Gothic Slam was an east coast thrash band that lived long enough to release two albums in the late eighties. Just A Face In The Crowd was their second and final. Gothic Slam were easy to like — mostly because they came off as genuine and wholly committed to thrash. At times, I’m reminded of east coast thrash legends Overkill — especially regarding the vocal style of Daniel Gomez (which is similar to the punk-ish spew of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.) These guys were young, enthusiastic, and (judging by the lyrics), socio-politically conscious. It’s clear that Gothic Slam had heart. That is something that goes a long way with me. I think “heart” is one of those intangible things that finds its way into the finished product. You can just tell when a band is giving their all rather than just phoning it in for a pay day. Even when the songs aren’t the greatest, that sense of heart keeps me interested.
Is Just A Face In The Crowd a lost classic? Not exactly. But if it had more songs like Who Died And Made You God, we might have a different story on our hands! Raise a glass to Gothic Slam anyway. Yes, Just A Face In The Crowd is a forgotten album, but one that might be worthy of a second look. My score: B-