Brain Drill
Apocalyptic Feasting


3.5
great

Review

by Greg Majewski USER (30 Reviews)
February 13th, 2008 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: California newcomers deliver a solid piece of technical death metal. Quite a surprise given the fact that not only have they only released one EP before this debut, but also because Apocalyptic Feasting is all over the (fret)board with its instrumental an

Veteran Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster doesn’t just hand out praise like a kindergarten teacher with gold stars. The guy has forgotten more death metal bands than most people will know about in their entire life. So when the promo for Brain Drill’s debut LP, Apocalyptic Feasting, arrived stamped with a quote from Mr. Webster stating that the California quartet is “truly raising the bar for technicality, velocity, and overall extremity in death metal,” the band clearly had a lot to live up to.

Thankfully, Brain Drill doesn’t disappoint. In the 35 minute run of this album, the barely three-year-old band lays down some of the most devastatingly technical death metal in recent years. It’s no wonder they were signed to Brian Slagel’s Metal Blade Records after just one EP.

After a brief intro recording of a buzz saw cutting into unknown material (bone, perhaps?), the band gets right to business on opener “Gorification.” Maddening guitar leads, solos and myriad wankery speed by in a blur, while underground drum legend “Lord” Marco Pitruzzella gives the death metal scene a lesson in blast beats done right. Gravity blasts, single footers and hyperblasts are just a few of the techniques at the human drum machine’s disposal. And no matter the complexity of the beats, he plays just about everything blisteringly fast. One listen to the album’s tile track is all any faithful DM follower needs to hear to know that Marco and his band are the real deal.

Despite the relative density of Apocalyptic Feasting, the album does have some moments of respite. The fairly simple riff at the beginning of “Revelation” is as melodic as tech death has ever gotten without crossing Gothenburg’s borders. But as promising as the previously mentioned tracks are, the real highlight here is album closer “Sadistic Abductive.” While the entire track is arguably the most complex display of musicianship on the album, the song’s final moments will likely be the most intense 30 seconds of death metal put to disc this year.

Apocalyptic Feasting is a menacing slab of death metal played at 300+ BPM. This album should be a staple of every DM freak’s daily diet of punishing, unrelenting music. Origin, Necrophagist and Hate Eternal better make a move fast before the new kids steal their thunder.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Slaytan
February 13th 2008


1186 Comments


I can't say I'm impressed with what I've heard from Brain Drill; everything sounds the same.
Also, more detail would have been nice.This Message Edited On 02.13.08

Dimmu Burger
February 13th 2008


82 Comments


Good review, I look forward to hearing this. Why did it only get a 3.5 though? After reading your review I would think a 4 or so (assuming this is a 5 scale).

botb
February 13th 2008


9783 Comments


Marco owns really really hard.

McP3000
February 13th 2008


3941 Comments


Brutal Death Metal is so bad

BroRape
February 13th 2008


803 Comments


brutal death metal owns.

what i've heard from this is really good. i still haven't heard all of it yet though.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2008


15743 Comments


The album art is hilarious.

Killed4less
February 13th 2008


328 Comments


These guys try so hard it's comical.

beans
February 13th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i dont find this band to be all that badbut they're nothing special eitherThis Message Edited On 02.13.08

Slaytan
February 13th 2008


1186 Comments


Brutal Death Metal is so bad

No, it's just Brain Drill.

HighandDriving
February 13th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

After a brief intro recording of a buzz saw cutting into unknown material (bone, perhaps?)

Maybe its trying to sound like......say a......BRAIN DRILL. LOL

Good review I just can't believe the quote above.

HighandDriving
February 13th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No, it's just Brain Drill.


I'm pretty sure we can all name a few dm bands tha are worst then BD.

rasputin
February 13th 2008


14555 Comments


I'm pretty sure I can name your face.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 13th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

damn two positive reviews for what I feel is an absolute disgrace of an album. I guess I have to write one now.
Great review, I just disagree wholeheartedly.

hermitspancho
February 13th 2008


278 Comments


This should tick a lot of boxes with me but the whole thing feels empty. Almost like death metal elevator muzak .
Review on the other hand is fine work.

combustion07
February 13th 2008


5420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band is boring

guitarfreakguy101
February 13th 2008


17 Comments


marco's main project before them "Vornagar" was a step up from this noise imo.

Pebster49
February 13th 2008


2993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The drumming is really good, the guitar parts are all the same, and the song writeing is meh...

McP3000
February 13th 2008


3941 Comments


i cant believe anyone would defend these Cannibal Corpse wannabes


Killed4less
February 13th 2008


328 Comments


I can't believe how fucking bad the songwriting on this is and the guitar parts are all ridiculously wanky. If this is "the future" of death metal I won't be listening anymore.

asdemonsburn
February 14th 2008


793 Comments


^ so you have offically zero percent of that pie chart music thing that is death metal. Were you even listening to begin with?



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