brutus Burst (CD, £7.25)label: Hassle
Belgiumís heavy atmospheric trio BRUTUS release their debut album. Hailing from Leuven, 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 aside Peter Muldersís powerful sub-frequency shift. The three collide to make a sound as monolithic and frantic as it is emotive.
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