Brutal Truth - Need To Control (7/10) - USA - 1994
Playing time: 43:02
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Having turned the world of extreme music on its head with their debut, the heavy as fuck “Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses”, Lilker and the boys had a lot to live up to, if they had hopes of bettering the aforementioned album. With REPULSION and TERRORIZER pretty much out of the picture and both NAPALM DEATH and CARCASS in a rut, this band carried the hopes of Grind in the 90s. Did they better their legendary debut? – I hear you ask…
Well, unfortunately they didn’t. At least not to this reviewer. I think that upon this album’s release BRUTAL TRUTH were in pretty much the same position that SLAYER were after they put out “Reign In Blood” – they realized that they couldn’t possibly improve on perfection and make an even more pummeling album, so they put out the more restrained “South Of Heaven”; and so, BRUTAL TRUTH released “Need To Control” and album that is much more “mellow” and experimental than the previous one.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, as this album contains lots of great Grind tunes that will still maul you into the ground, but the emphasis is more on melodies and overall song arrangements than on brutal heaviness this time around. This is apparent once the first track opens with its decidedly Doom tendencies and overall slow and crunchy riffs. This trend is prevalent on much of the album and a lot of the times I felt like I was actually listening to a Doom/Death band, not a Grind band. The album finally comes to life with the brilliant “Godplayer” that features some unorthodox didgeridoo playing during the intro before plunging into full on Grind, with some of the best riffs around the mark. Great stuff!!
Musically this album can be divided into three parts: the Doom parts, heavy Grind and experimental noise. The band balances all these diversities out quite skillfully, but the music tends to drag on an bit during some of the more experimental noise tracks – especially during “Ironlung”, a track that they could easily have left out. They do redeem themselves with “Media Blitz” (GERMS cover) a total throwback to 80s Hardcore/Crossover, with a great vocal performance by throat abuser Kevin Sharpe. But the best track on the album would have to be “Brain Trust”. It starts out very Thrashy and then the sound of the wind howling through the trees comes in and this effect is maintained all the way through in the background while the band goes from Grind to Death to Thrash all during the same song. What a brilliant and inventive track!!
So it is not a band album at all, but it will take a few listens before you will be able to fully appreciate it. Kevin Sharpe is still amazing behind the mic, while the rest of the band’s performances are all solid across the board. I liked Scott Lewis’s drumming on the previous album, but newbie Rich Hoak delivers a great performance behind the drum kit. The production is way better that on their debut though and it has a “warm” crunchy feel to it that works well for this kind of music.
But alas, “Extreme Conditions...” beat me to within an inch of my life, while this album merely shoved me around…(Online April 15, 2006)