Melbourne Punk-Death Metal band CONDEMNED? would go down in Metal history by being the first act to have a CD produced, in 1987, by the then newly established Nuclear Blast label.
Rocking out after a hefty hiatus for a release on Nuclear Blast Records, CONDEMNED? is proving that although the years may have passed, they can still thrash with the best of them.
Among various BBQing sessions and copious joking around, they produced some of the most brutal old-school crossover metal/punk to hit the public since its inception in the 1980’s.
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. In conclusion, 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. Scott Clayton of Black Mackerel on guitars. Also from Black Mackerel is “Rotten” Scotty Gardner on lead vocals. Slade Anderson returns on drums from the days when they were known as Condemned Attitude.
Joining the band in the studio was producer Billy Anderson. Billy has worked with quite an impressive number of bands, including: Neurosis, Mr. Bungle, The Melvins, Jawbreaker, Sick Of It All, Eyehategod and Cathedral (just to name a few).
Bringing 20 years of “engine-earing” to the table, Billy kept the vibe alive and the tunes pouring out. CONDEMNED? and Billy Anderson are a killer combo in the studio. This record is set to tear the face off of anyone brave enough to listen!