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BRUTUS – ‘Burst’ Album Review

BRUTUS – Burst

brutusBelgium’s heavy atmospheric trio BRUTUS have announced the release of their debut album ‘Burst’ for February 24th 2017 via Hassle Records, and a UK tour beginning in March 2017.

Hailing from Leuven, Belgium, BRUTUS create a pummeling, relentless 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 with bassist Peter Mulders providing plenty of power.

The album opens with March where a strummed bass string is soon joined by some super guitar work and frantic drums. The song builds, slows down, grabs you by the throat and then holds your hand. The vocals are a combination of the Ravonettes and the late Mia Zapata of The Gits.

All Along is the lead single from the album and it’s a belter. It’s anthem like and aggressive at the same time with some lung bursting vocals. BRUTUS are very sophisticated as they experiment with a variety of tones, speeds and treatments but they are not at all lacking in power.  Not Caring takes a U2 style guitar riff but adds that Napalm Death drumming and plaintive vocals whilst Justice De Julia II touches on Siouxsie & The Banshees with a rhythmic nursery rhyme played at Spinal Tap eleven! There is a superb middle that drives into shoegaze territory with power and precision.



Midway through the album and Drive is introduced with atmospheric layered keyboards before the guitars and drums kick in with a vengeance – I loved this track with it’s atonal flourishes and urgent and angry vocals. Elsewhere on the eleven track debut is the fast-paced and accessible Looking For Love on Devils Mountain where the package reminded me a little of Austra.

BRUTUS can certainly go toe-to-toe in the punk field as the brilliant Horde II demonstrates. The closing track is the six minute, Child and it gives the trio ample space to showcase the excellent guitars, incredible drumming and strong vocals – This band are different, clever and well worth your time.

Having gigged rigorously across Belgium, in April 2016 BRUTUS decamped to Vancouver to record ‘Burst’ and you can Pre-order the album now from iTunes here – or the band’s official store here –

Catch BRUTUS live at the following UK dates in March & April 2017.



29 Green Door – Brighton

30 Old Blue Last – London

31 The Fleece – Bristol


02 Ramsgate Music Hall – Ramsgate



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