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Having the dubious distinction of being the second official release from Nuclear Blast, Bay Area crossover act Condemned? are now not only back on the scene after a lengthy hiatus but back on the very same label with a new album CONDEMNED 2 DEATH. This 13-track affair picks up where the band left off, literally lashing out with a definitive yet dated hodgepodge of hardcore, punk, and thrash that dons the old school banner for one last victory lap but peters out somewhere in the middle of the disc. Despite a standout Lemmy-esque bass presence and a resonantly sharp guitar and drum sound captured, the unadventurous songwriting and basic delivery heard on these tunes is a bit too pedestrian to get excited over in the year 2011 but should satisfy fans that want a dollop of traditional crossover unfettered by current trends.
- Mike SOS