Influential extreme metallers BRUTAL TRUTH have reunited to record a song for an upcoming EYEHATEGOD tribute album, with the possibility of some live appearances to follow. BRUTAL TRUTH bassist Danny Lilker (also of NUCLEAR ASSAULT and ANTHRAX fame) has commented on the band's plans in the latest installment of his regular column in the U.K.'s Zero Tolerance magazine, which is reprinted (with kind permission from Zero Tolerance) below:
"Hi everybody. Well, it would seem that for the first time, the name of this column will finally have some modern relevance. Here's what's going on.
"You've heard about how catastrophic Hurricane Katrina was. Well, I'm gonna tell you how this led to BRUTAL TRUTH becoming active again.
"A couple of members of the classic New Orleans sludgecore band EYEHATEGOD lost everything they owned as well as their homes in the hurricane. The band has reached out to the scene and asked if there was any way that some bands could cover EHG songs for a benefit album to help these guys get back on their feet again. They also made a special request to see if there was any way in hell that BRUTAL TRUTH, who've been disbanded since 1998, could somehow reunite to contribute a song, since that would certainly provoke some extra interest in the album.
"So, for a damn good reason, BRUTAL TRUTH has recorded a version of the EHG song 'Sister Fucker'. The original song appears on the 'Take As Needed For Pain' album and is split into two parts, which we recorded as one long song. It was just a matter of Gurn [guitarist Brent McCarthy] and Rich [Hoak, drums] coming up here to Rochester where our friends in SULACO graciously consented to letting us borrow their jam room for the purpose of learning, rehearsing and recording the song. A friend of Rich's came up with him and recorded it, it was then sent to Kevin [Sharp, vocals] out in Chicago where he tracked his vocals and mixed it, and it will soon appear on the album that will be released on Emetic Records. And in case you're wondering, yes, it's faster than the original!
"Now, I suppose by now some of you might be saying, 'Well? Is that it? You guys planning any shows?' Well, since we all live in different cities now, and we went to the trouble to get together to learn a fairly easy song, we kinda shrugged and said 'Let's see if we can play any of our shit!' Weed was smoked. And it appears that we still have that chemistry that made us what we were, so although there are no confirmed shows at the moment, I will say that it is certainly in the realm of possibility that there will be at least one live show, and what happens then remains to be seen. Meanwhile, here is an incomplete list of bands appearing on the comp, and I'll keep you guys informed on whatever happens next."
"For The Sick - A Tribute To Eyehategod" tentative track listing:
BRUTAL TRUTH - Sister Fucker (Part 1 and 2)
WATCH THEM DIE - Serving Time in the Middle of Nowhere
BURIED AT SEA w/ Kevin Sharp - White N.gger
BYZANTINE - Shop Lift
DEAD BIRD - Children of God
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY - God Song
ICHABOD - Jackass in the Will of God
MINSK - Ruptured Heart Theory
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION - Kill Your Boss
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR - Unknown
MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT - Story of the Eye
SWARM OF THE LOTUS - Blood Money
RAGING SPEEDHORN - 30$ Bag
SOW BELLY - 99 Miles of Bad Road
OZENZA - Revelation/Revolution
TRIAC - My Name is God
UNEARTHLY TRANCE - Shinobi
HALO OF LOCUSTS - Dixie Whiskey
IF HE DIES, HE DIES - Age of Bootcamp
THE ESOTERIC - Crimes Against Skin