Brutus
Burst


4.0
excellent

Review

by Prancer USER (3 Reviews)
March 20th, 2017 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bursting at the seams with sound

Brutus is a melting pot of sound whose style ranges from the aggressiveness of hardcore punk to the ethereal atmosphere heard in shoegaze. This Belgian three-piece combines the best of many genres, such as the soaring guitar tremolo picking from post-rock, the frantic drumming heard in black metal, and the desperate shouting in punk music to create the monolithic force heard on this album. The band’s frontwoman, Stefanie Mannaerts, takes on half of the band’s responsibilities. Not only does she bring the energy through her voice, but she is also the woman behind the drum kit.

From beginning to end, Burst does not allow for a shortage of energy. The second track “All Along” encapsulates nearly everything the album has to offer. Playing at the pace of a punk song, the track dives into a barrage of sound that can be compared to acts such as Deafheaven and Oathbreaker. This blackgaze influence is frequent throughout the duration of the album. There is also a strong post-rock influence on tracks such as “Not Caring” and “Drive” in which the band will feature crescendo-driven instrumental sections. However, Burst does not fall short of passionate singing either. Stefanie pours her heart into her vocal performances for the entirety of the album, with her voice sometimes being on the verge of giving out from her intensity.

As Burst progresses, tracks like “Horde II” and “Baby Seal” may seem like filler that does not offer anything new or different to what the band has already accomplished at this point in the duration. The band may have a tendency to reuse song structures already heard from earlier tracks, and Stefanie’s lyrical redundancy will often contribute to this. However, while the back half of the album may take a dip in power, it ends on a high note with the closer “Child.” This track perfectly sums up the album as it dynamically moves up and down to build up to a crescendo of soaring vocal melodies in a triumphant soundscape.

During a year where it seems like established rock and metal bands are dropping safe or lackluster albums, Brutus has released an honest record that feels like a sigh of relief. Burst wears its heart on its sleeve, and shows you exactly what it wants you to feel. If there was ever a chance to get excited about a rock album this year, it’s already here.



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Essence
March 20th 2017


5834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

YES TWO REVIEWS brutus rule

Prancer
March 20th 2017


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is actually a reposted review because I made a new account lol. But yea, I've still been jamming this album.

Essence
March 20th 2017


5834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh

zaruyache
March 21st 2017


17895 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

GOT EEM

Taxt
April 1st 2017


1048 Comments


Woah, this is pretty great

tcat84
April 7th 2017


1141 Comments


This is so good. Reminds me of when Yamantaka/Sonic Titan at their heaviest.

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2017


1978 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, All Along especially

anatelier
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2017


1978 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Surprised not more people are talking about this

elliootsmeuth
April 28th 2017


3353 Comments


Sounds pretty intriguing, I may check it.

Essence
April 28th 2017


5834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it's just a very under the radar release

Prancer
April 28th 2017


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Being a band from Belgium they only recently announced their album would be available worldwide coming May, so hopefully they get more attention soon. The only reason I even heard of them in the first place was because I heard 'Drive' played a few months ago on the BBC radio rock show while waiting to hear a live Dillinger Escape Plan performance lol.

Taxt
April 28th 2017


1048 Comments


I think they're working with Sargent House records now, so hopefully they get some more buzz. This album fuckin rules

zaruyache
May 6th 2017


17895 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This is pop punk

Prancer
May 6th 2017


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds nothing like pop punk

zaruyache
May 6th 2017


17895 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

this is pop punk wearing the cloak of post-metal and a shoegaze mask.

Prancer
May 6th 2017


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Change "pop punk" to "post hardcore" in your sentence and I agree with it lol. I get what you mean but I hear more punk than pop in this.

Essence
May 8th 2017


5834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this has nothing to do with pop punk dude

zaruyache
May 8th 2017


17895 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

add some b-beatz and a second guitar and it's Tonight Alive with tremz.

Prancer
May 8th 2017


466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It sounds kickass which is all that matters to me.

StickFeit
May 8th 2017


688 Comments


Live this is kind of bad



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