THE Parish venue is perfect for metal. It’s a sweat box with barely enough room to swing a cat.
Fittingly, Gama Bomb launch their support of new (and free) album Tales From The Grave In Space in this venue.
First support band are young Huddersfield lads Grieve who play a pleasing if unspectacular riff based metal, vocalist Dom seems to be struggling for a few songs but that doesn’t derail their set.
Highlight of their short songs is a cover of Pantera’s F***ing Hostile which instantaneously gets heads banging.
Second on are The Raven Theory playing their first gig in three years. They deliver a nice blend of screams, low-tuned guitars and odd time signatures. Tracks like 0908 and Hotel go down a treat as some band members jump off stage and get in the face of the front row.
Much better live than on record, it sounds like a hiatus is just what they needed. Headliners Gama Bomb stroll on stage like kings getting every head banging in unison from the first note. The Irish band have been together for seven years and it shows as charismatic front man Philly stalks around the stage like a man possessed. His banter between songs may not make sense ("Worcester would go crazy if I mentioned Worcestershire sauce crisps") but on song Gama Bomb are focused.
The guitars are fast, the drums are light speed and the vocals are catchy punctuated with 1970s high pitched metal screams.
Tracks like Hammer Slammer, OCP and Zombie Blood Nightmare make the audience go bananas dancing and chanting as one.
There is little variety in the songs but that is the point of Thrash; it’s a soundtrack to party. If fun is what you want Gama Bomb are your guys.