Monday, November 1, 2010

Condemned Records New Album!!

Keith, Slade and Billy in Studio A
    Condemned recently stayed with us while recording their new album scheduled for US release on February 22 of 2011.  Rocking out after a hefty hiatus for a release on Nuclear Blast Records, Condemned is proving that although the years may have past, 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 (C2D) 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” on R Radical Records.  They followed that up in August of the next year with the Diary of a Love Monster LP (Landmine/R Radical Records).  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. 
Billy and Slade mixing the new material

    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 lineup of musicians.  Keith Chatham returns to Condemned 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. 

Slade and Billy "discussing" changes
    Joining the band in the studio was producer/”engine-ear” Billy Anderson.  Billy has worked with quite an impressive number of bands, including: Neurosis, Mr. Bungle, The Melvins, Jawbreaker, 7 Year Bitch, Sick Of It All, Eyehategod, Buzzov’en, 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.  We hope Condemned will be back again, with more bone melting guitars, throat crushing bass, head pounding drums and ripping vocals.  Until that day, we wait with baited breath for this February 2011 release from these veteran thrashers.

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