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Brutus

Burst

Hassle Records
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Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, Brutus create a pummelling, meteor-shower of sound, they mix intense black metal blast beats and math-rock flourishes with brash post rock tones and hardcore punk intensity, to make make a sound as monolithic and frantic as it is emotive and unique. Stefanie Mannaerts delivers both the beats and the vocals, a delivery that to me seems reminiscent of Penetration‘s Pauline Murray, alongside guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden‘s ethereal treble laced style and Peter Mulders’ powerful sub-frequency bass lines. Burst was released yesterday, the 24th February, and is now available via digital platforms, and on physical formats via Hassle Records.

Frantic opener March means that Burst hits the ground with pounding drums and a driving technical riff that’s juxtaposed against a soaring female vocal, this segues into All Alone that delivers more of the same, intricate riffs played at breakneck pace that are overlaid with an emotive female vocal, one that carries melody and sweetness one second and abruptly switches to a vocal straining rasp the next. This style occupies much of the album but there are tracks that deviate from their genre spanning hybrid, Drive stands out on the album, with it’s revved up post punk style and echo drenched guitars, a track that hints at an influence from the likes of The Chameleons, whilst the atmospheric Bird brings a more reflective downbeat element to the mix.

Brutus‘s sound spans everything from rock and punk through to math rock and hardcore, this kind of marriage is a hard trick to pull off, yet Brutus have managed it without breaking sweat. There are constant changes in the timing and pace, often during a single track, if this had been a straight up full tilt assault it would have become a repetitive technical exercise, but the creativity and unpredictability contained on this album mean that Brutus have delivered something unique on their debut release. The intensity of hardcore is married to the technical elements of math rock and the attitude and delivery of post hardcore to create a deceptively subtle and melodic debut release, one that simultaneously manages to be brash and heavy, making Burst an impressive and original debut

You can order Burst from iTunes here or from the band’s official store here

Brutus Stream New Single ‘Drive’ From Forthcoming LP

Brutus BurstBelgium’s heavy atmospheric three-piece BRUTUS have revealed Drive, the colossal second single from their eagerly anticipated forthcoming debut album Burst, that is due for release via Hassle Records this February 24th. Brutus are currently undertaking a European tour, details of their tour dates can be found on the band’s website.

You can pre-order Burst via iTunes or from the band’s official webstore here

The new single, Drive, can be streamed here  and Brutus‘s website can be found here

Brutus To Release Debut Album ‘Burst’ on 24th February

brutus-burstHailing from Leuven, Belgium, Brutus create a pummelling, meteor shower of sound, Stefanie Mannaerts mixes black metal blast beats with math-rock flourishes whilst belting out the most impassioned vocals, shifting from deceptively melodic to out-right larynx-punishing in the blink of an eye, whilst guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden takes ethereal post rock tones to hardcore punk levels of speed and energy aside Peter Mulders’ powerful sub-frequency shift. The three members collide on their debut album, Burst, to make a sound as monolithic and frantic as it is emotive, the album will be released on the 24th February

You can pre-order Burst from iTunes here or from the band’s official store here

Brutus Share Red Bull Studios Session

brutus-red-bull-jan-17Ahead of their performance on De Etage at the Eurosonic Noorderslag this January 13th, Belgium’s Brutus have revealed a Red Bull Studios session for All Along, the ferocious lead single from their forthcoming debut album Burst, due out via Hassle Records this February 24th. More information about Brutus’s appearance at Eurosonic Noorderslag is available here.

You can watch Brutus, in session at Red Bull Studios, performing All Along below. Read More…

Brutus Announce Debut Album ‘Burst’ Via Hassle Records

brutus-burstBelgium’s heavy atmospheric trio Brutus have announced the release of their debut album, Burst, for February 24th  via Hassle Records, and they will be touring the UK from March 2017. Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, Brutus create a pummelling, meteor shower of sound. Singing drummer Stefanie Mannaerts mixes black metal blast beats with math rock flourishes whilst belting the most impassioned vocals, shifting from deceptively melodic to out right larynx punishing in the blink of an eye, whilst guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden takes ethereal post rock tones to hardcore punk levels of speed and energy alongside Peter Mulders powerful sub frequency shift, the three collide to make a monolithic, frantic and emotive sound. You can pre-order Burst here

You can watch the video for the single, All Along, and view the tour dates, below Read More…