Brutus’ Stefanie Mannaerts Shares 10 Songs for Black Days // Revolver

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For the members of Belgian post-hardcore trio Brutus, music is all about “energy and emotion.” The group’s 2017 album Burst is full of both, a quality that has won them many fans including ex-Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato (now of the Black Queen), Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

For our continuing “Songs for Black Days” series, presented in partnership with Hope for the Day, we asked vocalist-drummer Stefanie Mannaerts to share some of the music that has helped give her the energy and emotion to persevere through dark times. Below is what she offered up.

Lorn - “Sega Sunset”

English is not my first language so I do need melodic/instrumental “words” that I can relate to how I feel. I don’t always find answers or understanding in words. I feel very understood and not alone when an artist can make a track that describes exactly how I feel and gives me answers. This one is very special to me.

Cult of Luna - “Back to Chapel Town”

This band has always been present in every part of my life for such a long time now. For good and for bad times, sometimes specific songs can instantly bring back a certain feeling that you’ve felt at an important emotional time in your life — not always good times. With this song, I am taken back to good feelings. This band overall makes me feel better, even though it is a heavy band.

“Kaval sviri (A kaval is playing)”

You can restore your own battery from positive emotional power that others bring to the table. For myself, it works very well. This traditional song is so powerful. I don’t understand a single word, but I feel every part of it, and that I am, as a listener, part of it. If you like this kind of energetic folk music, you also can look up Nord-Spanish traditional vocal songs. The rawness is very good.

Raketkanon - “Anna”

Raketkanon just has such raw songs, based on honest human emotion. I discovered them live and they left their mark pretty hard on me. They sing in a made-up language … based on, in my opinion, pure feelings. When everything comes crushing down on you, it feels like their pounding drum and bass driven parts make the surface reach for the sky and push you to go forward.  

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