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Self titiled EP
September 2013
Released: 2013, Independent Release
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Having caught these guys live a few years back, as they tore their way through South London’s Dirty South, I was all too eager to check out their latest endeavours. Now they are back with a vibrant sounding EP that is set to mark these guys further apart from their peers and stand them a solid head and shoulders above their contemporaries in a 5 track offering that shows just how proficient local talent can be.

Bursting out with the technical riffs of ‘Flood’ the band showcase a mastery of their style with an impressive vocal range and cathartic blend of metallic influences and well measured use of melody and aggression. The track scales and climbs its way through the guitar work with plenty of well tight sounding time signature changes before erupting into some fret board wizardry to get heads turning.

‘Alpha’ pervades with a strong throwback to early sounding Killswitch Engage sounding choruses with a far more intelligently carved core which remains consistent throughout, with soaring clean vocals and plenty of energetic drumming running alongside.

Meanwhile, ‘Sleepers’ shows the band taking their sense of melody and solos to a whole new level, with plenty of tension fuelled build ups and climactic moments littered throughout. Before plunging into some serious double kick frenzy and deep throated growling.

Closing off with, the pit stirring wake of ‘Onyx’, the band up the ante with this final number. The fully charged guitars and ecstatic drums collide at full force with the gruesome sounding vocals with a tightly woven use of keys that is reminiscent of Born of Osiris, they certainly know how pull something truly special out the bag and keep everything sounding interesting. The final minutes see them attaining a euphoric sounding closure, indeed a band who know how to go out in style.

Overall, Brutai have never sounded more complete and more bold than the destination they are at now in their musical careers. The songs are sounding bigger and more confident than ever and everything feels like a natural progression of growth from their earlier material. Each song is different in execution and never fails to keep listeners engaged through out with a slick sounding production that is indeed worthy of their efforts.

Great work guys.

Review by Ben Spencer
Track Listing

1. Flood
2. Alpha
3. Sleepers
4. Straight Silver
5. Onyx


Vocals/Guitars - Felix Lawrie
Guitars - Henry Ryan
Bass - Michael Crouchman
Drums - Emilio Marcelo



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