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Thrashback Thursday: Brutal Truth - Sugardaddy

Last week, we took a look at grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and their song, "Suffer The Children" from the "Harmony Corrupted" album. The record was their first with vocalist Barney Greenway (with whom you can see an exclusive video interview here,) and was more widely available in North America than their previous two albums, with many grindcore fans and favourites there citing it as heavily influential on the American grindcore scene. This week, we're going to stick with the genre and look at perhaps the most revered name from the other side of the Atlantic; Brutal Truth.

Brutal Truth was one of approximately 18 billion bands that Danny Lilker was a member of, forming the group after his departure from Nuclear Assault, (themselves covered in this column a few weeks ago.) They released their superb debut album, "Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses" in September 1992 through Earache Records, which was home to a number of grindcore favourites and associates, including Napalm Death, Carcass and Godflesh. It was followed eighteen months later by another awesome release, "Need To Control," after which they left Earache and signed with Relapse Records, widely considered to be Earache's American equivalent. With their new label, they released the somewhat experimental mini album, "Kill Trend Suicide" and another excellent full length, "Sounds of the Animal Kingdom" in 1996 and 1997, before deciding to call it a day, signing off with the double disc live and rarities album, "Goodbye Cruel World."

In 2006, Dan Lilker, Kevin Sharp and Richard Hoak, three quarters of the final lineup, along with new guitarist Erik Burke, reformed the band and contributed new music to the "This Comp Kills Fascists" compilation album. Fans were eager to hear a new full length from Brutal Truth however, which finally arrived in April 2009, under the title, "Evolution Through Revolution." The introduction to the album came in the form of the song, "Sugardaddy." It was a remarkable return, showcasing all the talent and trademark sound that made Brutal Truth one of the most recognisable names in grindcore.

The video threw fans a little at first, with its silent movie style showing the group turning up at the studio to play a song and the members ribbing each other, before a memorable riff peaks in, allowing Sharp's gruff scream to be unleashed, along with all the noise and fury of extreme music. It's riff laden, blastbeat filled and led by the iconic barking vocals of Kevin Sharp. It even features a groovy kind of bridge, before naturally returning to the explosive sound of before. The video even throws in the six second track, "Branded" as a bonus. It was a great return from a band that fans of extreme music had been missing and since Lilker's retirement in 2014, we miss again.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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