we'll try to sum it up for you. Two weeks, 11 shows, a bunch of interviews, a staggering amount of booze, over 5,000 kilometres travelled, God knows how much salted meat choked down, and some of the best, greatest, weirdest times of our 'career' (inverted commas are our own). We could prattle on about the amazing gigs (for amazing they were, boys and girls) and all the cool places we saw, but it's more interesting to write a big weird list of crap instead, isn't it?
Places we slept:
The world's smallest house (but a very nice one)
A post-apocalyptic warehouse in the former Eastern Bloc
A theatre company's commune
A clip-together motel
A kitchen floor
A kid's bed
A Berlin hideout
An old woman's basement
A narrow Amsterdam hotel (cheers E) More...
The following press release has been announced:
Brace yourselves thrashers - Ireland's very own GAMA BOMB have embarked on their first ever tour of Europe.
After recently completing a successful UK tour with EXODUS and EVILE, GAMA BOMB have headed out to Europe to further their Thrash assault, before returning to the UK to finish what they started.
Catch GAMA BOMB live near you at the following shows:
* w/ WARBRINGER
May 17 - Zaandam, Netherlands - De Kade
May 18 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen
May 23 - Marne, Germany - Kino Capitol
May 24 - Rostock, Germany - Interclub
May 25 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
May 27 - Berlin, Germany - Amnesie
May 28 - Leipzig, Germany - TBC
May 29 - Hengelo, Netherlands - Metropool
May 30 - Ludwigsfelde, Germany - N.V.A. Club
May 31 - Bayreuth, Germany - Rosenau
June 8 - London, UK - Scala (w/ SABBAT)
June 9 - London, UK - Underworld *
June 10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Ivory Blacks *
June 11 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24 *
June 12 - Bristol, UK - The Croft *
June 13 - Plymouth, UK - White Rabbit *
June 14 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Pitz *
June 15 - Poole, UK - Mr C's * More...