Brutus Announce New Album ‘Unison Life’

"I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write..."

Brutus perfectly balance brutality and grace. With their third studio album on the horizon, ‘Unison Life’ set for release 21st October, the Belgian trio are slowly teasing us with what to expect – and, if latest single ‘Liar’ is anything to go by, it’s set to be a lesson in tragically gorgeous post-hardcore.

‘Liar’ riles and soars; rumbling basslines sit alongside ethereal wind-chimes-like sparkles, stingingly sharp with an underlying sweetness. Vocalist Stefanie Mannaerts only heightens the stakes, her rich tone floating out before descending into raw, wounded howls. The broken vocals of Mannaerts push Brutus’ sound to the next level – you can feel the emotion in your guts as her performance unfolds. You can feel the meaning of the song, every word packing a punch.

Speaking on the meaning of the track, Mannaerts says ‘Liar’ centres around relationship issues that need to be confronted head-on to be resolved; “when things get a bit more difficult or when relationships demand too much energy, I choose to avoid confronting things… It just seems like the easy thing to do so that nobody gets hurt. But in the long run, those well-intentioned lies will catch up with you, and the peace you thought you’d found turns out to be an illusion.”

The track follows on from the epic ‘Dust’, an enraged cry filled to the brim with frenzied drums and echoing, atmospheric breakdowns. The pair of singles released thus far hint at a remarkable level of growth this time around – it looks like ‘Unison Life’ may very well be the best we’ve heard from Brutus yet.

Speaking on the album, Mannaerts has said: “I wanted every song to feel like the last song we’ll ever write. It killed me inside because it’s almost an impossibly high standard, but that was my personal goal for this album. It was a two-year quest of trying to do better.”

The trio will be in the UK this November, starting in Bristol on the 16th and ending in London’s The Garage on the 22nd, and, with a fresh sound this solid, it’s set to be a magnificent affair.

Tune in now.

Words: Emily Swingle
Photo Credit: Eva Vlonk

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