Interview: Brutus on taking the next step and embracing melody with energy

Rob Duguay
4 min readNov 11, 2019
From left to right: Stijn Vanhoegaerden (guitar), Peter Mulders (bass), Stefanie Mannaerts (drums & vocals)

Brutus are the kind of power trio that raises their emphasis and volume to incredible levels. They call the historic city of Leuven, Belgium home and they’ve already become a force in Europe over the latter half of the decade. With the release of their second full-length, Nest, via Sargent House Records on March 29, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until they make their mark across the Atlantic. Their intense sound melds the most amplified styles into one. It’s a fantastic experience for the senses and the likelihood of listening to them more than once is very high.

Recently I had a talk with bassist Peter Mulders and drummer & vocalist Stefanie Mannaerts about the making of their latest album, doing two things at once, touring the United States and writing new material.

Rob Duguay: Nest has been getting a ton of attention this year. What was the vision the three of you had going into the studio and did it change as each track got recorded?

Peter Mulders: Our vision was kind of simple, we wanted to record a better album than our first album. We felt a need to take the next step as a band in discovery of both our identity and sound. That did not change while we were recording, but maybe a little bit when we were writing. When we started writing the songs, our first album, Burst, was just out. Then there was a lot of touring with our debut and this album is definitely about handling that period. We also think it’s an honest and pure album, it’s really about what was happening to us in that time frame of writing.

The three of you have a sound that mixes the tone of black metal, the structure of progressive rock and the energy of hardcore punk into something extraordinary. What are some influences you bonded over when you started writing music together?

PM: To be honest, I don’t think we really bonded (laughs). Especially with our first album, when we started writing it was more like a mix of all kinds of things each of us like. I think we all like melody and energy, so those are our most important influences. We have to feel it and we have to hear it, if you know what I mean. Don’t ask me what it is, it’s just something we connect about. If all that is in a song, we can move on to the next one.

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Rob Duguay

Editor-In-Chief & Founder of Culture Beat on Medium. Freelance Arts & Entertainment Journalist based in Providence, RI. Email: rob.c.duguay@gmail.com