Written by GE 138.
Well here it is! The 12th album from G.B.H., the seminally charged Punk Rock band from Birmingham, England. My love affair with the band is both lengthy and legendary - I was at Jock's wedding reception, for christ's sake! LOL I'd go anywhere just to see them. My friends and I followed the band one year out to a shithole town in the desert called Las Vegas back in the early 80's to see them play a warehouse to a handful of people, and I think I helped save the bands collective ass one night at Perkins Palace, but I digress. I've loved the band since like forever, and like almost everyone else I tuned out and lost interest when they went Metal (you know they did - admit it) but now that it's "cool" to be a Punk band again, G.B.H. is back and bigger than ever and touring their asses off and putting out some good new material - like the 12 songs on this brand spanking new release called Momentum.
Well, they’re still sort of a Punk band... lol Songs are ripping but the guitar tone is very 'metalish' on here - more so than ever! I get the progression and growing as an Artist thing and all that, but whammy bar leads? Really? On a G.B.H. album? hahaha Ok, whatever. I like Slayer too. There's double kick drums galore all over here as well. Ugh. The shouted out gang like vocals make this sound like it was recorded by some NYHC band for the Combat Core label back in the late 80's... and that's not a good thing. The saving grace of Ross' splendid semi-noodling bass work and Colin's gloriously sounding voice keep this album from being a total snore. Colin Abrahall has one of the most easily identifiable snarls in Punk music. Total ear candy. He could sing a Trump speech and I'd find it interesting. He sounds great on here. He always does. This sounds like a G.B.H. album. I mean, nothing's gonna match that early, raw, furious, D-Beat inspiring early output from days of yore, but overall this is a pretty good set of tunes here. Some of the songs on this CD suffer from that "sounds like an earlier songs riff" thing that's going around lately, and if you're a true G.B.H. fan you'll hear them all for yourself, but other than that there's really nothing much to complain about. It's new G.B.H., and some of the new songs are really sharp, and it all sounds great when it's played loud like it's supposed to be. I'm rocking this shit all the time. There's some cool songs on here - LOVED that Fifty What? song about being the old guy still hanging out in the scene ("it's just a number kids" Collin smirks at the end), and Us Against The World, Liquid Paradise (The Epic), The Perfect Storm, I Never Asked For Any Of This, all just top notch stuff. The CD seemed to get better towards the end of it for some reason. The material just got better for some reason IMO. Anyways, check out the new album from G.B.H. - especially if you're one of these old fucks that complain about how there's no good new Punk music being released anymore. And please, please don't go see them at Punk Rock Boring. Go see G.B.H. play a headlining set somewhere so you can hear these songs played live as they're meant to be heard. 😎
Put out by Hellcat Records, but available from Epitaph Records. I dunno what's going on with that. Click
here to buy it. Corporate Punk Rock still sucks... yada yada yada. Click here to get Momentum on glorious red colored vinyl. Click here to "like" G.B.H. on Facebook. Click here to "follow" them on Instagram. Click here to see if I give a shit... heh