|Grindcore, Technical Death Metal
Metal Blade Records
February 5th, 2008
Release length: 35:07
As mentioned, the band plays a mix of Technical Death Metal and Grindcore, but in such a way that it comes off simply as pure, unstoppable madness. Right from the start with “Gorification” it’s obvious that there’s something special about this band. While the music does seem to change up quite often for this song, as well as the following track, “The Parasites”, there is no denying that you are in for one intense ride. Musically, the guitars best symbolize the Technical Death aspect of the style, having some very complex guitar work just played at break neck pace against the drums, which is where the Grindcore influence really shows through. The drumming on this release is simply phenomenal, and at the speed it is played, the cymbols and kicks often come to life in their own and come sometimes even give off the feeling like you’re listening to a chainsaw instead of a drum kit, as evidenced during the closing of the first track “Gorification”, as well as the Grindcore heavy “Forefed Human Shit”.
There are very few times where the music ever really slows down on Apocalyptic Feasting, which is just great, showing the real dexterity of the band in the studio, and just making an album that musically captures the chaos of many of the song’s lyrics. “Swine Slaughter” is one of the tracks where the music manages to slow down, as there are two parts where the Grindcore element is dropped and given to a catchy Death Metal section. Luckily for this part the vocalist is able to really hit some fitting gutterals to accompany it, along with the almost inhuman higher pitched screams that appear through this song, as well as the entire album, showing off a vocal range that greatly enhances the impact of the album.
But, as the album continues, there’s no denying that by the end you’ll kind of want it to be over. While Apocalyptic Feasting is an intense album from start to finish, the music does start to become a little repetitive, and the guitars can become a little overly technical and start playing on your nerves, like during the many bridges on “Bury the Living” where the technical aspects of the guitar work seem more focused on playing higher pitched notes randomly instead of sticking to playing some intense complex chords that go with the music. However, when they stick to the actual music and not try to show off, the music of this track is absolutely punishing. This track is really the only point on the album where it really just gets absolutely out of hand, but it’s due to this that you will start picking up on it more and more as you go back and listen to the album again. These chords will really start to stick out and kind of turn you off from many of the tracks after a while. However, there are moments where they actually do fit the music, such as on “Sadistic Abductive”, which features these at a far worse pace then those on “Bury the Living”, but they act more as a guitar solo then anything before kicking into a very Grindcore section of the song, going back into the showing off again as almost a second solo. While it sounds like it’s a bit too much from that description, it actually isn’t and winds up working well with the song instead of destroying it.
But, there’s no denying Brain Drill‘s first full-length, Apocalyptic Feasting is one hell of an album. Had the band toned down some of the stand out complex guitar riffs, this would be an album that has you constantly coming back for more with their punishing, fast paced music. This isn’t to say you won’t, as it does have some great replay value, but only after you take some time away from it and kind of put those higher pitched guitars out of your mind and approach it with a fresh outlook again. The problem is, it won’t be the same and probably won’t take long for you to pick up on them again. There’s still plenty of great tracks on here that don’t really rely on playing in such a show off method, which is really where the album shines. So, if you haven’t had the opportunity to check out Brain Drill, you should at least give them a chance as there really is some great talent working in this act, and a lot of promise for future releases. Let’sa just hope the band manages to keep the showmanship aspect down to a minimum when it’s really not necessary.
01. Gorification – 3:53
02. The Parasites – 3:24
03. Apocalyptic Feasting – 3:42
04. Swine Slaughter – 3:10
05. Forcefed Human Shit – 1:31
06. Consumed by the Dead – 3:18
07. Revelation – 3:44
08. Bury the Living – 4:13
09. The Depths of Darkness – 3:54
10. Sadistic Abductive – 4:19
|Overall Score: 7.5/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.