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Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses - Brutal Truth

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Brutal Truth / Import / Audio CD released 1992-01-01 at Earache

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      03.04.2008 15:06
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      Brutal Truth's first album (1992).

      Brutal Truth was conceived by bass player Danny Lilker, when his day-job band Nuclear Assault wasn't quite doing it for him in terms of intensity. With death metal and grindcore being the favoured extreme genres of the early nineties (shortly prior to all the murder and arson carried out by Norwegian black metal bands, when Satan became cool again), Brutal Truth naturally combines their strengths, and the resulting 1992 debut album remains one of the most successful death-grind works ever released.

      As with pretty much all grindcore, there's an emphasis on speed and intensity here, culminating in the two songs 'Collateral Damage' and 'Blockhead' that are only several seconds apiece (the former even being released as a contrived music video that went on to be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the shortest in the world). Fortunately, there's more to the album than sheer speed, which is really saying something considering the stunning performance of drummer Scott Lewis in that regard.

      This is primarily an extreme death metal album, and the tempo varies enormously from breakneck blasting to slower, steadier, more intricate riffs in songs such as 'Denial of Existence' and 'Time.' The band even manages to avoid the clichés usually associated with the genre, by focusing on social themes rather than explicit gore, comparable to Napalm Death over Carcass. Kevin Sharp's vocals are similarly varied as they growl, roar, squawk and almost sing over the delightful cacophony, and the only instance of film sampling (something that seems to plague most grind releases) is kept within the boundaries of the track 'Monetary Gain,' which is comparatively chilled... but only comparatively.

      The album's only drawback is how similar most of it sounds, which ends up stealing the thunder from Scott Lewis' drums once you become used to the inhuman velocity.

      1.P.S.P.I.
      2.Birth of Ignorance
      3.Stench of Profit
      4.Ill-Neglect
      5.Denial of Existence
      6.Regression / Progression
      7.Collateral Damage
      8.Time
      9.Walking Corpse
      10.Monetary Gain
      11.Wilt
      12.H.O.P.E.
      13.Blockhead
      14.Anti-Homophobe
      15.Unjust Compromise

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 P.S.P.I.
      2 Birth of Ignorance
      3 Stench of Profit
      4 Ill-Neglect
      5 Denial of Existence
      6 Regression-Progression
      7 Collateral Damage
      8 Time
      9 Walking Corpse
      10 Monetary Gain
      11 Wilt
      12 H.O.P.E.
      13 Blockhead
      14 Anti-Homophobe
      15 Unjust Compromise
      16 Perpetual Conversion [*]
      17 Lord of the World [*]
      18 Bed Sheet [*]