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Album Review

Brutal Truth's debut stands as one of the first full-length albums to take the prototypical grindcore of pre-'90s Napalm Death and integrate the sound into a collection of songs with enough variety to function well as a reasonably diverse album. The group obviously bring more than just grindcore to the table on Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, with some hints of noisy hardcore punk and slower forms of heavy metal. Most songs last a few minutes and move through a few shifts, peaking with small explosions of sound. The better songs stray from this fairly generic template, beginning with "Birth of Ignorance," a song that takes growling vocals to new extremes. Here, vocalist Kevin Sharpe blows you back a bit with his guttural voice during the song's rather catchy chorus, which acts as a sort of call-and-response between the deep voice of Sharpe and the high-pitched screams of bassist Dan Lilker. Another song, "Walking Corpse," integrates the banshee vocal explosions of Napalm Death's "You Suffer" into an actual song, using this brief moment of apocalyptic intensity for a powerful chorus. Another standout song, "Time," reverses the formula, slowing down the song's pace to a lumbering tempo for six minutes of slow, grinding sound and wonderfully demonic singing. And of course, there are the brief, ear-piercing explosions of "Collateral Damage" and "Blockhead." Though the successive album, Need to Control, stands as this New York band's best release, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses remains one of the best grindcore albums of the '90s, setting new precedents for the niche style. [Earache reissued Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses with bonus tracks, among them Brutal Truth's cover of Black Sabbath's "Lord of This World."]

Customer Reviews

Death/Grind at it's finest IMO.

I think of this album as a more focused version of Napalm Death's first two albums, complete with socio-political lyrics, blisteringly fast periods along with tight groove periods, even down to the song titles with abbreviations (think "M.A.D." and "C.S." from Napalm Death's 'Scum'), but with differences. This album has much better recording quality than ND's early albums, and while I like raw-sounding albums, it always seemed to get in the way when I listen to albums like Scum. Second, and more importantly, this album has much better riffage and technical skill. To put it simply, if you are a fan of early Napalm Death, but something about them leaves you hungry, buy this album immediately.

Scum might be the Pioneering album, but this is as good as it ever got!

If I had to recommend one album to someone who said "What is Grindcore?"....this would be it. IMHO this is the pinnacle of Grindcore. There might be better single songs out there, but as an entire record....this is it. Enjoy......

An excellent start of a brutal band

This is Deathgrind at its best. One of their greatest albums next to Need To Control. Seriously, check it our if you're into this genre.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York City grindcore primitives Brutal Truth formed in 1990, originally comprising singer Kevin Sharp, guitarist Brent "Gurn" McCarthy, bassist Dan Lilker, and drummer Scott Lewis. Signing to the Earache label, the group released its debut album, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, in 1992; drummer Rich Hoak replaced Lewis to record the follow-up, 1994's Need to Control. Upon signing to Relapse, Brutal Truth resurfaced two years later with Kill Trend Suicide; Sounds of the Animal Kingdom...
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