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Dallas-based trio's third release is a collection of songs that wouldn't be out of place in the late '80s and indeed would have had a much greater impact then. Following an intro the first full song, Doom Gloom, is a good example of that style incorporating Forbidden, Vio-lence, Demolition Hammer and maybe even a bit of Autopsy. The vocals and chorus on Technophobic are not unlike those of Overkill and other bands of the same era. Shred The Misery follows and brings back memories of Massacre. This reviewer gets the impression that some effort has been made to write more modern sounding songs, but the album has more roots in the '80s thrash metal scene and not only in the song writing but perhaps even more so in the lyrics with titles like Insanity and Romper Stomper. Tearabyte's style shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering how Al Mead, the frontman, has been around for many years. The CD also includes a 31 minute twelfth 'song' consisting of a collection of live recordings and various other music and covers. - Anna Tergel

It is hard to dislike Tearabyte and it is even more difficult to love this band of rogue Americans. On the one hand, they are true to metal and the art. The sound is a chip off the old heavy metal block with heavy metal, hard rock and genuine power metal all making an appearance. Then there is the mundane and plain abysmal, which spoils what is going on. The music is not exactly good and rarely worth a second try. The vocals are aggressive (on occasion), but often without real power. It is all a blur of metal that makes little emotional contact. Take the song Ring Of Fire for instance. It is repetitious and tired even as it bashes together real heavy metal. Why do another cover version? To be sure, there are several good notes on the album, but hardly anything to write home about. This album was originally issued by Screaming Ferret five years ago and is now re-released by Locomotive. Let’s pay the band respects for its fidelity though. - Anna Tergel

It pains me to grant this album a below average mark because it is clear that Tearabyte’s Al Mead has his metal heart in the right place. All the bravado and attitude is encased in a metallic sound that ranges from hard rock to heavy metal and thrash. The gruff vocals, the aggression and the angry lyrics all point to a man who is not about to mess around with nonsense instrumentation or affected poses. Unhappily however, the material is too basic and not very good. Were this 1985 this would be an underground fanzine, but in 2008 (original release date 1998!) the simple riffs and bland guitars and drums cut little and bruise even less. Why has this been reissued now? It goes without saying that the singer’s rapping on Never Find Trust is a negative, although one that is offset by the pig squeals on Screaming Pig Fucker From Hell. Before I forget, compare the title for this album with 2004’s Gloom Factory. Not much of a difference, eh? - Anna Tergel