Brutal Truth has been a grindcore force to be reckoned since 1990. It appears that their run might be coming to an end though, as band mastermind Dan Lilker, also formerly of Anthrax, Nuclear Assault and Stormtroopers of Death, announced that he’s stepping down from touring and recording when he turns 50, which will be this coming October 18th. Lilker made the announcement via the band’s Facebook page, and it reads as follows:
A Message From Dan Lilker
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.
Seems like a legit reason to call it quits. Getting in a van year after year will definitely take it’s toll, and while it’s unfortunate that he won’t be a full time musician any more, that doesn’t completely rule out studio work. There’s no word on whether or not Brutal Truth will completely break up following Lilker’s retirement, but it definitely seems like their live shows over the next 10 months will be the last time you’ll get to see them play. This bums us out more than Motley Crue’s “retirement.”
[h/t Zena Metal]