The key elements? Alan Byron’s excoriating guitar and edgy vocal casts white light and heat against the surging engine room of Dave Twist (ex-Prefects) and bassist Darren Birch (ex-Gunfire Dance, The Godfathers). Black Bombers apply minimal flash for maximum crunch. Simon Bishop’s uncluttered and dry production places Byron’s voice right up front of the mix.  

Byron pushes his vocal into redline territory on “Sometimes” and “Relentless”, while “Animals ’n’ Cages” is frantic in its Stooge-like rush to the finish line. Instrumental “Gnarley” is cooly subversive and groovy at the same time.

The sole non-original, “Hair Of The Dog”, sinks its teeth into a pulsing rhythm, searing guitar and obvious lyrics about the day after the night before. It’s a Green On Red cover but done with balls. It’s no small praise from an Australian perspective that this one recalls Melbourne’s late, great Powder Monkeys. If you love them, it’s a fair bet that you’ll salivate over Black Bombers.  Hassle Easy Action for a copy.