Brutal Truth
Need to Control


5.0
classic

Review

by Oceanographer USER (1 Reviews)
October 3rd, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Drug-crazed grindfreaks smoke too much, release the best grindcore record in the history of the genre.

The word didgeridoo is a phonetic description of the sound the instrument makes. It is for this reason that there exist multiple spellings, sometimes with a ‘j’ instead of a ‘g’, or a ‘u’ instead of the double ‘o.’ Andy Haas is the helmsmen of didjeridu duties on this record, and although he only appears to lend the droning aboriginal tones to a single track (“Godplayer”) his contribution to the album is immense.

You see, Brutal Truth’s 1994 sophomore release is likely the most unique grindcore album ever released. From the aforementioned didjeridoo to the album’s closer, “Crawlspace,” a violently ear-splitting exhibition of high-pitched obnoxious noises, there has never been another grind record as original as this. Other bands had mixed sludge with grindcore, but none attained the hypnotic atmosphere reached with “Collapse,” or the driving rhythms of “Ordinary Madness.” Need to Control is grindcore through an art-rock filter, with the band obsessively bouncing genres off of tracks to spin them in a different direction; yet even with all of the out-of-genre weirdness, the album never seems disorganized or disjointed. Every track logically flows into the next. Brutal Truth were so different from their contemporaries on this record, they could conceivably be considered post-grindcore. Compare the stylistic jumps from Black Flag’s Damaged to Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade, and the tag no longer sounds ridiculous. The only issue with “post-grindcore” is that it is a single-album genre. No other grindcore group ever recorded an album as varied and altogether dissimilar to the rest of the genre.

Every member of the band is operating at the top of their craft here. This is not to discount Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, as that was a fantastic record in its own right (although slightly derivative). Guitarist Brent McCarthy weaves through customary deathgrind riffing in tracks like “Judgement” to spastic drunk dissonance in “Godplayer” to completely unhinged solos, best exemplified in “Ordinary Madness.” Dan Lilker (ex-Anthrax) covers the low end of the spectrum, providing stoned distortion to “Displacement” and a punk-influenced bridge to pro-cannabis anthem “Choice of a New Generation.” This is the first outing for drummer Rich Hoak, and his performance here solidified his presence in the group. From D-Beat fills in “I See Red” to exemplary blast beats in every single track, Hoak provides an unmatched intensity.

Kevin Sharp snarls, shrieks, and growls with endless ferocity. His vocals are extremely diverse, often oscillating between genre-standard death growls and a more unique higher-pitched shriek. “Black Door Mine” features the vocal talents of Bill Yurkiewicz alongside Sharp, while “Media Blitz,” originally by The Germs, features Mike IX Williams. These vocal features add diversity to Sharp’s already varied howls. The lyricism on Need to Control is heavily politically charged; from the aforementioned “Choice of a New Generation,” which claims “Legality the only way,” to the assertive “Brain trust trickles down stupidity/ Juggling heads of responsibility” from “Brain Trust.” And of course there are the inviting scream-alongs such as “Waste of cash” in “I See Red,” and “Burn me” in “Turn Face.”

Need to Control is a highly innovative record. From inventive bridges like that in “Mainliner” to the groovy riffing of “Bite the Hand,” Brutal Truth’s songwriting is fresh and resourceful. The album is perfectly structured as well, with “Ironlung” providing brief respite from the punishing nature of the surrounding tracks. Much like the shifting spelling of ‘didgeridu,’ Need to Control is a transient, ever-changing album that refuses to let itself fall into anything but the highest caliber of music.


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BMDrummer
October 3rd 2014


9980 Comments


nice first review man, sorry i never got around to proofreading for ya tho. gotta check this

Madbutcher3
October 3rd 2014


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. A few too many track mentions, but overall a great review for a great album.

Shuyin
October 3rd 2014


12062 Comments


sweet first review, all ive checked from these guys was Extreme Conditions and that was fucking
beast

CaptainDooRight
October 3rd 2014


30334 Comments


I feel like I need to check this. Everyone seems to praise their music.

JustinKing
October 3rd 2014


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is definitely their best album. Really solid Grind album, though not my absolute favorite.

danielito19
October 3rd 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

BEST GRINDCORE EVER HAS A REVIEW

finally.

Avagantamos
October 3rd 2014


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

awesome this went too long without a review!

Digging: Nadja - Touched

Avagantamos
October 3rd 2014


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was going to do it but now I don't have to

danielito19
October 3rd 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

BUUUUUUUURN
MEEEEEEEEEEE
BUUUUUUUURN
MEEEEEEEEEEE
BUUUUUUUURN
MEEEEEEEEEEE

ANDI'LLFUCKINGBURNYOUUUUUUUUU

Funeralopolis
October 4th 2014


11893 Comments


still need to check this band

Digging: Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Shuyin
October 4th 2014


12062 Comments


when youre in the mood for straight forward grind, give this a jam

danielito19
October 4th 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is a lot less straightforward than Extreme Conditions.

Shuyin
October 4th 2014


12062 Comments


i doubt they'll ever top Extreme Conditions but, damn.. this is almost as good

danielito19
October 5th 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this beats extreme conditions in my book

Oceanographer
October 6th 2014


30 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the kind words! This is my favorite album of all time.

danielito19
October 6th 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

WASTE OF CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH
WASTE OF CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH

CaptainDooRight
October 6th 2014


30334 Comments


Love how these guys play in such extreme dynamics. One second chillen with a groove next second billions miles per hour, and it works. I've always loved dynamics like that. Dare I say it doesn't sound forced either which you'd think the opposite perhaps if you read what I said, for the first time.

Avagantamos
October 6th 2014


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 this cap

danielito19
October 7th 2014


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

just popping in to say I really like the "post-grindcore" bit

I think it's very fitting



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