Embrace was a short-lived hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C., that lasted from the early 1990s to the end of 1985. Frontman Mike Portnoy and guitarist Peter Wright formed the group with singer David Gilmour as the only real live musical tandem. They had popularized a style of extreme metal known as nu-metal during their early days, but over time the subgenre became mainstream with the rise of such bands as Cathedral, Korn, and Testament. Embrace’s career spanned a reasonably short period compared to other nu-metal bands, but they managed to maintain their popularity through the years. Their early albums are still regarded as some of the very best the genre has ever seen.
There is now an excellent alternative version available for fans who missed out on the original Embrace record. Embrace ????? by Embrace features all the classic songs from the Embrace album with a remastered mix and bonus tracks from the band’s early days. Some of the songs on this version have been remixed, and several bonus tracks that weren’t on the original are featured. Some are also entirely new and not exclusive to this release.
A bonus disc with bonus tracks recorded initially from the Embrace sessions is included on the Embrace By Embrace remaster. This disc is presented in a gatefold cover with clear plastic protective packaging. It consists of the original recording from the band’s demo sessions, three never-before-heard tracks, and two songs rejected from the original recording. Among the never-before-heard songs are “Reinventing Your Exit,” “Choked Polka,” and “Dogs.” The demos are recorded from six separate sessions featuring David Gilmour, Ian Anderson, and Steve Vai.
During the early days of Embrace, the band made a name for itself by playing chunky rock music. However, after a couple of albums, the fans started appreciating the band’s sound. The fans were so into the band that they demanded an album that contained everything they liked about the band. Thus, the creation of the album Embrace was born. Today, the Embrace vinyl album is still a hot commodity among hardcore fans.
The Embrace album contains songs that were taken from all over the genre and from different artists. For instance, a song entitled “Reinventing Your Exit” comes from Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. There’s also a cover of the timeless “Haitian Divorce” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. There’s also “Reinventing Your Exit,” from Metallica’s Appetite for Destruction and Co-Projekt’s The Eternal.
When the Embrace album was created, the concept was to create a picture that would communicate something unique to the audience. The idea was to have a rock ‘n roll front cover artwork that included images from all over the music industry. Thus, the Embrace front cover was created with pictures from AC/DC, Alice Cooper, the