"SCARRED FOR LIFE," etched into the 12" Vinyl LP Album, marks the inaugural opus unleashed by Michael Vescera's band: Obsession. This album is a testament to the band's arrival in the metal scene, introducing listeners to the powerhouse vocals and musical prowess that define Obsession's signature sound. With a fusion of melodic hooks and raw intensity, "Scarred for Life" sets the stage for the band's enduring presence in the realm of heavy metal, serving as a cornerstone in Obsession's storied discography.


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Album Description:

Within the realm of metal music, certain albums emerge as formidable pillars, etching their impact into the fabric of the genre. "Scarred for Life", the inaugural creation by Michael Vescera's band Obsession, stands proudly as a testament to the raw potency and unrelenting spirit that define metal music. Released as a 12" vinyl LP album in 1986, this offering marked the birth of a band and the genesis of a sonic legacy.

Genesis of Obsession

"Scarred for Life" was more than an album; it was the catalyst for Obsession's emergence into the metal scene. At the helm, Michael Vescera channeled his artistic vision into a dynamic sound that bridged the realms of raw power and melodic artistry. The album showcased Obsession's arrival on the stage, a band poised to carve their name into metal's history.

Forging Sonic Alchemy

Behind the scenes, a meticulous crafting of sound took place, orchestrated by both the band and the production team. The album's co-production by Brian Keane and Obsession ensured that every note resonated with the intended impact. Sound engineers Glenn M. Taylor, Bill Burke, and Joe Mendyk lent their expertise, capturing the band's intensity and weaving it into the sonic tapestry. The recording sessions at Studio West in West Haven, Connecticut, served as a crucible where the band's sonic identity was forged.

Elevating Perfection: Mastering

Eddy Schreyer's mastery in the realm of sound engineering added the final layer of sonic sophistication. As a guiding hand in the mastering process, Schreyer ensured that the album's compositions retained their raw energy while achieving a sonic clarity that heightened their impact. His contributions were vital in shaping the album's overall sound, making it an auditory journey of the highest caliber.

Visualizing the Essence

Beyond the auditory experience, the album's artwork by Ioannis served as a visual gateway into Obsession's world. Ioannis' artistic interpretation encapsulated the album's themes and energy, offering a visual counterpart to the music. This artwork became the first impression, setting the stage for the sonic odyssey that awaited listeners within the vinyl grooves.

The Heartbeat of "Scarred for Life"

At its core, "Scarred for Life" pulsated with Obsession's essence. Michael Vescera's vocals soared with emotive power, the guitars of Art Maco and Bruce Vitale wove intricate melodies and thunderous riffs, while the rhythm section of Wally Lowe on bass and Jay Mezias on drums provided the heartbeat of each track. Together, their synergy created an album that merged intensity with melody, aggression with finesse.

Music Genre:

 Heavy Metal (USA)

Album  Production information:

The album: "Scarred for Life" was produced by: Brian Keane and Obsession

Glenn M. Taylor - Sound Engineer

Bill Burke - Sound Engineer

Joe Mendyk - Sound Engineer

This album was recorded at: Studio West, Wes Haven, Connecticut

Eddy Schreyer - Mastering, Sound Engineer

Eddy Schreyer, a highly skilled mastering engineer and the proud owner of Oasis Mastering, located in Studio City, California, has garnered a remarkable reputation in the music industry over the course of his illustrious career. With over 30 years of experience under his belt, Schreyer has mastered thousands of music albums, leaving an indelible mark on the sound of numerous artists across various genres.


Born and raised with a deep passion for music, Eddy Schreyer's journey into the world of audio engineering began at a young age. He discovered his love for the technical aspects of sound while tinkering with recording equipment and exploring the nuances of music production. Fascinated by the transformative power of mastering, Schreyer dedicated himself to honing his skills and embarked on a path that would lead him to become one of the most sought-after mastering engineers in the industry.

After completing his formal education in audio engineering, Eddy Schreyer's career took off when he joined the renowned Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Working at Capitol Studios provided him with invaluable opportunities to collaborate with esteemed artists and refine his craft. During his time there, Schreyer developed a keen ear for detail and an intuitive understanding of how to enhance the sonic qualities of each recording he encountered.

In 1996, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to create his own artistic haven, Eddy Schreyer established Oasis Mastering. His vision was to create a space where artists could achieve the sonic excellence they envisioned for their music. With his technical expertise, exceptional attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering superior sound quality, Schreyer quickly gained recognition as a trusted and respected mastering engineer.

Oasis Mastering, under Schreyer's guidance, became a destination for musicians and record labels seeking the finest quality in audio post-production. Schreyer's mastery of the delicate art of mastering allowed him to breathe new life into countless albums, helping artists achieve greater clarity, depth, and emotional impact in their music. His dedication to preserving the artist's vision while elevating the overall sound has made him an invaluable collaborator for both established acts and emerging talents.

Eddy Schreyer's extensive discography boasts an impressive array of acclaimed projects spanning multiple genres, including rock, pop, hip-hop, jazz, and classical music. Some of the notable artists and bands he has worked with include Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, and many more. His contributions to these projects have earned him numerous accolades and the admiration of peers in the music industry.

Beyond his mastering work, Eddy Schreyer is known for his commitment to sharing his knowledge and expertise with aspiring audio engineers. He has conducted workshops and seminars, mentoring the next generation of professionals, and sharing insights into the art and science of mastering.

With an unwavering dedication to his craft and a relentless pursuit of sonic perfection, Eddy Schreyer continues to shape the music industry with his unparalleled expertise and artistic sensibilities. His legacy as a revered mastering engineer and the owner of Oasis Mastering remains firmly etched in the world of music history, leaving an indelible mark on the soundscape of countless albums and artists.

Ioannis - Album Artwork

Ioannis Vassilopoulos a graphics artist from Athens, Greece who has during the 1980s illustrated a dozen of album covers for heavy metal bands like: Hallows Eve, Fates Warning and others.

Record Label Information:

 Enigma 3212

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1986 Made in Holland
Track Listing of: "Scarred for Life"

The Songs/tracks on "Scarred for Life" are

  1. Scarred For Life
  2. Winner Take All
  3. Losing My Mind
  4. In The End
  5. Bang 'Em Till They Bleed
  6. Hy Lai 31568 - Take No Prisoners
  7. Taking Your Chances
  8. Run Into The Night
  9. Tomorrow Hides No Lies


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"Scarred For Life" Record Label Details: Enigma 3212 ℗ 1986 The Enigma Sound Corporation Sound Copyright

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