Final Warning initially formed in 1982 as Broken Trust by guitarist Jeff “Simon” Simoncini, drummer Dan Cunneen, vocalist Tim Paul and bassist Charlie Nims (Nims would later play bass for Poison Idea using the moniker Myrtle Tickner). In 1983, former Poison Idea bassist Glenn Estes replaced Nims.

In early 1984, after changing their name to Final Warning, Tim Paul switched to bass and Jeff Paul (no relation) joined the group on vocals. This would become the classic Final Warning line-up that would remain until the band disbanded in 1986. (Poison Idea drummer Steve “Thee Slayer Hippie” Hanford did play several shows with Final Warning on second guitar in 1986.)

Final Warning released one self-titled 7″ E.P. on Poison Idea guitarist Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts’ label, Fatal Erection Records in 1984. The following year Final Warning had a song (“I Quit”) on the Drinking is Great Portland punk compilation E.P. (also released by Fatal Erection).

Final Warning was primarily influenced by early 1980s U.S. West Coast hardcore (Germs, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Crucifix, Iconoclast, and Circle Jerks) and the second wave of English punk (Discharge, Charged GBH, Disorder and The Exploited). What set Final Warning apart from other hardcore bands of the period was the merging of heavy metal into their sound (bands like Metallica, Motörhead, Venom and early Mötley Crüe.) Final Warning would combine these influences to become one of the early bands to combine punk and metal.

The most common lyrical focus of Final Warning’s music was their stand against violence and war. Final Warning picked up on many of the anti-war themes that the U.K. band Discharge used and expanded them to include their own take on the conformity, complacency and militarism in the United States during the Reagan era.

Final Warning would share the bill with many notable bands during their career. Among them: Dead Kennedys, The Exploited, Charged GBH, Hüsker Dü, Minutemen and Mercyful Fate, but they never played outside the Pacific Northwest.

Members of Final Warning would go on to play in other Pacific Northwest bands, including: Napalm Beach, Poison Idea, The Obituaries, Big House, Gruntruck, Zipgun, Kill Sybil and the Seattle-based Nightcaps.

This CD compiles all their studio recordings and live tracks.
Tracks 1 to 4 recorded on April 20th, 1984 and previously released as the ‘Final Warning’ 7″ EP in 1984.
Track 5 recorded on April 23rd, 1985 and previously released on V.A. ‘Drinking Is Great’ 7″ EP in 1985.
All tracks recorded @ Falcon Studio, Portland.
Tracks 6 to 16 recorded live @ the Starry Night, Portland, OR on October 20th, 1984 when the band replaced Slayer and opened for Mercyful Fate.
Mastered at Sinister Kitchen Laboratories, Seattle.
1,000 copies pressed.
(Southern Lord Recordings)