BRUTAL TRUTH

Grindcore / Deathgrind • United States
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Brutal Truth is a New York City-based grindcore band that was formed in 1990 by ex-Anthrax and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker. Brutal Truth was one of the pioneers of grindcore who enjoyed world wide success, particularly in Japan and Australia.

Originally signed to Earache Records, on which they released two albums, 1992's Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and 1994's Need to Control, as well as an EP entitled Perpetual Conversion, and a 7" single for the song "Godplayer". During this time, music videos were made for the songs "Ill Neglect", "Collateral Damage", and "Godplayer". Brutal Truth found frustration with Earache Records, as did many 1990s Relapse Records bands, and switched to Relapse Records, known for its roster of grindcore acts, with whom they stayed until the band's demise.

On Relapse they released the mini album Kill Trend Suicide, a full length release entitled Sounds of the Animal Kingdom,
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BRUTAL TRUTH Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses album cover 3.97 | 13 ratings
Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
Deathgrind 1992
BRUTAL TRUTH Need to Control album cover 3.77 | 6 ratings
Need to Control
Grindcore 1994
BRUTAL TRUTH Sounds of the Animal Kingdom album cover 3.42 | 2 ratings
Sounds of the Animal Kingdom
Grindcore 1997
BRUTAL TRUTH Evolution Through Revolution album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evolution Through Revolution
Grindcore 2009
BRUTAL TRUTH End Time album cover 3.36 | 3 ratings
End Time
Grindcore 2011

BRUTAL TRUTH EPs & splits

BRUTAL TRUTH Perpetual Conversion album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Perpetual Conversion
Grindcore 1992
BRUTAL TRUTH Ill Neglect album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ill Neglect
Grindcore 1992
BRUTAL TRUTH Machine Parts +4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Machine Parts +4
Grindcore 1995
BRUTAL TRUTH Kill Trend Suicide album cover 3.31 | 4 ratings
Kill Trend Suicide
Grindcore 1996
BRUTAL TRUTH How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree / Zodiac album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree / Zodiac
Grindcore 1996
BRUTAL TRUTH Spazz / Brutal Truth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spazz / Brutal Truth
Grindcore 1996
BRUTAL TRUTH In These Black Days, Volume 2: A Tribute To Black Sabbath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In These Black Days, Volume 2: A Tribute To Black Sabbath
Grindcore 1997
BRUTAL TRUTH Brutal Truth / Narcosis / Total Fucking Destruction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brutal Truth / Narcosis / Total Fucking Destruction
Grindcore 2007
BRUTAL TRUTH Table for Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Table for Two
Grindcore 2007
BRUTAL TRUTH Round Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Round Two
Grindcore 2008
BRUTAL TRUTH First United Meth Church album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First United Meth Church
Grindcore 2009
BRUTAL TRUTH Rest in Noise Amigo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rest in Noise Amigo
Grindcore 2011
BRUTAL TRUTH The Axiom of Post Inhumanity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Axiom of Post Inhumanity
Grindcore 2013

BRUTAL TRUTH live albums

BRUTAL TRUTH For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only! (live at Noctum Studios +1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only! (live at Noctum Studios +1)
Grindcore 2000

BRUTAL TRUTH demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

BRUTAL TRUTH re-issues & compilations

BRUTAL TRUTH Goodbye Cruel World! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Goodbye Cruel World!
Grindcore 1999

BRUTAL TRUTH singles (1)

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Godplayer
Grindcore 1994

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BRUTAL TRUTH Sounds of the Animal Kingdom

Album · 1997 · Grindcore
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UMUR
"Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US grindcore act Brutal Truth. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 1997. The band´s first two albums were released through Earache Records, but "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" is not their first release on Relapse Records after their label change, as they released the "Kill Trend Suicide" MCH/EP in 1996 through the new label. This would be their last studio album before they split-up the first time and a longer hiatus followed before they reunited in 2006.

Compared to "Need to Control (1993)", "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" is a rather different sounding release, but if you´re familiar with "Kill Trend Suicide (1996)", the sound on "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" isn´t quite as surprising. The tight precision and more clinical sound of "Need to Control (1993)" is replaced here by a more laid back, organic and muddy sounding version of Brutal Truth. I´d even say it´s psychadelic tinged at times ("Jemenez Cricket" is the best example of that). Imagine that! Psychadelic grindcore...

...but Brutal Truth were always boundary pushers, and none of their albums are just "straight" blast beat grindcore (although there are loads of blast beats in their music). While not all 22 tracks on the 74:14 minutes long album (the last almost 20 minutes of the album is just an annoying loop) stand out equally much, Brutal Truth are pretty good at varying pace and incorporating elements from other genres like psychadelic rock, industrial, and death metal to their grindcore style. This ensures that "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" is an album that´s worth listening to again and again. It does overstay it´s welcome a bit though, and I would have prefered a 40 minutes long album, which I feel would have been a more suitable length for music this extreme.

The album is packed in an organic but also pretty muddy sound production, where the drums sometimes drown and it´s not always clear what´s being played. It has it´s charm but I do prefer the more clear and clinical sounding production on "Need to Control (1993)".

With "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom", Brutal Truth confirmed once again that they were not a stagnant act releasing the same album over and over again. They evolved and experimented with their sound and they still stand as one of the most innovative grindcore acts on the scene. Quality wise I prefer the predecessor, which I still feel is one of the most groundbreaking grindcore releases out there, but "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" is also overall a quality release featuring a unique take on grindcore and despite a few flaws (it´s too long and the sound production is muddy) a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

BRUTAL TRUTH Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses

Album · 1992 · Deathgrind
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Not every band lives up to its name. Extreme was anything but extreme. Danger Danger was quite safe. Brutal Truth lived up to its name in every way possible. This album is brutal as all fuck, and some of the messages it contains are so true it hurts. Put together by former Anthrax/SOD/Nuclear Assault/insert-huge-list-of-bands-here bassist Dan Lilker and mental hospital outpatient and sometimes journalist Kevin Sharpe, most people thought the band a bit of a gimmick to start with, banking on Lilker’s previous experience. No one expected anything quite so deeply rooted in Grindcore. Drummer Scott Lewis had formerly played for the legendary Winter, the enigmatic late 80s Doom band which played at a glacial pace, so he wasn’t expected to keep up the pace for a Grindcore band. However, Lilker and Sharpe had been studying Japanese Hardcore in some detail, while Sharpe had a liking for power tools. The combination proved deadly. Y’see, Japanese Hardcore isn’t like your everyday garden variety Hardcore. It’s not all about burly, sweaty bald men covered in tattoos yelling about unity and vegetarianism. Japanese Hardcore is utterly insane, played so fast, as Sharpe once put it, you need to hold your nuts in a sling. Sounds painful... As for the power tools, Sharpe liked attacking pieces of metal with angle grinders and hammers and recording the resulting racket. There’s a definite Metal vibe right from the start of ‘Birth Of Ignorance’, with the guitar tone, Kevin Sharpe’s growl, the double kick drum rumble, and then the blast beats. This could be put down to Colin Richardson’s production. After all, he’s the man who brought out the metal in Carcass and even crusty Punks The Exploited. However, this is Grindcore, not Metal. Sharpe pulls out the screaming demon vocals to go with the death grunt, and there’s no time for any superfluous solos or leads or drum fills. Second song ‘Stench of Prophet’ is where things really get grinding. Scott Lewis out-blasts the rest of the band with consummate ease. Dan Lilker’s dirty distorted bass makes its presence well and truly known, grumbling so low it upsets seismographs. The riffing is sharp and simple. The overall effect is very clear and intense sounding, at a time when many Grindcore outfits were drowned in distortion and fuzz. A few tracks stand out above the others. Clocking in at around a minute and a half long, ‘Walking Corpse’ is a song built around three incredible bursts of hyper-blastbeat energy. Rather than being a literal tale of zombies and the walking dead, Sharpe rails against the repetitive pointlessness of the nine-to-five existence. It also includes a memorable sample intro of a distressed voice saying “I hope you make sure we’re properly dead before you start...” ‘Wilt’ is another blast-abusing song, which also has a memorable intro, this time Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan: “Do you believe in God?” “I believe in myself.” It aims at evangelical religion, an easy but always worthwhile target. It starts with a slow, menacing riff, which pops up between the blasts throughout the song. ‘Anti-Homophobe’ was originally misinterpreted by a number of fans as an anti-homosexuality song. It’s as much anti-prejudice as it is pro-gay, but it’s all aggression. There’s also a small matter of a world record included on this album, all 2.18 seconds of it. ‘Collateral Damage’ is a musical marathon alongside Napalm Death’s 0.75 second ‘You Suffer’, but it holds the record for the world’s shortest music video. You could watch it 82 times in the space of the average three minute music video. This isn’t an album where the listener can get bored easily. So much flies past so quickly your subconscious attention shifts from one idea to the next, hoping you can keep up. The political lyrics and the powerful imagery of the cover are highly thought provoking, and a little easier to comprehend than the music. It is also reasonably easy for the average Metal fan to stomach. Alongside Carcass’ ‘Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious’, ‘Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses’ helped set a new standard for Grindcore, paving the way for outfits like Discordance Axis and Nasum. Grindcore need not be slipshod and amateurish, it could be tight and clear, and Metal fans could listen to it without feeling alienated.

BRUTAL TRUTH End Time

Album · 2011 · Grindcore
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"End Time" is the 5th full-length studio album by US grindcore act Brutal Truth. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2011. It´s the second album by Brutal Truth since they returned with "Evolution Through Revolution (2009)" after a longer hiatus.

While the music on the album is rooted in grindcore aestethics and stylistic elements like extensive use of blastbeats and crusty hardcore riffs, "End Time" far exceeds the boundaries of what you usually hear when you put on a grindcore album. The riffs are dissonant and noisy and the drumming quirky and rhythmically complex. The band also play around with slower industrial influenced elements which can be heard on the opening track "Malice". The musicianship are on a high level, with precision playing and some really powerful and relatively varied vocals by Kevin Sharp. This is what I´d call clever and adventurous grindcore. Brutal Truth were always boundary pushers, and they still are.

Most of the 23 tracks on the 54:36 minutes long album are around 1 - 2 minutes long but "Control Room" which closes the album, sticks out a bit with it´s 15:21 minutes of playing time. It´s quite the noisy and repetitive track and it doesn´t take long before it feels unneccesarily long. It´s the kind of track you listen to once and then skip every other time you take the album out for a spin unless of course you are one of those rare folks who actually enjoy this kind of thing. The rest of the tracks are highly entertaining and Brutal Truth have made sure that while they relentlessly kick your ass they also bend your mind. "End Time" also features a powerful and raw sound production and all things considered it´s another challenging high quality grindcore album from one of the leaders of the genre. Despite the unneccesarily long "Control Room" a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

BRUTAL TRUTH Kill Trend Suicide

EP · 1996 · Grindcore
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"Kill Trend Suicide" is a MCD release by US grindcore act Brutal Truth. The MCD was released through Relapse Records in October 1996. "Kill Trend Suicide" was re-released by Relapse Records in 2006 along with "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom (1997)" on one CD, which makes the material slightly easier to get a hold of.

The 10 tracks on the 33:51 minutes long MCD (about 10 minutes of the 15:09 minutes long closing title track feature silence though) are in the typical challenging and adventurous grindcore style that Brutal Truth are known for. While some grindcore releases are one-dimensional blast fests, Brutal Truth have always sought to write varied and memorable material. They can certainly blast away when that is called for, but also master mid-paced death metal grooves and odd spastic ideas. The latter element thankfully do not earn them the arty farty label (This is still filthy and raw grindcore), but rather ensure that the entertainment level is kept high at all times. The tracks on "Kill Trend Suicide" are not nearly as sophisticated as the material on the last major release by Brutal Truth though. "Need to Control (1994)" is to my ears one of the most genre pushing and unique sounding grindcore albums of the 90s and while the material on "Kill Trend Suicide" is intriguing and delivered with fierce aggression and conviction, it doesn´t quite reach the heights of "Need to Control (1994)". This is also in some part due to the production values. Where "Need to Control (1994)" featured a relatively clear yet powerful sound production, "Kill Trend Suicide" features a more murky and raw ditto.

"Kill Trend Suicide" bridges the gap between "Need to Control (1994)" and "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom (1997)" quite well though, but I don´t find it as important or necessary as the full-length releases. Of course if you are a fan, the MCD is a mandatory listen, but to the more casual listener I´d recommend a purchase of one of the full-lengths instead. Still Brutal Truth are in a league of their own, and even one of their less interesting releases of course deserves a 3.5 star (70%) rating. Actually I would have given a full 4 star (80%) rating if it wasn´t for the annoying 10 minutes of silence before a couple of minutes of noise that closes the MCD. Fooling people into believing that this release is 33:51 minutes long when in reality it´s only about 20 minutes long (that´s if you, like me, don´t count silence as music), is not just annoying, it´s downright offensive.

BRUTAL TRUTH End Time

Album · 2011 · Grindcore
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J-Man
End Time is the second album from legendary grindcore act Brutal Truth since their reformation in 2006, and their fifth album overall. This band from Rochester, New York helped put grindcore on the map nearly twenty years ago with their seminal debut, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and their latest effort proves that they are still a relevant force in the extreme metal world. If you like your grindcore to be short and to-the-point, yet still with some room for experimentation, End Time should be one of the year's highlights. Fans of Brutal Truth won't be disappointed.

The music here is exactly what we've come to expect from Brutal Truth - an impenetrable wall of noise in the form of short songs, frantic vocals, and technically outstanding musicianship, all topped off with a raw production and pissed-off lyrics. End Time isn't the most original album out there, and I can also say that it isn't quite as musically impressive as some of the band's earlier works. That's not to say that End Time isn't a good grindcore record - it certainly is - it just tends to live more in the shadow of their earlier albums than as an artistic statement of its own. Most of the songs simply aren't all that memorable, and since the album is a whopping 55 minutes (way too long for your average grindcore album), it can feel quite monotonous towards the end. The 15 minutes of experimental noise in "Control Room" doesn't increase my enjoyment either.

End Time may not be the best that Brutal Truth has to offer, but it is still a solid effort that fans of the band will definitely want to track down. Even though the CD may overstay its welcome by more than a few minutes, there are a few songs here that are among the best in Brutal Truth's catalog. People looking for an effective punch in the face from some of the best musicians on the scene should definitely have a great time with End Time. I'd say 3 stars are deserved in this case. I don't think this album adds anything new to Brutal Truth's discography, but it does prove that they are still kicking ass over twenty years into their career!

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