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Last Known Status: Regrouped
Latest Brutal Truth News
Below is our complete Brutal Truth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Rochester, New York-based technical grindcore act Blurring premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming five-song EP "Cloud Burner", which will be released on April 28th via Bandcamp. Blurring features legendary bassist Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Anthrax, etc.) and Erik Burke (Sulaco, ex-Kalibas) on drums.
Check out now "Cloud Burner" in its entirety below.
Lock Up (Napalm Death, Ex-Brutal Truth) premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Demonization", out in stores now via Listenable Records.
Check out now "Demonization" in its entirety below.
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Benighted, Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming self-titled EP, which comes out on Wednesday, November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Records in a limited box-set format as well as standard formats.
Check out now "Stench Price" in its entirety below.
New grindcore supergroup Stench Price - involving members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, ex-Monument Of Misanthropy, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Benediction, Bolt Thrower, The Grotesquery etc. - premieres a new music video for "Pressure", taken from the upcoming self-titled EP, which will be out in stores November 30th through Transcending Obscurity Productions.
Check out now "Pressure" below.
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Denver Black Sky - set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ - has announced plans to extend the lineup of the two-day, three-stage event with three additional acts.
The festival organizers are pleased to welcome Mexican death grind perpetrators, Rottenness, which features Mile High City metal veteran Ben Pitts on vocals. The band will drag its own special brand of filthtified death metal to the DBS stage on Saturday.
Also making its way to the ceremony of chaos is Los Angeles powerviolence troupe Maladjusted, and finally Denver Black Sky welcomes iconic grindcore/crust combatants Nausea to the riotous bill.
The second edition of Denver Black Sky features another vicious lineup that includes appearances by 908, ACxDC, Annul, Brutal Truth, Cannabis Corpse, Cattleist, Cephalic Carnage, Condemned Remains, Dead Temple, Doperunner, Early Graves, Ghosts of Glaciers, Gomorrah, In The Company Of Serpents, Khemmis, Municipal Waste, Nails, Noisem, North, Phobia, Resurrection, Scalafrea, Skinned, The Drip, The Xiphoid Process, Theories, Transient, Vale of Pnath, Wayfarer, Xibalba, and Zombie Hate Brigade.
The Godfathers of grind in Brutal Truth are heading to Europe this week to commence the first leg of their final dates on that side of the pond. Earlier this year, the band announced the grind is finally coming to an end after 24 years.
Brutal Truth will head back over in June for shows in France and Spain, before one final visit to bow out at Obscene Extreme festival in the Czech Republic.
Of the appearance at Temples Festival in Bristol, U.K. this weekend, Danny Lilker offered the following: "OK people, this is it! The last Brutal Truth UK show! Unlike that well known and loved British icon Ozzy, when we say we're done, we're done! Come on down and grind with us one more time. Love, Dan Lilker"
May 02 Temples Festival w/ Electric Wizard,... Bristol, United Kingdom
May 03 Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg, Netherlands
Jun 16 Le Secret Place Montpellier, France
Jun 17 Sala Explosivo Zaragoza, Spain
Jun 18 Sala Koh Tao Mislata, Spain
Jun 19 Sala Silikona Madrid, Spain
Jun 20 Estraperlo Badalona, Spain
Jun 21 Hellfest w/ Nile, Carcass, Clisson, France
Jul 18 Obscene Extreme Fest Trutnov, Czech Republic More...
Following a successful debut last December, the bringers of Denver Black Sky are pleased to announce a second edition of live debauchery.
Crowned "Colorado's Best Metal Festival" by Denver Westword, this year's Denver Black Sky event will take place August 2nd and 3rd again at the Gothic Theatre and Moe's BBQ and feature another vicious lineup that includes appearances by:
Day 1 - August 2nd, 2014
In The Company Of Serpents
Vale of Pnath
Ghosts of Glaciers
The Xiphoid Process
Italy's Cripple Bastards has been confirmed for the upcoming Obscene Extreme Festival. The following press release was also issued about the appearance:
"You could say this is a 'grindcore hat-trick' as it is the third OEF appearance in 2014 for Italian hate mob Cripple Bastards after headlining the insane Obscene Extreme Asia in Tokyo and Obscene Extreme Australia in Melbourne earlier this year. But if you really want to see the Bastards play at home, then Obscene Extreme Trutnov is the grounds for the final massacre. They have been blasting the shit on stage since the festival's birth back in 1999 and raised the most infernal stage diving pits for countless times through the years that followed.
"26 years after their conception Cripple Bastards still hold the banner high as Italy's most hostile and aggressive grind/hardcore unit around. With one foot firmly in the past and all the vicious savagery of manic fast 80's hardcore extremity, Cripple Bastards are also charging forwards. With bloodshot eyes and a rabid 'get out and bite them' attitude, this band are ready to introduce their brand new 2014 full length 'Nero In Metastasi' on Relapse Records and they will consolidate their ongoing mission of bringing nihilistic, fuck-you-all, grinding hatred to every corner of an underserving mankind. Cripple Bastards will also be introducing for the first time ever on Trutnov's Battlefield their 5 piece line-up with new axeman Wild Vitto on second guitar which will only enhance their wall of hate/grind fury!"
The Obscene Extreme festival will be taking place from July 16th - 20th, with ticket information available at this location. Now the festival has announced several new additions to the lineup, including Brutal Truth and Morgoth. The festival organizers comment:
"Few bands represent Obscene Extreme as fully as US grind legends Brutal Truth – they've weathered break-ups and line-up changes, but never once have they halted in their mission to keep pushing the bleeding edge of grindcore.
"Never complacent, each steamroller of Brutal Truth album has furthered their sound and moved the goalposts for the whole damn genre in the process. Now bassist, founding member and extreme metal champion Dan Lilker approaches his 50th birthday, he's stepping back from music and his baby - Brutal Truth - will be no more.
"When the band returned in 2006, it was Obscene Extreme the following year that welcomed them back as very personification of the festival. Now, seven years later we'll bid them farewell with one final performance. Obscene Extreme 2014 – this promises to be unforgettable!!!
"Another band that will be stepping out onto the Obscene Extreme stage this year will be fathers of the German death metal scene, the mighty Morgoth. Originally split in 1998 after only three albums - the coffin-lid hammering of 1991's ‘Cursed,’ 1993's forward-thinking ‘Odium’ and their most divisive albums ever, 1995's post-punk ‘Feel Sorry For The Fanatic.’ More...
Brutal Truth has teamed up with Terrorizer.com to release a new music video for "The Stroy," which can be seen below.
The track comes off Brutal Truth's split with Bastard Noise titled "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity." The entire split can be heard at this location.
In related news, Dan Lilker recently announced he would be retiring from music later this year. Read the full statement right here.
Dan Lilker of Brutal Truth has checked in with the following announcement about retiring from music:
"I regret to inform Brutal Truth fans that as of October 18th, 2014, I will be retiring from being a full time recording and touring musician.
"That date is my 50th birthday, so I chose it symbolically as a significant milestone to make such a weighty decision. As a lot of you know, I've been an active member of the metal scene since the early 80s with the thrash metal bands I've been in before the formation of Brutal Truth in 1990, and I'm simply just tired of the rigors of touring mostly.
"Unlike some of my peers from the 80's who went on to sell millions of records I have always been drawn to extreme underground metal. I don't care about staying in 5 star hotels and having a big cushy tour bus but I am getting tired of squeezing into a van for 8 hours after all these years on the road. I have always played what I believe in and that is been priority #1, but the time has come to have a little bit more stability in my life.
"Brutal Truth will still be active on the touring front until mid-October and will aim to do as much as we can in the next 9 months or so. After that, I will still have creative output with my 2 local bands in Rochester NY, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Blurring and do the occasional project tour, but yes, as of mid-October, Brutal Truth will no longer exist.
"I do realize that will be an extreme disappointment to all the grind freaks out there that have supported this band so rabidly all these years, and your enthusiasm will always have a special place in my heart, but I've made my decision, and I hope everyone can respect that." More...
Brutal Truth released a new music video for the track "Lottery," which appeared on the 2011 album "End Time." The footage was filmed between 2009 and 2011 and was directed by David Hall and edited by VHS Skillz.
Check it out here:
Legendary grindcore godfathers Brutal Truth (covered in our Sunday Old School column earlier this year) and abrasive-noise terrorists Bastard Noise have released their new split, "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity."
Combining over four decades of grinding noise dominance, "The Axiom of Post Inhumanity" is a long overdue pairing of extreme music veterans that is sure to push the limits of even the most masochistic listeners. Check it out in the player below.
Brutal Truth drummer Rich Hoak commented on the collaboration: "Working with Bastard Noise has been an honor! together we have created The Axiom of Post Inhumanity with the specific purpose of frying your brain, so please listen LOUD!!" More...
It’s been a while since Sunday Old School has looked at a truly extreme band, and music doesn’t come much more extreme than grindcore. The grindcore movement was doing well by the late eighties in Europe, but America was yet to produce a proper, standout band in the genre. Perhaps the first band to do just that, was Brutal Truth. Brutal Truth was formed in 1990 by bassist/vocalist, Danny Lilker as a side project while he focused his efforts on the thrash metal outfit, Nuclear Assault. He was joined in the endeavour by guitarist, Brent "Gurn" McCarty and drummer, Scott Lewis and it wasn’t long before the trio recorded their first demo, "The Birth of Ignorance." They soon went from three members to four, when they recruited music journalist, Kevin Sharp to become their new vocalist, allowing Lilker to focus his attention on playing bass. They performed when possible, eventually attracting the attention of grindcore home, Earache Records, who offered the band a record deal, as well as Lilker’s escape route from Nuclear Assault, who he had grown distant from.
Brutal Truth recorded their first album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses," which was hailed immediately as an instant classic in the still burgeoning grindcore genre and in 2009, was voted the best American grindcore album of all time by Terrorizer magazine. The album spawned music videos for the songs, "Ill Neglect" and "Collateral Damage," the latter earning the group a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records for the shortest music video ever, clocking in at only four seconds. They soon hit the road to support the record, perhaps most notably when they teamed up with three of the biggest names in British extreme metal, Carcass, Cathedral and grindcore godfathers, Napalm Death for a North American tour, before heading to Europe with Fear Factory. More...
Veteran bassist Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault, Nokturnal Hellstorm, etc.) has signed on to compose original music for "Seed to Son," a sci-fi horror short in pre-production in Rochester, NY.
The filmmakers are currently raising funds for the short via kickstarter, where you can find more information about the film and see a teaser featuring music by Lilker. Check it out right here.
Lilker has previously worked with director Mark A. Zuniga on the quirky short Red Balloon 2, available at YouTube.
This years edition of the the Eindhoven Metal Meeting will take place from December 12th - 14th, 2013.
The festival's organizers have now checked in with the following announcement about adding more bands to the bill:
"Tiamat, Elvenking featuring Martin Walkyier's Skyclad, Brutal Truth, In Solitude, The Rotted, Centurian, entrapment and Sound Storm have been added to our bill!
Brutal Truth has announced a run of summer and fall European festival appearances and tour dates. Kicking off July 24th at Metal Camp in Slovenia, the grind veterans will perform a string of 10 dates before heading back in September for another run. A complete listing of dates is included below, with more to be announced shortly.
Brutal Truth released last full-length "End Time" in 2011. That album along with numerous other Brutal Truth releases is available for streaming via Bandcamp here. The band also recently remixed a track from "End Time" featuring numerous guests, which will be released in the near future via Relapse as a split with powerviolence vets Bastard Noise. Details on this split will be announced shortly.
Brutal Truth's Danny Lilker comments: "Brutal Truth is psyched to head back over to Europe this summer to grind! We hope to see all the grindfreaks coming out to witness the mayhem. SMOKE GRIND SLEEP."
Dan O'hare adds, "I can't wait to get out and play brand new songs from our upcoming release for all the sick grindfreaks in Europe. This will be my first summer festival tour as the new guitarist in Brutal Truth and I can barely contain my inner grind animal! Grind until you're dead!" More...
Behexen and Woe have been added to the already extensive lineup for the Dutch Incubate festival, which takes place this coming September. Full details and tickets can be found at this location.
Other bands playing Incubate include Immortal, Mayhem, Gehenna, Khold, Tulus, Chaos Invocation, Dragged Into Sunlight, Brutal Truth, Worship, and many more. The currently announced lineup is:
Friday September 20th
Dragged into Sunlight
Terzij de Horde
Downfall of Gaia
Age Of Woe More...
The blazed henchmen of grindcore, Brutal Truth, will storm through the Northeast U.S. with two shows next week, and have confirmed the crashing of a round of European metalfests.
Next Saturday, March 16th, Brutal Truth will raid Brooklyn to pummel the Saint Vitus bar with support from Total Fucking Destruction [double Hoak duty!], Psychic Limb, and Hivesmasher, on the way to the Philthadelphia Infest in Philly the next night with Master, Malignancy, Embalmer, Phobia, Cannabis Corpse, and labelmates Devourment.
This Spring and Summer, Brutal Turth will raid European audiences several times, confirmed to hit Stockholm, Sweden on April 18th, followed by participation on Close-Up Magazine’s Båten cruise with Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, and others over the following days. July will take the bastards back to Europe once again to slaughter crowds at Metal Days Festival in Slovenia and Stonehenge Fest in Holland.
Brutal Truth assaulted the masses with the monstrous "End Time" LP in September 2011. Stream "End Time" in its entirety at the horde’s official Bandcamp here.
3/16/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Total Fucking Destruction, Psychic Limb, Hivesmasher
3/17/2013 Gunner's Run - Philadelphia, PA @ Philthadelphia Infest w/ Devourment, Master
4/18/2013 Püssy A Go Go - Stockholm, Sweden
4/19/2013 Close-Up Båten cruise w/ Entombed, F.K.Ü., Scar Symmetry, Grave, etc.
7/24/2013 Metal Days Festival - Tolmin, Slovenia w/ Mayhem, In Flames, Exhumed, Meshuggah
7/27/2013 Stonehenge Festival - Steenwijk, Netherlands
Relapse Records has released a new online compilation in honor of Pat Egan, who recently passed away. The label comments:
"Our hearts go out to our brother Pat Egan and his family. Pat was our Director of Sales for over 10 years and passed away on Monday morning after battling pneumonia. We have created a 20 song sampler to benefit his daughter's college fund. Any and all donations are very much appreciated. RIP Pat, we love and miss you!"
The Dillinger Escape Plan also commented on the compilation:
"On Monday Pat Egan, Relapse records director of sales for the past 10 years, passed away after a struggle with Pneumonia and related complications. Pat was a champion and great friend of Dillinger for years and we are very sad to have lost him. He work very had to get our music out to all you guys and now is your chance to show your appreciation.
"Here is a link to a compilation featuring songs by us and a bunch of other bad ass Relapse artists. All proceeds from the download of this compilation will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie, a scholar and an athlete with a bright future ahead of her. All of the bands on this compilation have waived their royalties and Relapse is passing through all proceeds from the sale of the comp directly to Pat’s wife and daughter.
"The compilation costs a minimum of $5, but you are welcome to donate more than that if you would. There is no limit on how much you can give."
The track listing is as follows: More...