Brutus - 'Wandering Blind' (Svart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ross Welford   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 03:40

brutuscover300Brutus are the kind of band that seem to be from another time - and in no way is that a bad thing. Seemingly straddling the line between the '60s and '70s, no doubt clad in flares and clothes that are brown, they quite frankly belong to an age of pre-corruption within the music business. Influenced no doubt by Blue Cheer, Leaf Hound, Johnny Winter and Grand Funk Railroad these Swedes and Norwegians have come together to record another album of simplistic, no frills pure music (no doubt with a splattering of facial hair for good measure).


Recorded in four days in Oslo, Brutus have captured a raw energy that is both refreshing and equal parts honouring to those that have come before them. Classic heavy rock with the obvious blues/doom axis slashes through all their tracks and when they're as good as 'Drowning', 'Axe Man', or 'The Killer' you can't help but yearn for those golden, olden days. They're also not afraid to veer slightly away from the obvious Sabbath angle (vocalist Jokke Stenby does sound like Ozzy which will always aid or hinder their sound dependent on your viewpoint) such as on a song like 'Creepin' which throws a little more rock guitar into the mix, or the psychedelic twist of 'Living In A Daze' which finishes off this album.


It's trippy, it's stoner, it's got blues and it's doom and it's all deep-rooted in a time passed. It's also another album to add to the growing number of bands that seem to be determined to bring this style of music back from the dead. Who'd have thought that nearly 50 years after Sabbath and Blue Cheer arrived that they would still be influencing music in such a massive way.


Grab a beer, sit back, relax and enjoy. You know Brutus will be doing the same.


To pick up your copy of 'Wandering Blind' - CLICK HERE