The Best of British Brutality
In Battle There is no Law (self released -1987)
Concessation of Pain (self released -1987)
In Battle There is no Law - 1988 (Vinyl Solution)
Realm of Chaos – Slaves to Darkness -1989 (Earache remastered in 2005)
War Master - 1991 (Earache)
The IVth Crusade - 1992 (Earache)
...For Victory - 1994 (Earache)
Mercenary - 1998 (Metal Blade Records)
Honor-Valor-Pride - 2001 (Metal Blade Records)
Those Once Loyal -2005 (Metal Blade Records)
Barry “Baz” Thompson – Rhythm, Lead guitar
Gavin Ward – Rhythm, Bass guitar
Jo Bench – Bass guitar
Karl Willetts – Vocals
Martin Kearns - Drums
In a strange turn of events the vocalist at the time was replaced by the band's driver, Karl Willetts, just in the nick of time to record their first studio effort (entitled In Battle There is no Law). Willetts is a prominent featured member of the band's lineup and can be found on all but one of their studio recordings.
Side note: a compilation of the same name (Grindcrusher), released around the same time heavily influenced my listening habits at the time. Extreme metal was soon to replace Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax on all of my audio devices. I had found something, a beat and heavier vocals that were more to my liking. I was very quickly as they say 'hooked'!
Incidently it is also the title of this track, alongside my hatred for organized religion, that influenced one of my tales here on the site, An Unepected Knock at the Door.
The next couple of years saw several line-up changes, Martin Van Drunen (Pestilence and Asphyx) stepped in to fill vocal duties only to leave with no studio recordings under his belt, citing as the reason for his departure that he never really felt like he belonged. Mercenary was the band's first effort on the Metal Blade Records label, although Karl stepped in to record vocal duties it was long time friend Dave Ingram (who had recently left Benediction) that picked up where he left off after the recordings were complete. This is classic BT material, but noticeably slower paced than previous efforts. To be honest, this is a recording I'm not too familiar with, though after giving the entire album a listen for the first time I only wished to spin it again in order that I might become more familiar.
2001 saw the release of the first album to not feature Willetts instead Dave Ingram was the vocalist on the frontlines (militaristic pun). Honour, Valour, Pride saw the band's return to the Space Marine ethos (Games Workshop 40k) that was first visited in Realm’, then again in Warmaster. HVP (quite the acronym) boasted tracks that were slightly different in tone than on previous BT albums, perhaps they had been built to better suit a different vocalist. Whatever the reason, this is yet another album that is well worthy of a spin or two.
Close to ten years after TOL was released, its increasingly doubtful whether BT will visit the studio again, Karl also deems this the best BT album and is undecided as to whether he wants the band to attempt another of its magnitude. All's not lost though as the band have recently toured and are still reportedly on speaking terms. I have my fingers crossed that they find a resurgence with the release of anything new. Carcass shocked the metal world with their most recent album Surgical Steel and Faith No More have returned to the studio for a new album so all is not lost.
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