Posted in metal | music on January 10, 2014

...from being a full time recording and touring musician

by Doug Moore

Dan Lilker with Brutal Truth, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Dan Lilker is far and away one of the most important bassists in metal history; from his early-'80s thrash and grind work in Anthrax, Exit-13 and S.O.D. to his going concerns in Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and Venomous Concept, he's routinely been a step ahead of the rest of the scene. He's also served as a live utility player for several notable bands, including Autopsy, Dark Angel, Lock Up, and (weirdly) Soulfly.

Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of both Lilker and Brutal Truth in the coming years. According to a message on Brutal Truth's Facebook, Lilker is retiring from active touring on October 18th, which is his 50th birthday. Brutal Truth will tour actively until then and then throw in the towel as well. Lilker will be remain active in his Rochester non-touring acts Blurring (which features several members of the underrated deathgrind band Kalibas, including one-time Brutal Truth guitarist Erik Burke on drums) and Nokturnal Hellstorm.

Bittersweet news. While it's always sad when influential legends like Lilker and Brutal Truth hang up their...um...van-driving gloves, both entities have given plenty to the metal world over their lengthy tours of duty. They deserve their rest.

Read Lilker's statement in full below...

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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.

Thanks,
Dan Lilker

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Comments (58)

This dude is a legend.

He's been around forever and played with everybody

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:00 PM

This dude has not only been in a ton of killer bands that are well respected all over the world, but he's also a super nice person. Get fucked, you nobody.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:27 PM

Sausage retirement = Walmart greeter? Not with those tats, sugar bear. Pizza delivery? No, too much thinking involved. Sanitation worker? With those benefits, that ship sailed a long time ago. What then? SOMEBODY HELP THIS BROTHER OUT!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:36 PM

Take S.O.D's advice, mutants.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:40 PM

does he get a gold watch and a pension?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:50 PM

Real metal-ers don't retire at a certain age.

I'm using a big example, but Lemmy is practically ageless.


Even you useless scarves even know that. Think of all the aging fruits on Christopher Street that continue to not let up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:56 PM

get those cargo shorts to the sausage hall of fame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 12:58 PM

│ │
┼ BUCKEYE SHRIMPER ┼

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:00 PM

12:59
how's the noon hour crowd at whatever fair trade coffee co-op you're working on your sure to be rejected novel at?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:24 PM

since poseurs like deafheaven and liturgy are what passes for metal today, i'd want to retire as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:33 PM

1:33 Greetings, this is Fabio Mortis from italian metal zine HELL SHIT. much agree that POSERS and TREND PEOPLE need to STAY AWAY from comment!!!!! Comment on the REAL black metal and true evil!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:42 PM

rejoice scarves of brooklyn, chromeo just added a second show! you can get those tickets you missed out on and stop being dicks in the comments of stories that don't concern you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:48 PM

I thought that lxly's endless fights with himself (yes, he's both lxly and bshrmper) were blocked from BV? What gives?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 1:56 PM

"blocked from BV"


haha


stupid sausages

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:01 PM

Honestly, the scarves insult is truly a pathetic comeback.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:06 PM

because sausages is so intensely clever to begin with of course.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:07 PM

I guess that answers my question, since every one of the 86 replies in the past 10 minutes are still him.

Posted by 1:56 | January 10, 2014 2:08 PM

Buckeye Shrimper would loose s slap fight with a midget. Buckeye is the sausage D, without the high paying job at C-Town.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:14 PM

^ HC is sausage JV. No comparison. HC idiots still have interests outside their provincial numbskullery. Sausages have been in the evolutionary toilet swirl for so long that they're convinced the world is spinning and they are clear. Just smh, at both of them really, but really smh at the sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:31 PM

lol @ the cargo shorts and point letter t-shirt

truly bereft of self awareness

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:34 PM

You think it's sausage but it taint

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:37 PM

They are home-made cut-off cargo shorts, which just makes them even more sausagey

Posted by A non e mouse | January 10, 2014 2:52 PM

I'm surprised you post at all, 12:59. Any time is a good time for latte. Don't get caught at work like you were caught brown-handed at GGBH this time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 2:57 PM

the cargo short is the razor scooter of the music set

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 3:00 PM

Aren't all the metal doofs priced out of Brooklyn by now?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 3:09 PM

^ East New York and Brownsville are the new Metal Zone

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 3:14 PM

lots of respect for Dan Lilker

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 3:34 PM

It's hard out here for a sausage. Sometimes it's a struggle just to find a straw to shrimp with.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 4:04 PM

the Ipods

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 4:13 PM

I hate this website.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 4:46 PM

It's much easier to be snarky in your cubicle at your job you hate while you contribute nothing to this world, while people like Danny (regardless if you like his music or not) work hard, put themselves out there, and have been giving people joy for 30 years.

Posted by josh | January 10, 2014 4:48 PM

LOL @ "Josh" the sausage "beard" scarf

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 5:01 PM

Haim sucks. Just wanted to throw that in there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 5:58 PM

You forgot to mention that they suck live anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 6:00 PM

Confused 50-year-old man meets sudden desperation at the realization that he is unemployable in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ...

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 6:33 PM

wonder if they'll tour the states for a change before the bow out?

pretty sure everyone who posted a comment here will go. in cargo shorts, no less.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 7:20 PM

^ maybe so, but only real sausages get to work the business side of the glory hole amirite

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 7:25 PM

Ah Shrimpy, still the same ....

10 lb of shit in a 5 lb bag ...

and friends with straws and bungholes

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 9:21 PM

Don't talk shit about cargo shorts, guys. Before those were invented, sausages would have to take off their fanny packs to play their pointy guitars. Cargo shorts are like a fanny pack on each leg!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 9:57 PM

Is there maybe 1 person who is 50 or so posting here?

If you are not there, you have no idea.
I do not care what diet or exercise plan you are on.


Plus, how many here have put on the mies this guy has.

Bunch of know it alls with little real experience.

Go to bed and do not forget to brush your teeth or no legs tomorrow!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 9:58 PM

^ is "mies" your nickname for cargo shorts?

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 10:19 PM

LOL yeah there's only one of us

just smh

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 10:20 PM

12:32 learn how to write proper fucking English.

And way to drop a sausage reference, everyone. So proud of all of you! You found the internet!

Posted by Sausage reference! | January 10, 2014 11:24 PM

^ so mad, so mad, smh

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 11:29 PM

^ Oh, now I have to leave the internet! Oh no! (Forgot your sausage reference, by the way.)

Posted by Sausage reference! | January 10, 2014 11:30 PM

retires to a lifetime supply of sausage

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 11:42 PM

11:30

here you go

8=========D~-~,~'~~

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 12:15 AM

Metal is the only genre where you get cooler, the older you actually are. The ONLY genre. Why retire??

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 2:15 PM

"Cargo shorts are like a fanny pack on each leg!"

This may be the most insightful, intelligent comment I have ever read on BV

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 2:51 PM

What does sausage mean? Like sausage fest? Or fat ugly sack of meat?

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 4:16 PM

10:19 ahahhaha

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 4:17 PM

2:15 Yer Fuckin Out!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 5:38 PM

As a cargo-shorted sausage myself, I approve of this hate-filled comments section.

Posted by Embury REMAINS | January 11, 2014 9:22 PM

When I run out of underwear, I just put on two pairs of cargo shorts to soak up mu urin and feces. THAT is true Scandanavian Black Metal!!

Posted by Ogre Von Hellion III | January 11, 2014 9:42 PM

^ lolol there are 2 others of you lololololol

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 10:00 PM

9:42 HAIL THE GOAT!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2014 11:29 PM

THESE COMMENTS ROCK!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 6:10 AM

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