1980 Al Mead started the band Knightmare.
Al was a bassist and lead vocalist.
Knightmare lasted 10 years,
released 3 albums and opening for bands like Megadeth, Motorhead,
Testament, Overkill, Blue Oyster Cult and Molly
evolved from hard rock to thrash
metal. During his time with Knightmare,
he worked several side projects.
Flys on Shit was a hardcore
punk band he started with his brother Kevin.
He also worked on 2 albums with the notorious and currently dead
GG Allin. Around 1990, Al had enough
of Knightmare and called it a
then joined his brother Kevin's band Decrepit
Mind. Decrepit Mind had been around for about a year and
was in dire need of a bass player. The band already had a lead singer,
so Al was content to just play bass. In May of 1991, Decrepit
Mind moved to LA.The move
proved fatal. The band broke up 6 months after the move. Al and
Kevin still jammed with the Decrepit
Mind drummer but nothing ever
evolved from this. During the time that Al and Kevin were not in
bands, they did record several projects, Mutants was
the one that
stood out. While Mutants contained
mostly covers it was brutal, from Judas Priest's Rapid Fire to
Motorhead's Ace of Spades, Mutants rips.
Also included were Al's original songs Final Straw and Screaming Pig Fucker
from Hell. Al then recorded
solo project called Sludge. Since
nothing was going anywhere, Al decided to join a band. The band was called Sycoman,
but Al, not being included in the writing process, eventually left. He
then formed the
band Prime Evil.
Prime Evil performed extensively in
the LA area and built quite a following. Releasing the CD Solid Concrete
Madness. They earned the award
"Best Live Act" from the LA music news zine Rock City News. During
this time Kevin attempted to join the band Spawn but,
ended up quitting.
Kevin then left LA and moved to Dallas TX, fed up with the music business
content to never play guitar again. After the demise of Prime
Tearabyte with Prime
Evil guitarist Dave Bolch, and a new drummer Paul
Schlieger. Tearabyte released the "Doom Generation" in 1999 then disbanded.
8 years of living in LA, Al had enough and moved to Dallas also. It did
not take Al long to persuade his brother Kevin to start playing again.
long time friend & drummer Jeff Owens Tearabyte was reborn. The end of
2001 saw the recording
of "Embrace Oblivion". This was released in April 2002
on Screaming Ferret Wreckords.
"Embrace Oblivion" climbed the metal radio chart and maxed at #
45 on FMQB,
35 on the Album network, and 35 on CMJ. The 3rd Tearabyte CD Entitled "Gloom
Factory"will be released Aug 24 2004.