Brain Drill
Quantum Catastrophe


1.0
awful

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (82 Reviews)
May 18th, 2013 | 18 replies | 1,027 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Someone fetch me a friggin' violin.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It's no secret that Tech Death nowadays sadly has lost the grip on what it once was. What once was a genre that was built on atmosphere and technical mastery (in addition to clever songwriting) sadly has now become devoted to wankery and hammering away at the instruments with almost complete disregard for the quality of the music, and sadly has become a ghost of what it once was. Cryptopsy had what it took to blow your mind with super technical song structures, inhuman drumming and solos that were seemingly ripped from the air above them, however what they also did was create a chilling atmosphere their music had tons of intelligence and class applied to it too; since the introduction of deathcore into mainstream media, nothing has been the same since. Technical Death Metal suddenly has more in common with deathcore and seems to be going down the same path that Nu-metal did in the early 2000s.

Enter Brain Drill. These guys are all competent musicians, and I would be lying if I told you that there weren't some legitimately cool moments on this disc. Problem is, they're buried beneath what sounds less like music and more like musicians having a competition to see who can play the fastest while a vocalist growls over them. Worsening this is the production quality of this album makes everything sound muddy and unnatural; at times all you can hear is the drumming and the growling because they're tuned up so loud, and the guitar and bass sounds as if it's coming from another room. The moments where you can hear the bass are far and in between, and the bass sounds like someone down tuned their acoustic guitar and brought it to the studio to record. Which is sad, because when you can hear the guitar and the bass, the riffing is impressive, to say the least. The vocalist deserves a special mention too, as his guttural growling is impressive, and at times downright terrifying. But he's deserving of so much more than he's given on this disc; considering how he stands head and shoulders above the less-than-impressive showmanship offered. These guys seem to have an idea how to deliver effective technicality, but they never feel like songs, more like wankery contests. Which is sad, because all the ingredients for a good death metal album on here, but they go too far with them and create a disc that I refer to as "incomprehensible".

Speaking of the songs, there are two reasons I haven't mentioned any of the songs: 1) They all float through one ear and out the other, and 2) they all sound the same. It's almost impossible to tell a song apart on this album because they all blend into each other at one point and cease to exist; there aren't any memorable lyrics, and most of the lyrics are all depressing gloom and doom lyrics about the apocalypse that don't so much create a movie in your mind, but rather sound like the ramblings of a maniacal street preacher. In the end, it's sad that Brain Drill aren't a better band than they already are. They seem to have great musicianship skills, and there are some moments on this album that do sound like they're improving a bit, but for the most part, this album is just painful to listen to (maybe that's why the band calls themselves "Brain Drill"). While I thankfully didn't get any Deathcore vibes from this record, sadly it just isn't the album it could have been. But, I do have some hope for these guys, and I do think they have a bright future ahead of them; this is only their sophomore disc, and Cannibal Corpse had the same thing happen, where their first couple discs were rather meh at best but starting with Tomb of the Mutilated, the band started improving from there on. Let's hope Brain Drill can improve as well.



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other reviews of this album
lak89 (3)
Only for fans of overly technical Death metal and not for the faint of heart....

Subrick (3)
A smorgasbord of technicality and insanity that will both please and drive away listeners....

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Adam Thomas STAFF (1.5)
An open letter to Brain Drill...

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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheMoonchild
May 18th 2013



418 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Man, Technical Death really sucks nowadays.

Shuyin
May 18th 2013



11097 Comments


beyond creation!

but yea, album really is a catastrophe

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2013



3327 Comments


The average rating of your last 6 reviews is less than 2, which means you've been reviewing some bad music - not always smart (you might want to review something you like to switch it up). That said, this is a solid review and have a pos. Would you like some more in-depth feedback?

TheMoonchild
May 18th 2013



418 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

To be fair my review of SOAD was more indifferent than negative, really.

YoYoMancuso
May 18th 2013



10751 Comments


nice review.

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


Dude check out Archspire, they're actually good tech dm.

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


better than this!

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


proves my point

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


Archspire are better than this lol

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


oh well Gorguts >

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


70s Priest Is Better

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


lol

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


probst because you're a 15yo girl!

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


I know lol dam you don't even know when someone's insulting you!

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


holy shit you don't understand jokes or sarcasm ARE YOU EVEN A REAL PERSON

tempest--
May 18th 2013



12492 Comments


gonna be a bit weird when you kill the wrong target!

sixdegrees
May 18th 2013



16664 Comments


what in the blue fuck

TheMoonchild
May 19th 2013



418 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Do bear in mind, I myself am only 21. Though I have been listening to prog/technical stuff since I was 13



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