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An Encounter With Guyanese Metal Band Brutus

Chris Edey wrote a piece in the Univerisity of Waterloo's Imprint Online edition about his encounter with Guyanese metal band Brutus:

Deep in the heartland of Soca, a rock and roll revolution is being planned, the likes of which would bring a tear to the eye of even jaded world-weary ex-hippies. The conspirators: Brutus, Guyana's foremost (and perhaps only) heavy metal ensemble. Theirs is a story of a one-band struggle against apathy, equipment problems, recording nightmares and a local music scene that regards their chosen genre as an oddity at best and an abomination at worst.

Kurt, the lead guitarist, and I got to talking about music, making it big and Guyanese society. He said that Brutus would break out and make a statement to shatter Guyana's political morass and to energize the youth of the nation (does anyone know the way to Woodstock?). But, he has more practical problems, such as organizing a revolution on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Furthermore, the rather haphazard enforcement of copyright laws in Guyana and the paucity of high-quality recording equipment and staff are constant obstacles to aspiring musicians.

Brutus was certainly well on their way to meeting their fans' needs when the challenges of being a heavy metal band in the land of Soca caught up with them. Only two songs into the show they blew out the Sidewalk's sound system in a flurry of sparks and smoking transistors. To add insult to injury, they had been using the café's back-up system, their normal set-up having been rented out to a Soca band that same night.

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