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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a genre classic.
I am REALLY anal when it comes to Grindcore. I listen mainly to two bands in this genre: Napalm Death and Brutal Truth. Brutal Truth is and excellent band. This album, which they recorded before going on an indefinite hiatus, is a spastic, grinding and brutal pleasure drive. If you like Brutal Truth and don't own this, shame on you. If this is your first encounter...
Published on August 11, 2010 by WarTornMindscape

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1.0 out of 5 stars pretty bad awful crappy for the most part
pretty bad awful crappy for the most part
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a genre classic., August 11, 2010
This review is from: Sounds of the Animal Kingdom / Kill Trend Suicide (Audio CD)
I am REALLY anal when it comes to Grindcore. I listen mainly to two bands in this genre: Napalm Death and Brutal Truth. Brutal Truth is and excellent band. This album, which they recorded before going on an indefinite hiatus, is a spastic, grinding and brutal pleasure drive. If you like Brutal Truth and don't own this, shame on you. If this is your first encounter with this mighty band then this is a good place to start. This IS NOT for fans of bands like Whitechapel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ballbursting intensity, January 8, 2011
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monkeyboy (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sounds of the Animal Kingdom / Kill Trend Suicide (Audio CD)
Brutal Truth are one of the few grindcore bands who have the chops to remain intersting for an entire album. This album is aperfect example of how brutally intense a band can be when they stick to short, tight song structures and a blistering pace throughout. rather than getting tedious, each song delivers something new and will keep you entertained until the final track. If you enbjoy grindcore, hardcore or just plain old mental stuff that is gloriously uncomprimising and energetic, then you simply must own this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics for the price of one, March 8, 2013
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Travis Bellmare (Somersworth, NH United States) - See all my reviews
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Brutal Truth is one of those types of bands that have that classic and familiar sound but still allways manage to improve and experiment in the right ways. These two albums, combined on one disc, are no exception. Great traditional grind (if there is such a thing) but with added elements of groove and melody interwoven into mix. Weither you like the old stuff or the new (End Time is killer!) these two albums will deffinetly appeal to your pallet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two blasterpieces reissued, November 15, 2012
This review is from: Sounds of the Animal Kingdom / Kill Trend Suicide (Audio CD)
Brutal Truth's third and fourth full-length records, 1996's "Kill Trend Suicide" and the following year's "Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom," respectively, marked two of the more important and innovative releases in the band's discography. "Sounds" marked the debut of the band fusing-in a newly adopted crust punk influence into their sound. (Both the album's bass tone and vocals -- from frontman Kevin Sharp -- speak volumes about this cause.) And "Kill..." is a more straightforward, plain-and-simple grindcore album that actually has some melodic elements to it. But both records overflow with Brutal Truth's patented brutal drumming, thundering bass, and chugging, downtuned riffs. Some fairly intelligent and very political lyricism is also included on each release -- but "Sounds" is especially of note because it features conceptual subject matter pertaining to mankind's eventual apocalypse.

Kicking off said album is "Dementia," which sure gets the ball rolling in a hurry, propelled forward by furious, crushing blast beats, and hugely booming rhythms. "K.A.P. (Kill All Politicians" is another hyperspeed onslaught with plenty of blistering grindcore blasts, bludgeoning, shredding guitars, and a strong bass bottom. (And some trippy, sampled animal noise-like sound effects are also tucked into the mix, here.) The drumming talents of Richard Hoak come front-and-center on later tracks like "Soft Mind" and "Pork Farm," as they both feature impeccable, "rat-tat-tat" machine-gun blasting. And, of course, the drumming cannot go unnoticed in such cuts as "Average People (Fiend)" and "Die Laughing," although both of those songs also feature sludgy, droning guitar work. (And the latter of these two also boasts cork-screwing, viscerally grumbling, cork-screwing bass lines.) But it is the former Nuclear Assault/current Stormtroopers Of Death bassist, Dan Lilker, that steps up to the plate on some of the songs. For example, consider tracks five and fifteen, "Jemenez Cricket" and "Promise," two mid-tempo romps with repulsively nasty, ugly, and chest-caving bass throbs that gnaw away like a chainsaw. The result is one filthy-sounding bottom-end that sounds positively wet in your ears. Sure, blast beats are added when necessary, but for the most part, it is the bass that makes these two songs stand out.

Found elsewhere on "Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom" are the brutal-beyond-belief "Vision," which clocks in at only a mere forty-five seconds in length; and "Callous," which, at just seven seconds, is an even shorter track that evokes old-school Napalm Death and may make some listeners wonder "WTF was that?!". Other highlights include "Fudgetoy," which opens on a surprisingly mid-tempo note before soon exploding into a brutal, breakneck onslaught; the clattering, cluttered-sounding near cybergrind of "Dead Smart"; and the two shockingly melodic interlude-esque tracks: "Sympathy Kiss" and the haunting, seven-minute-long "Blue World," both of which allow the listener to catch a breath.

"Kill Trend Suicide" offers mostly more of the same type of song. Sure, some highly-strung guitar strings are used in this album, but so are the band's staple hyperblasts and uncompromising rhythms. "Blind Leading The Blind" is but one example of a crushing, foundation-shaking song with bludgeoning blasts and wall-of-sound riffs. Future highlights of this album are "Zombie," which is groovy and restrained and features some nice, contrasting guitar melodies; the cool, stop-start, thunderous rhythms of the title track; and "Everflow," which is an absolute, all-around tour de force for the drummer.

"Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom" takes the cake for being the better of these two albums. But they are both quality pieces of grindcore that all fans of the genre should definitely know about. And with original pressings of these discs becoming harder and harder to find, reissuing them is absolutely a worthy sight for anybody in the extreme metal community.
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1.0 out of 5 stars pretty bad awful crappy for the most part, July 29, 2014
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pretty bad awful crappy for the most part
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