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Brutal Truth: End Time

End Time is the second album from legendary grindcore act Brutal Truth since their reformation in 2006, and their fifth album overall. This band from Rochester, New York helped put grindcore on the map nearly twenty years ago with their seminal debut, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, and their latest effort proves that they are still a relevant force in the extreme metal world. If you like your grindcore to be short and to-the-point, yet still with some room for experimentation, End Time should be one of the year's highlights. Fans of Brutal Truth won't be disappointed.

The music here is exactly what we've come to expect from Brutal Truth - an impenetrable wall of noise in the form of short songs, frantic vocals, and technically outstanding musicianship, all topped off with a raw production and pissed-off lyrics. End Time isn't the most original album out there, and I can also say that it isn't quite as musically impressive as some of the band's earlier works. That's not to say that End Time isn't a good grindcore record - it certainly is - it just tends to live more in the shadow of their earlier albums than as an artistic statement of its own. Most of the songs simply aren't all that memorable, and since the album is a whopping 55 minutes (way too long for your average grindcore album), it can feel quite monotonous towards the end. The 15 minutes of experimental noise in "Control Room" doesn't increase my enjoyment either.

End Time may not be the best that Brutal Truth has to offer, but it is still a solid effort that fans of the band will definitely want to track down. Even though the CD may overstay its welcome by more than a few minutes, there are a few songs here that are among the best in Brutal Truth's catalog. People looking for an effective punch in the face from some of the best musicians on the scene should definitely have a great time with End Time. I'd say 3 stars are deserved in this case. I don't think this album adds anything new to Brutal Truth's discography, but it does prove that they are still kicking ass over twenty years into their career!

Track Listing:
1. Malice (3:27)
2. Simple Math (1:26)
3. End Time (1:58)
4. Fuck Cancer (0:59)
5. Celebratory Gunfire (1:28)
6. Small Talk (1:41)
7. .58 Caliber (0:54)
8. Swift And Violent (Swift Version) (0:47)
9. Crawling Man Blues (1:41)
10. Lottery (1:11)
11. Warm Embrace Of Poverty (3:47)
12. Old World Order (1:25)
13. Butcher (2:55)
14. Killing Planet Earth (1:28)
15. Gut-Check (2:36)
16. All Work And No Play (1:35)
17. Addicted (2:04)
18. Sweet Dreams (1:31)
19. Echo Friendly Discharge (1:49)
20. Twenty Bag (0:45)
21. Trash (0:05)
22. Drink Up (3:43)
23. Control Room (15:21)
Total Time 54:36

Added: September 29th 2011
Reviewer: Jeff B
Related Link: Brutal Truth Myspace
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Language: english

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