This release from the back end of 2013 is one that I had originally missed on the list of promos available for review but, after the announcement that Brutal Truth would be calling it a day this year, I was eager to see how they would wind down such an influential band. This collaboration between two genre-defining bands that on paper looked like it could be something very special.
I have always been a big fan of Brutal Truth, never satisfied to stick to one scene, always looking to branch out and try something different. Some of it may border on pretty challenging listening (the 22 minute ‘Prey’ at the end of “Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom” being a prime example), but they were always a band with plenty of ideas, and the courage to follow those plans.
This collaboration was released on vinyl and CD, with different track listing on each, but I have heard this a whole, with 7 tracks from Bastard Noise followed by the 3 from Brutal Truth. Starting with Bastard Noise, the duo of Henry Barnes and Eric Wood has conspired to produce 48 minutes of unsettling electronic violence. Mixing occasional haunting ambience with some utterly brain meltingly harsh electronic turmoil. Each of the first few tracks seem to flow well into the next, with new and different sounds being added as they progress, some having a less frenetic feel than others.
The three Brutal Truth tracks are a little disappointing, as for the length of time covered (nearly 50 minutes) there is a lot of promise, but not much actually happens. There is the threat of the band breaking through and throwing down some good old-fashioned brutality, but it just never materialises. Two remixes of the same track, (‘Control Room’ from the 2011 album “End Time”) and a new track in ‘The Story’.
The best way I can describe this release is that it sounds like a collection of recordings from different electronic experiments. All in all, an OK collection of noise, although it never quite hits the mark of something like Paul Catten’s “Themes & Variations For Strings And Electronics”. It is not a bad release, but it’s something I can’t imagine really listening to more than maybe once or twice. I hope that there is something else to come from the band, such a great legacy deserves something a little better to go out on.