Having inked a deal with Los Angeles based Prosthetic Records, GAMA BOMB return
with a nautical-themed album that will surely be the soundtrack to the final months of
2020 for old school metal-lovers the globe over.
Inspired by Victorian horror and maritime adventures such as Moby Dick, Sea Savage is
presented as a 19th Century play, with Act One and Act Two playing out on side A and
side B of the record respectively. The pelagic tale follows the crew of the steamer ‘S.S.
Gama Bomb’ as they voyage in search of a real-life Yeti, only to go slowly mad on the
high seas. It also features songs about 80s and 90s movies, because GAMA BOMB
cannot help themselves.
Sea Savage was produced by the band’s own lead guitarist Domo Dixon, with the band
members recording remotely in Dublin and Newry, Ireland, as well as London and
Warsaw throughout spring and summer 2020. The album was then mixed and
mastered by Zack Ohren (Testament, Carcass) in California, using analog ‘80s
equipment to match the old-school metal vibe.
Inspired by the attitude and speed of classic Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Accept
rather than worshipping at the altar of old-school thrash, Sea Savage is a very different
beast from their previous albums. GAMA BOMB have taken stylistic leaps with Sea
Savage, which features both their slowest and their fastest song to date, and forays
into classic metal and hard rock led by Philly Byrne’s gruff falsetto.
The album is the band’s first since the departure of longtime drummer Paul Caffrey,
seeing James Stewart (Vader, Decapitated) taking up the sticks and delivering a
devastating performance, adding a technical edge to GAMA BOMB’s sound.
Meanwhile former guitarist Luke Graham returns for a cameo, co-writing lyrics to the
track Rusty Jaw, a conceptual ‘threequel’ to back catalogue classics Steel Teeth and
Return To Blood Castle.
For Sea Savage’s cover art, the band reunited with former collaborator Graham
Humphreys (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead) to produce a painting featuring
their mascot, Snowy The Gamabombinable Snowman, while Rory McGuigan (Villagers)
produced an inlay referencing Victorian maps and theatre posters.
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