Post-rock/Post-hardcore, however you wish to try and identify it, the second album from Brutus – Nest – is a thunderous and intricate record; a very welcome rarity in a tech-rock/metal scene that so often underwhelms.
By their own admission, the formative sound of the band was shaped by their physical limitations; drummer Stefanie Mannaerts adopted vocal duties initially out of necessity. Having fully embraced her role as both vocalist and drummer, the full range of Stefanie’s multiple talents is showcased on Nest. The abrasive urgency of her emotive vocals is mirrored in the tribalistic drumming, just as tender whispers echo the gentle roll of percussion elsewhere. Co-conspirators Stijn Vanhoegaerden (guitar) and Peter Mulders (bass) complete the magic circle with pervasive riffs, dynamic bass lines, and a fine balance between uneasy restraint and unrepentant aggression.
The path BRUTUS has taken has been meticulously mapped out on Nest. All those glorious highs and euphoric moments are present - highlighted in magnificent technicolour no less. Burrowed in amongst those triumphs are moments of reflection; the choices they have made in pursuit of their goals and the impact those choices have had on both themselves and those they have left behind in their nest.
10. Horde V
11. Sugar Dragon
Released: March 2019
Cat: HOFF300LPB / Hassle Records