"Remixed" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

I'd never heard of New Jersey's Oblivion, so I didn't know what to expect when I received "Remixed" and popped it into the CD player. It was only then that I did a little research and discovered that the band had been around from 1987 - 1992 and that they had a pretty good following for their raw style of thrash.

"Remixed" is a collection of the band's three demos, "Contents Under Pressure" from January 1990, "Why Did Johnny Kill" from May 1989 and "War Give Me Peace of Mind" from December of 1988. There are also two live tracks, recorded live at G'Williker's in 1991.

The three demos sound very much the same as far as content is concerned, with each track featuring some fast and furious guitar and equally fast and furious vocals. It's too bad these guys apparently never got a real record deal because they obviously had plenty of material for a full-length CD. The sound quality varies between them, with some tracks sounding much better than others, but it's important to remember that these are demos so the sound quality is what's to be expected.

The live tracks are about as raw as they can get with the band's music almost being drowned out by the crowd noise at times.

Overall, this is an interesting package for fans of the band and fans of this era of thrash metal.  The band used to offer this CD for $7.00 through their e-mail address (oblivioncd@comcast.net) but I'm not sure that is still the case.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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