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Review: Tearabyte - Embrace Oblivion
Embrace Oblivion

Label: Screaming Ferret Wreckords
Year released: 2002
Duration: 50:29
Tracks: 13
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 14, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Embrace Oblivion

Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)

Tearabyte is a band that I got into last year after hearing their debut album entitled "Doom Generation". Anyone that knows me also knows that I am a huge fan of the Bay Area thrash music of the mid to late 80’s and in such this is what really drew me into this band. They are playing the same style of riff heavy thrash that made the sound so popular back in the day.

Tearabyte was formed 1998 in Los Angeles and after their debut release and making the rounds at the local scene they decided to disband. Al Mead (Vocal/Bass) moved to Dallas, Texas and reformed the band with Kevin Mead (Guitars) and Jeff Owens (Drums). They were signed there by Screaming Ferret Wreckords and have released this follow up entitled "Embrace Oblivion".

The new album is a worthy follow to "Doom Generation". It is still riff heavy thrash metal very reminiscent of the Bay Area sound but the new release sounds more focused and the songs overall are better than the debut. The only problem I can see for some people is that some of the lyrics can be cheesy at times. I personally could really care less about lyrics but there are some that take that seriously. The only personal complaint I had of the album is I thought the guitar solos could use some work. Some of the faster songs sound like a shredding style speed solo is coming and then the solo kind of slows down the song and sounds a bit out of place. This only happens a few times but it is enough for me to take notice of it.

Overall I really liked this album quite a bit and any fan of the Bay Area thrash sound of the 80’s will definitely like this as well. Recommended.

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