Brutal Truth: Need To Control-1994.

Brutal Truth was an American grindcore band from New York City, formed by ex-AnthraxNuclear Assault, and Stormtroopers of Death bass guitarist Dan Lilker in 1990. The group disbanded in 1999, but reformed in 2006 and continued to release music until 2014.

Brutal Truth was formed in 1990 in New York City. The band was originally signed to Earache Records, on which they released two albums, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses and Need to Control,[1] as well as an EP entitled Perpetual Conversion, and 7-inch singles for the songs “Ill Neglect” and “Godplayer”. During this time, music videos were made for the songs “Ill Neglect”, “Collateral Damage” and “Godplayer”. Brutal Truth were frustrated with Earache Records and switched to Relapse Records, known for its roster of grindcore acts, with whom they stayed until the band’s demise.[1]

With Relapse, they released the mini album Kill Trend Suicide, a full-length release entitled Sounds of the Animal Kingdom[1] and a double CD live album called Goodbye Cruel World. The band has also released many split 7-inch singles on smaller labels, with most of these being out of print and difficult to find. The songs from these 7-inch singles were collected on the second disc of Goodbye Cruel World.

The band disbanded around 1999 due to internal financial and management conflicts.[2]

In 2001, the Guinness Book of Records awarded Brutal Truth the record for “shortest music video” for their video “Collateral Damage”, which is 2.18 seconds long and consists of 48 still images in rapid succession followed by a clip of an explosion.[citation needed]Richard Hoak, Hole in the Sky 2008

Drummer Richard Hoak also provides vocals and drums for a project titled Total Fucking Destruction. Kevin Sharp released an album with Venomous Concept in 2004, a hardcore punk band featuring members from the Melvins and Napalm Death. He was also a member of Australian grind band Damaged for a little over a year in 1999. He is also currently involved with the Atlanta-based hardcore-metal, grindcore band, Primate, with guitarist Bill Kelliher from Mastodon. Dan Lilker now plays for a host of bands and is currently bassist for the re-united Nuclear Assault.

Brutal Truth re-formed in 2006 with three-quarters of the final line-up returning (Lilker, Hoak and Sharp); Erik Burke (of Lethargy) replaced Brent McCarty on guitar.

On July 8, 2008, four new Brutal Truth tracks were released on the This Comp Kills Fascists compilation.[3] This is the first new material from the band in almost ten years.

On January 21, 2009, it was announced that Brutal Truth had finished recording a new album, entitled Evolution Through Revolution.[4] It was released on April 14 in North America, April 17 in Germany and on April 20 worldwide. The band have also made the entire album available via streaming from their website.[5] A video for “Sugardaddy/Branded” was released on July 17, 2009.[6]

On September 27, 2011, Brutal Truth released End Time on Relapse.[7] In 2012, the band participated in the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, performing material composed by Robert Piotrowicz.[8] In October 2012, Dan O’Hare took over guitar duties.[9] Brutal Truth will release a split with Bastard Noise on November 11, 2013.[10]

On January 10, 2014, Lilker announced that he would be retiring from being a full-time recording and touring musician on October 18, 2014, which was his 50th birthday. As a result, Brutal Truth disbanded on this day.[11]


The Birth of IgnoranceDemo1990
Ill NeglectEP1992 
Perpetual ConversionEP1992
Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme ResponsesFull-length1992
The BeastSplit1994 
Need to ControlFull-length1994
Machine Parts +4EP1996 
Spazz / Brutal TruthSplit1996 
Kill Trend SuicideEP1996
How-++-Harry Lauders Walking Stick Tree / ZodiacSplit1996 
Brutal Truth / ConvergeSplit1997 
Brutal Truth / RuptureSplit1997 
Sounds of the Animal KingdomFull-length1997
Brutal Truth / Violent SocietySplit1999 
Goodbye Cruel World!Compilation1999 
For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only!EP2000 
Table for TwoSplit2007 
Brutal Truth / Narcosis / Total Fucking DestructionSplit2007 
Round TwoEP2008 
Evolution Through RevolutionFull-length2009
For the Ugly and Unwanted – This Is GrindcoreVideo2009 
First United Meth ChurchSplit2009 
Evolution in One Take: For Grindfreaks Only! Volume 2Live album2009 
Decibel Flexi SeriesSingle2011 
Rest in Noise AmigoSplit2011 
End TimeFull-length2011
The Axiom of Post InhumanitySplit2013 
Brutal Truth plays R.Piotrowicz “Doors Open”Single2014 
Dan Lilker
Bass (1990-1998, 2006-2014)
See also: BlurringEvil WrathNuclear Assault, ex-Crucifist, ex-Extra Hot Sauce, ex-Hemlock, ex-Nokturnal Hellstorm, ex-Overlord Exterminator, ex-Redrum, ex-S.O.D., ex-The Ravenous, ex-NunFuckRitual, notS.O.D. Fist Banging Maniacs, Stormtroopers of Beer, United Forces, ex-Anthrax, ex-Holy Moses, ex-Venomous Concept, ex-Autopsy (live), ex-Dark Angel (live), ex-Lock Up (live), ex-Soulfly (live), ex-Exit-13, ex-Crab Society, ex-Human Garbage, ex-Last Satanic Dance, ex-Malformed Earthborn, ex-Sick of It All, ex-White Heat
Kevin Sharp
Vocals (1990-1998, 2006-2014)
See also: Lock UpVenomous Concept, Primate, ex-S.O.B (live), ex-Damaged
Richard Hoak
Drums (1994-1998, 2006-2014)
See also: Old HeadTotal Fucking Destruction, ex-Exit-13, ex-Caveman, ex-Homo Picnic, ex-More Fiends, ex-Never Healed, ex-Ninefinger, ex-Peacemaker, ex-Trained Attack Dogs
Dan O’Hare
Guitars (2013-2014)
See also: New Breed of VillainsOld HeadTotal Fucking Destruction

Past Members:

Scott LewisDrums (1990-1993)
See also: ex-Sanctus, ex-Extra Hot Sauce (live), ex-Winter, ex-Exit-13, ex-Filthboy, ex-Malformed Earthborn, ex-Rich Mahogany and the Leather Bound Books, ex-The Borderless Puzzle
Brent McCartyGuitars (1990-1998)
See also: ex-John Connelly Theory, ex-Senslis Killin
Jody RobertsGuitars (2006-2007)
See also: BurndwillerOrder of the Dead, ex-As the World Burns, ex-Kalibas, ex-Salt This Earth, ex-Skodag, ex-Agiel, ex-Elusive Travel, ex-Kill the Client, ex-Withered Earth, ex-Bloodbath and Beyond
Erik BurkeGuitars (2007-2013)
See also: BlurringInmaniaNuclear AssaultSulaco, ex-As the World Burns, ex-Lethargy, ex-Matrikhore, ex-Moment of Truth, ex-Napalm Death (live), ex-Kalibas, ex-Withered Earth (live), ex-Blatant Crap Taste (B.C.T.), ex-Colossus of Rails, ex-Girdle, ex-Kill Whitaker, ex-Lazers, ex-MungBeanDemon, ex-Revök, ex-Valpurga, ex-Bughouse (live), ex-Low Ton (live)

One thought on “Brutal Truth: Need To Control-1994.

  1. Post Grindcore – 95%
    we hope you die, February 3rd, 2019
    Genres touting the ‘post’ qualification should be regarded with suspicion. These days ‘Post’ has almost become synonymous with ‘meta’. It is after the thing, beyond, transcendent; packed within in this is the assumption that we are done with the original ‘thing’, whatever it may be; rock, metal, modernism. Whatever is flaunting the ‘post’ adornment is the way of the future. Of course, when this term is used in music (much like ‘progressive’), it is not literally meant as ‘after’, it is meant as a specific (and usually shitly intellectual and creatively bankrupt) style of music. Grindcore is technically a form of post post punk, in that it was spawned from hardcore punk, which is itself a form of post punk. But post punk usually refers to something very different. And that would make post grindcore ‘post post post punk’. Well anyway, the title of this review has simply been selected to emphasise how weird and interesting grindcore became in the early 1990s, especially when one considers its standing as a genre within a genre within a genre. I would never insult Brutal Truth by sincerely calling them post anything.

    Former Nuclear Blast bassist and scene elder Dan Lilker founded Brutal Truth back in 1990. After ‘Extreme Conditions Demand Responses’, a fairly straightforward deathgrind debut in 1992 that borrowed heavily from New York hardcore, follow up ‘Need to Control’ landed in 1994. This is a different beast entirely. This is not your typical grindcore album, but it flaunts its idiosyncrasy in surprisingly subtle ways. There is something very clinical about the production on this album. Not quite industrial, which often touts a dirty static to enhance the mechanical aesthetic. This is something cleaner but no less mechanical. Which feels like a paradox, because all of the musicians play with more passion, speed, and diversity than pretty much any grindcore album to date.

    Vocals vary from a mid-range death metal growl that sounds almost effortless in its clarity, to a high pitched out of control screeching that still perfectly synch up with the rhythm section, creating unity from the chaos. The variation on this album is astounding for grindcore, but as mentioned previously, not in a way that begs the listener to pay attention to how ‘quirky’ or unusual it is. Ferociously fast music that seemingly loses control of itself will give way to cheery hardcore punk riffs, lumbering industrial numbers, sludge metal, and noise tracks. But the conceptual and aesthetic unity at work behind the entire album means all these things feel at home here. They are right where they should be.

    The result is an album of crystal clear extreme metal that somehow manages to incorporate aggression, melodrama, humour, and contemplation into a finished product that leaves one feeling cold (cold to existence that is, not the album). This is a sophisticated set of emotions to illicit from a grindcore band. And admittedly Brutal Truth must pull on an array of different influences to achieve it, but the finished product is nevertheless some of the most complex and aggressive grindcore on record.

    Brutal Truth’s ‘Need to Control’: call it industrial grind, imaginative grind, progressive grind, it doesn’t really matter, it’s just an outstanding album and certainly one of the best things going in grindcore even to this day. It ticks every box in terms of coherence, variation, extremity, and execution. I simply cannot fault it.

    Originally published at Hate Meditations


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