Brain Drill
Apocalyptic Feasting

Like Origin’s staccato filled, voracious technicality? Like Gore? Like stunning drum and bass work? Just get this already.

In a few week span that’s has seen the release of the new Decrepit Birth album as well as the impending Hate Eternal album, the debut full length from Brain Drill cements that death metal appears to be back in a big and creative way.

Backed by rising new drummer Marco Pitruzella, who has played live drums for Vital Remains and the 7 string bass of Jeff Hugnall, Brain Drill’s sound is easily summed up as Origin-ish, but with a more grindcore/goregrind themes (Zombies, Gore as if you couldn’t tell from the cover) and should satiate fans of both the uber technical stylings of say Odious Mortem, while retaining a pungent odor of gore grind.

To be frank, the musician ship on Apocalyptic Feasting is absolutely phenomenal, and the song writing while certainly not an impromptu, catchy listen, is as intense and frenetic as anything on Origin’s relentless I, I, I release. And while the themes may imbue more simplistic, chugging throes, tracks like “Gorification”, “The Parasites”, “Apocalyptic Feasting”, “Revelation”, “Sadistic Abductive” and “Bury The Living” are filled with swirling picked riffs, vortex speed arpeggios, ridiculously agile bass play and drumming that makes Tim Yeung look like Bill Andrews (Think Origin’s “Debased Humanity” from Echoes of Decimation as a reference point for almost all the songs). The vocals of Steve Rathjen are appropriate and relatively low key dual growl scream, allowing the music to deservedly be the centerpiece of the album.

My only tiny and superficial gripe with this other wise breathtaking debut is the moniker, which simply doesn’t do the band’s intricate savagery justice, again imbuing a more simple, almost comical approach, which couldn’t be further from the band’s skill and delivery. Otherwise, musically, Brain Drill look to be teaching the onslaught of breakdown driven kids a lesson in real complexity and ferocity that few new bands might be able to match; And those select bands are already listed above.

Killer stuff.

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Written by Erik T
February 8th, 2008


  1. Commented by: brandon

    this is pretty sweet stuff, glad Metal Blade picked these guys up and released this. Killer cover art to go with the killer music as well. I gotta agree about the name Brain Drill being kinda lame, but hell, musically they’re anything but lame.

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