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Released: 2008, Locomotive Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Tearabyte holds acts like Slayer, Exodus, Violence and Motörhead as their biggest influences and the correct description of Tearabyte’s own music would be a primitive kind of thrash metal that could have been found in America during the mid-80. Even though their music sounds pretty primitive and old compared with the standards of today I find the album pretty charming and fun to listen to and it sure takes me back to the good old days. However, I do have problems with the material. Tearabyte has to learn how to write songs that hold up to repeated listens and the album feels really un-even in certain parts.
Singer and bass player Al Mead simply has to get his voice together because he is the weakest link in the band. The production leaves a hell of a lot more to wish for if the band does not want to be an underground band for all time. It sounds like the guitars comes from a separate room and it sounds like the rhythm section is out on a holiday. It does not sound like Tearabyte is a unit that is out to blast your head with their ass-kicking ground breaking music (like they should). It sounds like there are 3 students rehearsing in grandmas basement with crappy equipment they’ve borrowed from a Dj friend.
DOOM GENERATION is fun for a while. It’s a charming re-release that leaves you with a smile but when you dissect it you soon find out that it doesn’t last any longer than that. This is a disc for people that have recently discovered thrash metal but personally I take it for what it is, a fun album with an amateur charm.
Straight out of Hell
Never Find Trust
Screaming Pig Fucker from Hell
Shut Up Bitch
Storm of Hate
Al Mead – lead vocals, bass
Kevin Mead – guitar
Jeff Owens – drums
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