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Inconsistent comeback - 70%

gk, April 21st, 2009

When news first broke of Brutal Truth getting back together a couple of years ago for some shows I was quite excited. Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses and Need to Control were both quite awesome grindcore albums and I’ve been a fan of the band for a long while. So I approached Evolution through Revolution with a fair amount of interest.

Right from album opener Sugardaddy, the band makes its intentions clear. The song is a hyper charged grind that throws in scatter shot riffs and Kevin Sharp’s screams and mixes it up with a bottom heavy sludge sound while keeping the tempo at light speed at all times. While impressive for the two and a half minutes that the song lasts for, it has very little recall value. The story remains the same for the first quarter of this album as it’s only on song six, Get a Therapist Save the World that the band manage to hit a memorable groove and that is achieved by a pretty cool interplay between manic speed and sludgy groove with Lilker pulling off a pretty cool bass line. Other highlights include the completely over the top grind of title song Evolution Through Revolution which has another bottom heavy groove that is more Napalm Death than Brutal Truth. Detached is more Soilent Green than anything Brutal Truth has ever done before and it works superbly with the sludge once again coming to the fore while Semi Automatic Carnation shows the band experimenting with drone and noise to create an atmosphere that’s unlike anything they’ve done before.

Evolution through Revolution is a bit of a change for the band. I guess this isn’t really the band that made Extreme Conditions… or Need to Control and that’s fair enough. It’s been a long while since those albums were made and this new version of Brutal Truth still has a few tricks up its sleeve from actually slowing down every now and again to flirting with noise and drone. At the same time, not all of it works. A lot of these songs have a faceless similarity to them that makes the album seem like one long exercise in redundancy. Also, at over 40 minutes and 20 songs there’s a lot of music on offer and not all of it is of high quality.

I guess fans of the band will like this and grindcore fans in general should eat this up but this really isn’t a very essential release for the rest of you. If you’ve never heard the band before, then check out either of the first two albums. At the end of the day I’m happy that Brutal Truth is back but after giving Evolution through Revolution a fair few listens I’m left with a slightly unsatisfied feeling.

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