I’ll begin this by saying that Left For Dead was one of the most important bands in my young life, and that Chris Colohan’s vocal style, lyrics, and overall approach in those early years left an indelible mark on me. For those who don’t know, CTO was one of Colohan’s many late ‘90s/early ‘00s bands, and while not sounding terribly unlike Left For Dead or The Swarm, CTO ramped up the Euro metal influence and brought a more chaotic vibe to the table. This record combines the band’s Brain Surgery for Beginners EP, the split with They Live, and demo tracks. Remastered, repackaged, and finally seeing the slick release it deserves, thanks to the always classy gentleman that is Dom at A389. Essential shit.

 –Dave William (A389,