Brutal Truth

Evolution In One Take: For Grindfreaks Only! Vol 2

Written by: PP on 03/03/2010 11:59:23

Last year, the reunited seminal grindcore outfit Brutal Truth released their first studio album since 1997, the skull-grating, calculated insanity known as "Evolution Through Revolution" and blew most fans and critics alike away. Not only had the production improved to an acceptable level from the mess known as mid 90s in grindcore, but the songwriting itself was on another level. The short, dissonance-oriented bursts of chaotic noise were executed through ingenious structure, abrasive power, and most importantly, with abysmal precision. Fans of Napalm Death, Carcass, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan and bands like that each found something to like on the record.

Eight months later, the band found themselves at Mark It Zero studios with sound engineer Dan O'Hare, with the objective to record "Evolution Through Revolution" live from start to finish, in one take. Hence the name "Evolution In One Take: For Grindfreaks Only! Vol. 2". It is the second such experiment, following "For Drug Crazed Grindfreaks Only! Live At Noctum Studios" back in 2000. What the purpose of the band releasing a live version of precisely the same riffs and the same songs as earlier remains a mystery to me, but I guess it's interesting to hear how solid, vicious and relentless the record sounds even without punishing, crystal clear production applied to it. If anything, it's a testament to how good Brutal Truth and the album are in reality because the accuracy of their hyper-speed playing is out of this world.

There are only three pieces communication from the band, other than the instruments and growling of course. At the start of the disc, the vocalist says "Sugardaddy" before the band unleashes their devilish sound without any warning, halfway through, where he announces "Attack Dog", and finally, at the end of the disc, where the music ends abruptly in a statement "we gotta go". End of disc. Now, if you're a Brutal Truth fan, you may find something to like on this disc, just out of curiosity. If you're new to the band, I recommend first checking the studio album, as the live version of it is even more chaotic and challenging than the original.


Download: Sugardaddy, Evolution Through Revolution, Grind Fidelity
For the fans of: Carcass, Napalm Death, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Listen: Myspace

Release date 22.12.2009

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