Brutai – Brutai



Review by Connor Flello

Not giving up melody over brutality, Brutai have shot out of nowhere with an incredible self-titled EP.

No, they’re not one of those djent bands that name themselves after oceans or animal, but they’re almost like a young Killswitch Engage with a hint of Soilwork and Sybreed in the making.

Once Flood sonically punches you in the face, an impending feeling comes that this is going to be a great EP, and we’re not wrong.  There’s as many brutal moments in this song as there are melodies in the soloing throughout the 5 tracks on the album. Henry Ryan and Felix Lawrie (guitars and vocals) are the true standouts, with Sleepers and Straight Silver highlighting their guitar prowess, from all things brutal to arena-esque anthems.  This wouldn’t be possible, of course, without the rhythm section of Michael Crouchman and Emilio Marcelo (bass and drums respectively), who help propel the songs on this EP. Finishing with Onyx, the band puts in an all-out performance that sees them bring the EP to a close at a perfect time; it’s not too short and it’s not too long or too short, it’s just right.

How these guys are barely heard of, I’ll never know. But one thing I can say is that you should give these guys a listen – calling their self-titled debut ‘good’ is an understatement. Calling it great, on the other hand, makes it far more worthy.

Rating: *****/5

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