East-coast grindcore kings Brutal Truth will release End Time, their sixth full-length and second since re-forming in 2006, on Tuesday. Hails & Horns is streaming the whole thing now. If 20 bucks doesn’t sound like too much to pay for a CD, you can preorder a fancy box-set version from Relapse that comes with six mini posters, a half dozen extra tracks (so about five more minutes of music, ha ha), and a tray card that for some reason I can’t even begin to imagine (cough) is scented like weed. I mean, in case you’re into that sort of thing.

As a newbie metalhead with lots of friends who haven’t been exposed to many current bands, I have my own special reason to appreciate Brutal Truth. They’re the single best counterexample I can offer skeptics to demonstrate that grindcore songs can be varied, engrossing, and expressive—not just slate-gray blurs of distortion, blastbeats, and angry screaming. And drummer Rich Hoak is one of the most transfixing spazzes in the genre—I could watch that weirdo play all day. Take a look.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.