Brutal Truth
Evolution Through Revolution


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
August 27th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The pioneers of grind make a huge return with this bone jarring frenzy of revolution.

This is the genre defining band’s first full length in over ten years. For fans of grind they don’t require any introduction, “Need to Control” is a classic of the movement. It’s easy to catch glimpses of the bands entire discography throughout the album but they also explore some new paths. While some tracks are just a minute thirty or two minute furious grind tracks, they mix in elements of noise and sludge on a few tracks. These break up the pace a little bit between the breakneck speed of their rabid, churning riffs and thunderous blasts. Vocalist Kevin Sharpe bellows and shrieks above the immense sound of the band with abandon, sounding enraged as ever.

The guitar work by their newest member, Erik Burke, is extremely mind ripping. From off the wall dissonant squeals to dense, heavy riffs he never stops. Detached is one of the highlights for me, it takes a sludgier route and slows it down a bit. Get a Therapist Spare the World eventually slows down to a crushing doom pace also. Semi-Automatic Carnation has some amazing dissonance and atmosphere going on and eventually it all comes to a blasting end with drummer Rich Hoak spazzing out on the kit. The lyrics deliver great blows to the ills of the country and society. Some of my favorites are from Humpty Finance “Train the fools in politics to placate the fortunate/Apologies for you - our gift of unglues/Short of shallow thinking, our leaking ship is sinking/ Precious few survive, humpty dumpty finance” This track really brings to mind Terrorizer’s “World Downfall”. On some tracks the bass stands out more than others but Danny Lilker shows some real mastery all around one you pick it out.

While not being a full blast grind record in some aspects, I think “Evolution Through Revolution” uses experimentation well. With the longest track at 3:56 I don’t see any grind fans complaining about the band’s explorations on the album. They even throw in a good seven second song called Branded that is just as great as it is short. Another highlight would be the cover of The Minute Men’s Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs. It still uses a distinct old school hardcore sound but has a bit more aggressive side of course. The overall production on the album is pretty balanced. It’s about as clean as I would ever want my grind to be but not over produced or anything like that. The production does sound more modern than some of their work but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

"Evolution Through Revolution" may not top some fan’s favorites like “Need to Control”, I believe this is another step forward for the band. For the most part, Brutal Truth keeps what people loved from the earlier days and throws in some new ideas that have been waiting to get out. I don’t see many grind fans being disappointed with this release. The record also seems like a good album for people to become familiar with the band if they have been missing out. 2009 has some great releases in grindcore but for me so far this has the top of the list.



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Bleekill
August 28th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm going to clean this up a bit tomorrow if need be. I only skimmed it.

charlesfishowitz
August 28th 2009


1794 Comments


album is bad

ninjuice
August 28th 2009


6760 Comments


Even if they're true, the summary and intro are too hyperbolic imo.

Zip
August 28th 2009


5312 Comments


Never much cared for these guys

FistfulOfSteel
August 28th 2009


894 Comments


still have yet to listen to their earlier stuff, which ill do before this.

TrojanWhore
August 28th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great band, great live, decent review.

LepreCon
August 28th 2009


4143 Comments


Considering I don't really care for Grind, I still think this is pretty good

Wizard
August 28th 2009


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Even if they're true, the summary and intro are too hyperbolic imo.

You just don't like grind.

While not being a full blast grind record in some aspects,

This is what has set them apart from the rest of the grind community and also why I love them! Glad to see someone do a review for this. I was thinking of doing one. Good review too!

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Bleekill
August 29th 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, I was looking through good albums from 09 that haven't been covered yet and saw this one was open. I only started listening to Brutal Truth about a year ago but they are definitely one of my favorite active grind bands. I hear Terrorizer is going to become active again soon.

Wizard
August 29th 2009


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also heard that about Terrorizer too. Unfortunately, without the skills of Jesse Pintado, the band will never be the same again.

gbowles
August 30th 2009


71 Comments


if you haven't seen Brutal Truth live, do yourself a solid, and take your ass to one of their shows.

Helvete
August 12th 2010


1354 Comments


bad album. maybe a bit better than the previous 2 turds though

Terrifyer
August 12th 2010


3403 Comments


actually nevermind this sucks even more

brutebeard
September 12th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this, and Napalm are my grind fix right now



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