The Awful Truth (band)

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The Awful Truth were a progressive metal band from the late 1980s based in Houston, Texas, United States.

They were a three piece consisting of bassist Monty Colvin, drummer Alan Doss and guitarist David Von Ohlerking. They only released one album, the eponymously titled The Awful Truth. After the band split, Colvin and Doss formed the Galactic Cowboys.

According to producer/manager Sam Taylor, Ohlerking named the band after the old 1937 movie of the same name.

According to Colvin, Metal Blade Records signed the band after they had broken up. Metal Blade Records actually took the band's demos, mastered them and released them as The Awful Truth's debut album.

The Awful Truth album[edit]

The Awful Truth
Studio album by The Awful Truth
Released March 1989
Recorded Rampart Studio (Houston)
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 48:17
Label Enigma Records
Metal Blade
Producer Sam Taylor

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Takes So Long" – 5:46
  2. "Circle" – 5:18
  3. "I Should Have Known" – 7:32
  4. "Higher" – 7:17
  5. "Ghost of Heaven" – 4:41
  6. "No Good Reason" – 6:16
  7. "Drowning Man" – 5:56
  8. "Mary" – 5:31


  • Monty Colvin - Bass, vocals
  • Alan Doss - Drums, vocals
  • David Von Ohlerking - Guitar, lead vocals
  • Jack van Skilling - zither
  • Tom Mason - dulcimer
  • Brandon Shea - maracas, yodelling
  • Derik Van Reenan - Cover art concept
  • Randy Rogers - Cover art
  • Steve Ames - Engineer
  • Tony Dawsey - Mastering