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CONDEMNED? originally started out as Condemned2Death in the spring of 1983. Keith Chatham got a hot tip about a band that was practicing in the old abandoned Hamms Brewery (aka “The Vats”) in San Francisco needed a bassist. Consequently, Condemned2Death was born and soon recorded their demo tape. Later that year, they recorded and release a self titled 7”. They followed that up in August of the next year with the Diary of a Love Monster LP. After Diary of a Love Monster, the band encountered a few lineup changes until Keith left for Australia to play in Death Sentence and Vicious Circle. After a few incarnations (Condemned Attitude, Condemned?) and many side projects for all musicians involved (Attitude Adjustment, Black Mackerel, Mercenary), CONDEMNED? was reborn, sporting a great line up of musicians. Keith Chatham returns on bass. Joining him are fellow past Condemned Attitude member Rick Strahl and B. read more...
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CONDEMNED? Condemned 2 Death

Album · 2011 · Hardcore Punk
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Genre: crossover thrash

It is true that metalcore and deathcore combine heavy metal and hardcore punk, and it is no secret that a lot of metalheads dislike these two genres. However, metalcore and deathcore were not the first genres that combine punk and metal. Before them was crossover thrash, which combined hardcore punk and thrash metal. Crossover thrash was less polished and more in your face than modern metalcore and deathcore, and this may well be the reason why crossover was more positively received by metalheads back then than metalcore and deathcore are today (despite the fact that the punk influences were much more prevalent in crossover thrash).

Crossover thrash gave birth to legends like S.O.D., M.O.D., Carnivore, D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, and Nuclear Assault, and to this list we can add long time underground legends Condemned?, whose "Condemned 2 Death" is a tour de force in old school crossover thrash.

I find this old school crossover refreshening in a world where the entire true-false metal debate is focused on whether or not metalcore or deathcore is even metal at all; it's no secret that I find this whole debate to be a load of bullshit, but I guess I'm to old to worry about petty stuff like that - I just want to enjoy the music. Anyway, the songs on "Condemned 2 Death" are simple, raw and energetic, and it successfully expresses both the anger of punk music and the aggression of thrash metal with its focus on well wrought riffage.

If crossover thrash were to be seen as a continuum ranging from focus on punkt to focus on thrash metal, "Condemned 2 Death" would probably fall in the more punky end of the scale with the use of simple chord based hardcore style riffage and punky polka beat drums, but there are plently of thrashy and metallic elements such as semi-technical riffage, double bass drum, and changes on tempo.

The production is raw but far from amateurish, and the sound fits that punky and raw music very well.

Recommended to fans of old school thrash, old school hardcore punk, and - of course - crossover thrash. Personally, I really like this in-yer-face album!

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