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Brutal Truth Announce Tour Dates
September 24, 2009
Legendary hyperblasters, Brutal Truth, have announced a run of US, Japanese and Australian tour dates in support of their brand new full-length album 'Evolution Through Revolution'. Starting in early December, Brutal Truth will team up with Municipal Waste, Phobia and more for a string of shows in the eastern US. Immediately following, the band will join Converge and Venomous Concept for a three-city tour of Japan before heading to Australia for a handful of headlining shows. A listing of confirmed Brutal Truth tour dates can be found below with more details to be announced soon.

'Evolution Through Revolution', the band’s first album in ten years, is currently streaming in its entirety at Brutal Truth has also recently premiered the first video from the record, for the track “Sugardaddy”, online now at this location.

Brutal Truth
Tour Dates:

w/ Municipal Waste, Phobia, Cauldron:
12/4 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
12/5 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
12/6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
12/7 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes
12/8 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
12/9 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
12/10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

w/ Converge, Venomous Concept:
12/15 - Tokyo, Japan - O East
12/16 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro
12/17 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat

w/ Blood Duster, Captain Cleanoff:
12/19 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
12/20 - Melbourne, Australia - The Hifi Bar
12/21 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
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Century Media Signs Venomous Concept
February 9, 2008
Century Media are glad to welcome hardcore/punk outfit Venomous Concept aboard its worldwide family. Featuring such illustrious members as Shane Embury (guitar) and Danny Herrera (drums) of Napalm Death fame, vocalist Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) and bassist Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault), you can expect a furious and violent sonic assault with the release of the band’s second album, 'Poisoned Apple', which is set for a spring release.

Embury further comments on the band’s new deal: “Venomous Concept are extremely happy to release our new album, 'Poisoned Apple', on Century Media. After the great support the label has shown Napalm Death since the band signed with them we can only look forward to good things in the coming future!"

To already get a glimpse of what is to be expected from their scathing new effort, check out two brand-new tracks at

The history of Venomous Concept can be dated back to 1989 when Shane Embury and Kevin Sharp first met in New York City when Napalm Death were asked to play their first show as part of the city’s annual music/arts festival week at legendary club CBGB’s. By chance Kevin happened to be the tour driver of Napalm Death on “The Art of Noise” tour w/ Nile, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Tranquillity and The Bezerker in 2004 and though Shane and Kevin had lost touch in the years between, some beers, some pizza and old vinyl classics by Poison Idea, Black Flag, Systematic Death renewed their friendship and all of these great bands seemed to unite the pair in a realization: “Why hadn’t they ever started a band together?”, they looked to each other bemused – time to put right to wrong.

They recruited Buzz Osbourne from The Melvins on guitar and Napalm Death’s Danny Herrera on drums and recorded their first album, 'Retroactive Abortion', in Los Angeles for Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings.

Due to busy commitments the band only managed to play one show live at The Double Door in Chicago. Shane decided to switch to guitar as Buzz’s schedule with the Melvins was a little hectic, so Shane asked close friend Danny Lilker of Brutal Truth/Nuclear Assault to step in on the bass duties. After releasing a split EP with Japanese Grinders 324 on HG Fact Records the band entered the studio to record their sophomore release.
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Shane Embury - Bass
Kevin Sharp - Vocals
Buzz Osbourne - Guitars
Danny Herrera - Drums

We are Venomous Concept… definition hardcore punk, by men who created the forum. Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, the Melvins, Fantômas, Brujeria, Damaged… the list goes on for some 20 years of recording and a combined total of 80 years of punk rock history. I think it is safe to say we know what we are doing. We are the sum total -- Japanese, Swedish, Finish, English, West Coast... a nonstop assault of raw noise… From the Gauze riffing to the brutal abuse of the Discharge beat... the GISM inspired art to the Poison Idea attitude, we make no apologies... fuck you if you’re asking…

Over the years I had talked off and on about doing a record with Buzz. My old band had done a split 7” with his and I tracked some stuff with the Melvins, but it wasn’t until I went out with Napalm a bit ago that the light switch went off in my head. A few calls later – Venomous Concept. Which, by the way, is a play on Poison Idea… quite possibly the heaviest punk band to ever grace a stage. Originally, Shane and I were talking with Mick Harris – Shane’s old drummer. I had done some stuff with him in a band called Pain Killer and it seemed like a good idea. At the last minute, Mick committed to a straight job teaching recording to the next generation and raising his family. Could have been a problem, but fortunately for us, Napalm’s Danny Herrera was visiting family in LA and seized the Discharge beat. We got together in October, and worked it out flawlessly.

We recorded our debut, Retroactive Abortion in this LA sweatbox for pocket change on our own… As Shane says, “You want perfection, fuck off!” I didn’t want any record label dictating terms… “Oh you got to use this producer… and this $1,200 dollar a day studio is a must.” That is an excellent way for some failed musician to enslave you to a contract that can never be fulfilled. A bitter note in my past history with the game. So we abused this freak engineer, Huey Dee, with nonstop noise for I believe 5 days… It is raw, hurtful and very true to the music that inspired us, but it is ours and I think it’s beautiful.

Buzz suggested his current label, Ipecac Recordings. To be honest, they were the only ones we considered. And given our past track record with countless labels, none of which a clue, Ipecac was obvious. Patton had worked with Zorn in both Naked City and Pain Killer, as I… It was all in the family and better off that way. Let’s face it, if you’re going to run a bowling alley, there is a good chance you should bowl a game or two. Mike’s game is flawless… He knows his shit and that’s good enough for me.

Make no bones about it, we are outlaws…. Ain’t a crime we haven’t committed, drink ever refused and gig we never crushed. Believe it, we are for real and Retroactive Abortion is the rebirth of outlaw punk…