Brutal Truth - _Evolution Through Revolution_
(Relapse Records, 2009)
by: Daniel Cairns (
Shitting Christ. I must confess, I wasn't expecting too much from _Evolution Through Revolution_. After all, Brutal Truth have been away for ages. But I'm delighted to report that I've just had my boney, well groomed arse handed to me. This is an astonishingly violent sounding record. Naturally, I am in love.Twelve years on from the seminal _Sounds of the Animal Kingdom_, the band have conjured up an absolute scorcher that'll rip the arsehole off of anybody caught in its line of fire. Twenty songs, forty minutes, no nonsense, all grind. Kicking off with the awesome "Sugardaddy" (which -- no word of a lie -- made my dog go all funny) and continuing at the same breakneck rate for its duration, it's a barrage of blastbeats, throttled guitar necks and caustic barked vocals.Basically, it's a pure grind attack that reminds you just why it's such a potent form of extreme metal in the first place. No tight jeans, no fringe haircuts, just four middle-aged fellas making a noise so potent and virile that you can't help but bang your head with a nerdily enthusiastic gurn on your face.Along with fellow grind old guards Napalm Death (who also released an absolute belter this year), Brutal Truth seem intent on showing all the young pups how it's done. There's no pig-squealing douchebaggery here, or limply executed death-grind breakdowns, and thank heavens for that. It's somewhat depressing though, when you have to rely on the longer running bands for your grind kicks. I mean, what's the alternative? Iwrestledaretardedbearonce? Dr Acula? The slew of degenerate death-grind assheads? Rubbish! Brutal Truth show that all you need is attitude, conviction, and a really fast drummer -- and shitloads of bile.As with most grind albums though, you'll really need to be in the mood for it. You need to strap yourself in, get tanked up and be utterly furious with everything to fully get into the Brutal Truth mindset. Do that though, and you won't find a more righteously pissed off record all year.I'm not normally prone to writing reviews that are all positive, but as with recent releases by Devin Townsend, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Church of Misery, I can find very little wrong with _Evolution Through Revolution_. It's a perfect grind album basically, dripping with righteous venom and fortitude.Let's hope it isn't twelve years before Brutal Truth do another one. I'll be too old and gnarled to appreciate it then, and neckdeep in the happening sounds of Susan Boyle. She's dead sexy like.
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