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Brutal Truth

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New York City (1990 – present)

Brutal Truth is a New York City-based grindcore band that was formed in 1990 by ex-Anthrax and Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker. Brutal Truth was one of the pioneers of grindcore who enjoyed world wide success, particularly in Japan and Australia.

Originally signed to Earache Records, on which they released two albums, 1992’s Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and 1994’s Need to Control, as well as an EP entitled Perpetual Conversion, and a 7” single for the song “Godplayer”. During this time, music videos were made for the songs “Ill Neglect”, “Collateral Damage”, and “Godplayer”. Brutal Truth found frustration with Earache Records, as did many 1990s Relapse Records bands, and switched to Relapse Records, known for its roster of grindcore acts, with whom they stayed until the band’s demise.

On Relapse they released the mini album Kill Trend Suicide, a full length release entitled Sounds of the Animal Kingdom, and a double CD live album called Goodbye Cruel World. The band has also released many split 7” singles on smaller labels, with most of these being out of print and difficult to find.

In 2001, the Guinness Book of Records awarded Brutal Truth the record for “Shortest Music Video” for their video “Collateral Damage,” which weighs in at 2.18 seconds long and consists of 48 still images in rapid succession followed by a clip of an explosion.

Drummer Rich Hoak now provides vocals and drums for a new project titled Total Fucking Destruction.

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