SOLD OUTThursday 20 April
BrutusBEL + PsychonautBEL
Psychedelic postmetal & genrebending rock
When times are tough, or you’re feeling worn down, you start longing for a life of total peace. A life where there are no fights, arguments or lies; where there is no such thing as disappointment and your actions have no consequences. Some might call it a “fantasy world”. Genre-jumping Belgian trio Brutus call it the ‘Unison Life’ – a phrase that titles their third studio album. Unison Life is about all the stuff that wears you down in the first place. It’s the ugliness, the pain, and the acts of bravery that get you through it all.
Since their formation in 2014, Brutus have made a name for themselves with their restless, emotionally raw rock that traverses the landscape of metal, punk, post-hardcore and beyond – often in the same song.
From their 2017 debut album ‘Burst’, to 2019’s ‘Nest’, to releasing a May 2019 performance at their hometown venue Handelsbeurs Concert Hall as a live album during the pandemic, Brutus has levelled up at every turn. However, it wasn’t until ‘Unison Life’ that Brutus had the time and space to really consider their direction.
PSYCHONAUT is a psychedelic post-metal collective from Mechelen, Belgium. The three-piece made themselves a name across the Benelux underground with a raw and compelling live show, which merges their wall of sound with intense visual landscapes and moody lighting design. Contrast and variation are the two main anchors on which they base their musical and visual ideas.
Their debut album ‘Unfold The God Man’ showcases truly world class musicianship and songwriting abilities, heavily influenced by 70’s bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but also drawing inspiration from contemporary heavy artists like Tool or Amenra. Recorded by Chiaran Verheyden at the renowned Daft Studios in Malmedy, ‘Unfold The God Man’ is an intricate concept album tackling philosophical and existential themes.
Their long awaited sophomore album ‘VIOLATE CONSENSUS REALITY’ is finally out on Pelagic Records. The album is described as raw and brutal unlike albums that are catering to more repeating motifs and needlessy complex song structures.