BRUTAL TRUTH – End Time
Brutal Truth have been around long enough to know how they want things done, and the approach taken on "End Time" reflects their firm commitment to doing things their way. What this means is an album of 23 songs that push the boundaries in terms of dynamism… but is it all in the best interests of the listener?
The answer is, not really. Feeling that anyone can do flat out blast beats and slower groove parts, Brutal Truth have concentrated on packing "End Time" with as much variety and unpredictability as possible. The only problem is that this means that every time you get to a catchy part, the instruments suddenly get wrapped up in the chaotic flurry that seems to be Brutal Truth’s default state, as if they are tumbling over one another, trying to beat each other to the end of the song. This is a real pity, because so many excellent parts that scream for further exploration and repetition just get lost in the maelstrom. It speaks to the power of those parts that "End Time" is still a compelling album despite this.
Sound-wise, we are looking at vocals and bass high in the mix, drums slightly lower and guitars just about audible for some unknown reason. This album might do the trick for those who like their grind schizophrenic, but I prefer a much more straightforward approach such as that of Insect Warfare or Rotten Sound. And, although this is a long album (53 minutes), the last 14 minutes are given up to the complete waste of time that is "Control Room". That is more than a quarter of the album! Sorry, guys, but "End Time" is one I can only really recommend to those who already know and love Brutal Truth.