They’re back! And to tell you the truth I never knew they existed, let alone were on a 24 year hiatus. Apparently the Melbourne based Condemned? were the first band to release a CD on Nuclear Blast Records, with their heavily influenced punk meets crossover thrash, going by the name Condemned 2 Death, in 1987. The band went through a few line-up and even band name changes before settling into the incarnation that we have here.
I have always liked the old crossover thrash sound, it had a fierceness that grabbed your attention and a catchiness , usually due to the punk influence, that made you want to jump around and go apeshit. Bands like D.R.I., old Suicidal Tendencies, and Carnivore are what I go for when I clamor for some of that crossover attitude. What’s funny or ironic, your pick, is that Condemned? actually bring to mind those three exact bands, yet they deliver nowhere close to the output of any of the aforementioned bands.
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