Platinum Al’s Top 10 Rock/Metal Albums of 2018

Platinum Al’s Top 10 Rock/Metal Albums of 2018

Hi Everyone – Rick Here. Before you check out Alun’s top 10 albums of 2018, here is another message of thanks from me. Alun has been a fantastic addition to our team in 2018. His knowledge of the music and the fabulous humour he uses to write his reviews have brought another element to our website. Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of using similar phrases or writing the same thing in each review…well, you don’t get that with Alun, you’re never quite sure what direction he is going to go in and that is something to savour! Cheers Alun!

01 10 Ghost - Prequelle10. Ghost – “Prequelle”
https://www.facebook.com/thebandghost/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ijc7A5oAc


02 9 Gama Bomb - Speed Between The Lines9. Gama Bomb – Speed Between The Lines”
https://www.facebook.com/gamabomb/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kywHtZZhJ0


03 8 Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back8. Orange Goblin – “The Wolf Bites Back”
https://www.facebook.com/orangegoblinofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCjOwGZnBj0


04 7 Earthless - Black Heaven7. Earthless – “Black Heaven”
https://www.facebook.com/earthlessrips/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QvV3J5buvk


05 6 1968 - Ballads Of The Godless6. 1968 – “Ballads Of The Godless”
https://www.facebook.com/1968Band/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUeMLNLJuJw


06 5 Uncle Acid _ The Deadbeats - Wasteland5. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – “Wasteland”
https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9aqHp6mXQ


07 4 Monster Magnet - Mindfucker4. Monster Magnet – “Mindfucker”
https://www.facebook.com/monstermagnet/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsvvS142wWg


08 3 Corrosion Of Conformity - No Cross No Crown3. Corrosion Of Conformity – “No Cross No Crown”
https://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TusKotRru_c


09 2 Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universe2. Fu Manchu – “Clone Of The Universe”
https://www.facebook.com/FuManchuBand/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPm8g1PSN5Q


10 1 Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions1. Clutch – “Book Of Bad Decisions”
https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ9GSFZZY6c


 

Let us know if you agree or perhaps disagree with Alun’s choices!

 

 

Gama Bomb – Speed Between The Lines

 

Speed Between The Lines Cover

Gama Bomb – Speed Between the Lines
AFM Records
Release date: 12/10/2018
Running time: 35.07
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Hello and welcome to Thrash School. For todays lesson, you will need:

• Skin tight jeans (preferably with ripped knees)
• Faded Acid Reign t-shirt
• Studded leather belt and 1x studded leather wrist band
• White hi-top leather Converse
• Black leather jacket (denim vest over jacket optional)
• Baseball cap with “NOT” written under the peak

Because today we will be listening to the new album by Gama Bomb, entitled “Speed Between the Lines”.

These merry metallers have an uncanny ability to rewind the cassette of time to a simpler age. It’s like grunge never happened. Instead, we get twelve face-lacerating tunes that rush by in uncompromising fashion. This is thrash metal, kids, buckle up for the ride.

Eighties thrash was often pre-occupied with party bum-out vibes like nuclear destruction. Apparently, it’s a post-Cold War world though, so these boys don’t wallow in misery for too long. Not that they don’t have a social conscience: witness the admirable stab at the current political climate in “Alt Reich”.

But they’re just as happy dedicating an ode to Kurt Russell, which is perfectly justified in my opinion. Kurt is, of course, an icon of twentieth century popular culture. Not convinced? Go watch The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China and you can thank me later.

Back to the music. Although diversity isn’t Gama Bomb’s strong point – Master of Puppets this ain’t – the listener is rewarded with a dozen tracks that speed by relentlessly. The musicianship is amazing, with blitzkrieg lead guitar all over the place.

The occasional change of pace would add some additional colour, but you can’t fault the commitment and enthusiasm of this band. This album is the full package with cool themes and some of the best song titles I’ve heard in a long time (666teen? Give them an award NOW). The music is intense and exciting in equal measure, bringing to mind classic Overkill, Anthrax and Nuclear Assault.

So dig out your old Variflex skateboard and ask your big brother’s mate to buy you a two litre bottle of cider from the Co-op. With Gama Bomb you can party like it’s 1987. This history lesson is over.

Track listing:
1. Give Me Leather
2. A Hanging
3. 666teen
4. Bring Out the Monster
5. R.I.P. U
6. Motorgeist
7. Alt-Reich
8. Stay Rotten
9. We R Going 2 Eat U
10. Kurt Russell
11. World Gone to Hell
12. Faceblaster

Social Media:
www.gamabomb.net
www.facebook.com/gamabomb
dh@afm-records.de

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