The end of January saw a hell of a line come to the Kazimier in Liverpool. Irish thrashers Visceral Attack opened the show to an impressive early crowd. The five piece from Fermanagh, with a sound not dissimilar to the headliners, started off the night in good style, with vocalist Chris McCabe throwing himself around the stage, the band obviously enjoying the show as much as the crowd. A decent response, they sounded tight and the only downside was that their set seemed to be over pretty quickly. They have a new 7” on the way and currently streaming at their website.
Up next was a slight change in pace (sort of) from Slough’s Divine Chaos. A band more in the vein of Slayer or Testament, they kept the thrash vibe going but with a much heavier sound than the openers. An impressive set, deserving of the decent reception they were getting from the growing crowd. A birthday dedication to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hahnemann did nothing to dampen that good feeling. Having heard the name but wasn’t too familiar with the band before this show, I can highly recommend giving them a chance next time they venture near your neck of the woods.
The main support for this tour were SSS, and after a recent move to Prosthetic Records and a new album on the way, the chance to see them tear up a hometown venue was too good to miss. A 40-minute blast through their career to date and a chance to hear some new songs from their upcoming release with little or no respite. The first pits of the night really opened up as SSS blasted through their set. There is a lot of love round here for this band and it is obvious why. They have since been announced as support to Poison idea when they hit Manchester in August, on this form, that show could be one of the best of the year.
It is pretty much a sure fire sign of a good night when Gama Bomb appear anywhere on a bill, so after seeing them a few time at festivals and on various support slots, it was cool for me to finally catch them playing a headline show.
After three top sets they had a fair amount to live up to, but they kept up the high standards and put on a storming show. As good as any band may be, a good frontman always make a show that little bit more special, and Philly Byrne is one of the best around. Plenty of banter with the crowd and other band members, he was on form with his jokes as well as his performance. Barely missing a beat, his rapid delivery on top of their classic thrash sound, and songs about Robocop and Zombies among others, you can’t really go wrong with that.
With Gama Bomb, you always leave a show with a smile on your face. There is plenty of joking and messing about but they also manage to get through a hell of a lot of songs during a show. Also impressive was the way that as soon as the last song has finished Philly just steps offstage into the crowd and starts chatting and posing for pictures with everyone.
From my recent interview with them, this will probably be the only chance to see them in the UK this year, If you missed them, make sure you don’t make the same mistake next time round.