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Brain Drill: Quantum Catastrophe
Grindcore, Technical Death Metal
Metal Blade Records
May 11, 2010
Release length: 41:49
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Technically, this release isn’t Brain Drill. Sometime after the band’s first full-length studio album, Apocalyptic Feasting, band members Steve Rathjen (vocals), Jeff Hughell (bass) and Marco Pitruzzella (drums) had left the band and Dylan Ruskin (guitarist) announced the band was broken up. However, Dylan then reformed the band with new members, and this release, Quantum Catastrophe, is the result of their labor. If you approach this release as a whole new band and not actually Brain Drill, it’s a solid Technical Death Metal effort. However, for those who were expecting something along the lines of their last album, they will be greatly let down, as this is in no way compares to the pure intensity that this band showed.

Once you manage to shake off the despair of this band practically becoming a toned down version of what they once were, it’s quite clear what this new group’s objective has become. With Quantum Catastrophe, Brain Drill has practically removed much of the Grindcore sound that really drove their previous outin in favor of a more traditional Technical Death Metal sound. The production of the album even sounds much different, coming off as a much heavier sound does work for what the band is doing. The only problem is that the recording quality of this recording comes off a little deeper then it probably should, and in some instances can be feel a little hollow due to the bass being at a rather awkward level. Sometimes you can hear it fine, sometimes it seems drowned out or almost of a lower volume level, or even sound highly distorted as if the volume were turned down after it was recorded at an overmodulated level.

With that aside, the music here is solid Death Metal. One of the perks about this album is the lack of any real show offey technical guitar chords that the last album crossed the “too much” border on plenty of times. The release does start off a bit rocky with “Obliteration Untold”, which really comes off more as a generic track, which there are some other tracks on here that unfortunately come off as a bit generic as well, but, with the exception of “Monumental Failure” at the end, nowhere near as bad. After that, the album doesn’t really pick up any steam, as the songs stay pretty consistant to the pace of that track, but they start to bring in a little Grindcore and more of the signature sound that Brain Drill has, as well as incorporate some stand out complex guitar chords without ever getting out of hand. The only tracks to really utilize those to great extent is “Mercy to None” which really only seems them at the end as more of a guitar solo then anything, as well as the song “Monumental Failure” which is really the only track that fans of the band’s prast releases will welcome as it shows shades of the intensity that the previous release had, and this album severely lacks, even though those chords can get a bit out of hand on this track the deeper into it you go.

Another drawback to the album is that the vocals on here lack range. From start to finish they are the same monotone gutteral style, with the only difference appearing during “Monumental Failure” where they really push for a higher rhaspier style, but it’s only for two brief moments. Had the vocalist brought more of this into the mix, then perhaps many of the songs on here would have had some more intensity behind them. The only other track on this release that really stands out would be the title track, “Quantum Catastrophe”. The song itself is actually only a bit over ten minutes, having the rest of the song be more ambience then anything from what sounds like it’s supposed to be a weird, desolate haunting wind. The actual song itself is pretty good, and doesn’t get boring even through the entire ten minutes with plenty of good changes to the music to keep the listener going. Perhaps this band has a future in writing longer, more Progressive Death Metal songs, but without the band really changing the tempo or putting any extra effort into the release, it’ll still come off rather weak.

So, what we have here is a group of new individuals with one returning member playing a toned down version of what they use to play. Quantum Catastrophe is still a solid Technical Death Metal release that fans will enjoy when they become accustomed to the new approach and members, as well as will lure new Death Metal fans in without an abuse of cocky showmanship in the guitarwork. It’s sad to see that this release has it’s good share of generic moments to it, as well as lacks a good amount of intensity behind it, but hopefully, as time goes on, the band will continue to expand and the members will continue to grow and experiment to create a new sound for Brain Drill that really drives the album much harder then what they presented here.

01. Obliteration Untold – 3:47
02. Beyond Bludgeoned – 4:17
03. Awaiting Imminent Destruction – 2:51
04. Nemesis of Neglect – 4:28
05. Entity of Extinction – 3:46
06. Mercy To None – 3:14
07. Monumental Failure – 3:28
08. Quantum Catastrophe – 16:03
Overall Score: 5.5/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.