Brain Dead originated from North Geelong, Australia, consisting of Phill (bass), Moss (guitar/vocals) and Najda (drums). They formed on April 12, 1997 influenced by the likes of Fear Factory, Sepultura, Machine Head, Face Down, Biohazard and Korn. The members, all aged 17, produced one demo titled Trying To Escape in 1998, with three tracks of Hardcore DIY Metal. In 1999 they met their first international publishing by appearing on 'Emperor Multimedia's' The Alliance compilation. In 2000, however, they decided to change their name because their previous persona often mistaken them as Death Metal. They were not heard from again.