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Month: January 2012

Brutal Truth – Machine Parts +4 (1995)

Brutal Truth – Machine Parts +4 (1995)

My copy of this record is the 2007 reissue by the fantastic Bones Brigade Records on clear vinyl. This noisy EP was originally released in 1998 on Deaf American Records (a label once run by ‘Truth’s own Rich Hoak) on a run of red records. There is also another Bones Brigade press of 300 on white. This is perplexing one for Brutal Truth. It is aeons away from their well assembled studio albums, having been recorded on an eight track recording in the band’s practice space. But no worries, I have plenty of shitty grind 7”s and I am one of those people who firmly believe that sometimes a “sub par” production can lend a certain charm to a record. Starting off with a blasting punky grind number which is more akin to anything by Total Fucking Destruction that Brutal Truth, side a quickly lurches towards the title track which takes up the remaining lines on the record. It’s a slow, long and winding track of excellent horribleness. Side b flies through 5 different live versions of “Collateral Damage” before ripping through more muddy-yet-awesome 8 track grind. If you are new to Brutal Truth I wouldn’t recommend you start here as they have material that is far superior to this (their debut album being a staple in the history of grindcore – you been hiding under a rock? Ha ha!), but if you’re a crust lover with a penchant for the harsher side of things, I would recommend listening to this and picking it up. Not to mention, that clear vinyl is fucking wicked!

Brutal Truth / Spazz – Split 7″ (1996)

Brutal Truth / Spazz – Split 7″ (1996)

This here version of this awesome little record is the 2010 repress by Deep Six Records. For those of you not in the know (like me when I bought this – Ha ha!) this split was originally released back in 1996 as a collaboration between fellow blogspotters Bovine Records and Rhetoric Records. I got this off the Bones Brigade stall in Hellfest 2010. Basically what we have here is more horrible spazzy 8 track foolishness from Brutal Truth! Exactly what the doctor ordered! Again, with my previous post, the production is a little bit questionable considering the usual Brutal Truth fare. It’s a crisper sound than on “Machine Parts +4”, but it is also a lot faster and a lot more frenetic. The only speed info is on the Spazz side incorrectly claims 33rpm but this record’s horrid blasting plays at 45. Before you can blink, this shit is over. Spazz on the flipside offer a more clear cut selection of tunes. The songs are still pulverizing grind, but the bass is extremely high in the mix, giving it an almost punk rock feel. And then the fucking banjo kicks in. Wow. This is my first experience with the works of Spazz, and I am impressed. The punky feel is retained throughout, and I thoroughly enjoy the listen. Note to self: download more Spazz. Brutal Truth’s muddy madness is no match for Spazz’s banjo’n’blastbeat skate-themed grindcore. There is clearly only one winner here!