brutal truth

Damn. It would seem we have reached the End Time for none other than grind legends, Brutal Truth. Bassist Dan Lilker (above, left of center), who has been in every band ever, took to the Facebook page earlier today to detail his upcoming retirement from touring and recording, set to fall on his birthday on October 18th, alongside the disbandment of Brutal Truth. The post reads:

I regret to inform Brutal Truth fans that as of October 18th, 2014, I will be retiring from being a full time recording and touring musician. That date is my 50th birthday, so I chose it symbolically as a significant milestone to make such a weighty decision. As a lot of you know, I’ve been an active member of the metal scene since the early 80s with the thrash metal bands I’ve been in before the formation of Brutal Truth in 1990, and I’m simply just tired of the rigors of touring mostly. Unlike some of my peers from the 80’s who went on to sell millions of records I have always been drawn to extreme underground metal. I don’t care about staying in 5 star hotels and having a big cushy tour bus but I am getting tired of squeezing into a van for 8 hours after all these years on the road. I have always played what I believe in and that is been priority #1, but the time has come to have a little bit more stability in my life.

Brutal Truth will still be active on the touring front until mid-October and will aim to do as much as we can in the next 9 months or so. After that, I will still have creative output with my 2 local bands in Rochester NY, Nokturnal Hellstorm and Blurring and do the occasional project tour, but yes, as of mid-October, Brutal Truth will no longer exist. I do realize that will be an extreme disappointment to all the grind freaks out there that have supported this band so rabidly all these years, and your enthusiasm will always have a special place in my heart, but I’ve made my decision, and I hope everyone can respect that.

Please note that messages sent to the Brutal Truth facebook will not be answered as I do not have my own personal facebook page therefore I do not have access.

Dan Lilker

For me, it’s a huge disappointment but completely understandable. I’ve loved the band for years now and they were one of the bands that infected my ears very early on and showed me just how addictive and exciting truly filthy grind can be and I got really lucky when they returned from an eight year long hiatus just a few years after I really got stuck into Sounds Of The Animal KingdomNeed To Control. Following that, they brought out two great records in the form of Evolution Through Revolution and the unfortunately aptly name End Time. But, altogether, they left behind a near perfect legacy and anyone with an ear for true musical filth would do themselves a service to get stuck into their back catalogue. So, here’s to one of the best grind bands to have ever been.


– DL

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