Brutal Truth was started in 1992 by ex-Anthrax/ex-D.O.A. bassist Dan Lilker while still a full member of Thrash act Nuclear Assault. Recruiting Kevin Sharp (vocals), Brent McCarty (guitar) and Scott Lewis (drums) the pounded out a more Hardcore Metal sound. His new group signed to 'Relapse' records to release their debut 7 Ill Neglect and album proper, Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses in 1992. Lewis, however, had plans in Lilker's other offshoot act, Exit-13, so Rich Hoak was recruited for 1993's Perpetual Conversion EP. Both Brutal Truth and Exit-13 (featuring Lilker and Lewis, along with Bill Yurkiewicz (vocals/samples) and Steve O'Donnell (guitar)) released albums virtually simultaneously late in 1994, with Brutal Truth's sophomore effort, Need To Control, and Exit-13's sophomore Ethos Musick being released. Exit-13 had previously released Don't Spare The Green Love in 1993 and Lilker managed both projects ever since, in the case of Exit-13, Just A Few More (1995) and Smoking Songs (1997) have since followed, the last featuring Bliss Blood on female vocals.
For Brutal Truth's part, their Need To Control featured a boxed set with cover versions of Lord Of This World (Black Sabbath), Dethroned Emperor (Celtic Frost) and Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd). They would follow it up with Kill Trend Suicide (1997) and Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom (1997) before splitting in 1988. A posthumous best of double CD (1 live) emerged 10 years later titled Goodbye Cruel World (1998).