Tech Death Thursday: BRAIN DRILL


Spear is out of town and he foolishly left me to ruin his weekly column. Today, we’re listening to BRAIN DRILL.

FIRST OFF, the tech news of the week:

  • Decrepit Birth have wrapped up recording on a new album! Expect it out on Nuclear Blast soon.
  • Wormhole signed to Lacerated Enemy, and they have a brand new track up for your perusal. Check out “Symbiotic Corpse Possession”
  • Hannes Grossman, former drummer for Necrophagist, Obscura, and Blotted Science, is streaming his brand new record over at Invisible Oranges. Stream Crypt of Sleep here.
  • Abiotic are hanging up their axes and calling it a day.
  • The latest iPhone sounds fucken dumb.

When Spear asked me to cover for him, I made the exact same threat I used to give Jack Bauer when he was the captain of Tech Death Thursday: “Sure, I’ll write it. But we’re gonna listen to BRAIN DRILL.” Spear didn’t take me seriously, the fool, so here we are.

Brain Drill started waaay back in 2006 when the world of metal was wild and endless thanks to a little site called MySpace. Suddenly, any teenager with a harebrained idea and some half-assed recording equipment could share their pornoskramz project with the world and be rewarded with the e-love of raccoon-haired women. In 2008, Brain Drill had just released Apocalyptic Feasting. I was in college and had befriended a pair of long-haired heshers that loved weed, Cephalic Carnage, and Brain Drill. They shared all of these items with me. Apocalyptic Feasting was impossibly fast and ludicrously heavy. In 2010, Brain Drill upped their game with the absurd mess that is Quantum Catastrophe. Back in July of this year, Brain Drill released their long-awaited follow-up to Quantum Catastrophe with Boundless Obscenity. Surely, given six whole years to craft the perfect record, Brain Drill would return to form with another brilliant clusterfuck of endlessly fun gibberish?

With Boundless Obscenity, the band displays a progression in their songwriting. That is to say, the songs sound more like songs rather than 3-minute razor bombs of bone-bleaching shred. Lyrics are more audible, the result of long-time vocalist Steve Rathjen departing and Travis Morgan, former bass player for Atheist, taking his place. The drums sound noticeably less triggered, perhaps an effect of new drummer Alex Hernandez-Bent (Arkaik). Guitarist Dylan Ruskin, the only original member of Brain Drill, indulges his guitar heroics as flourishes in service of the song, rather than the main course. All of these elements result in a smarter, more mature Brain Drill. I don’t like it.

For years, Brain Drill have been a hideous caricature of technical death metal. Every genre trope stretched out and distorted beyond reason; faster-than-fast BPMs, endlessly noodly guitar riffs, technical for the sake of being technical. Boundless Obscenity sounds like Brain Drill has taken some of their feedback as criticism and capitulated to tha haterz; the result is a solid tech death album that has few distinguishing features. For longtime followers of the band, I’m sorry to say Brain Drill has developed a modicum of taste. For newcomers, do yourself a favor and blast your brains to mush with Apocalyptic Feasting and Quantum Catastrophe.

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  • I’m looking for BRIAN DILL so I can follow him on facebook but he keeps telling me to fuck off. What gives?

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    More like IDon’t, amirite, huh? Anyone?? Is this thing on???

  • Cephalic Carnage rules. I miss those pot-heads.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Are they done?

      • No clue man. I really haven’t followed them since Xenosapien which was released in 2017. I graduated high school that year. Haha! Good riffs and killer drummer though.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Last album I had too.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        Talk to more beer, he’s friends with those dudes.

      • more beer

        No they are not.

    • Howard Dean

      Love this video from a live show. Funny as fuck:

    • I would love a new Cephalic Carnage album right about now.

    • more beer

      They are still around. They play here pretty often. Lenzig told me a few months ago they have been working on new music. I get stoned with him whenever we run into each other. Which is pretty often.

      • Ayreonaut

        That’s awesome

        • more beer

          Yes it is. They played a new song the last time I saw them a few months ago. I can’t remember the name of it. It was a Cephalic show things can be a little hazeeee!!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Tyree, hit us with a mad gif!

  • Mosh Hoff

    Still haven’t gotten around to checking it out. Didn’t realize it was Alex HB on drums, that boy ain’t right.

    • Spear

      It’s good, but not as ludicrous as their old stuff.

  • Howard Dean

    The only mental association/thought I ever have when I see the name Decrepit Birth–this crusty fucking bastard (can only imagine how he smells):

    • He’s homeless right? I think I read that he basically just lives on a board walk on the beach.,

      • Maybe he’s pulling a Fletch

        • Howard Dean
          • Good evening. I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not

          • Howard Dean

            I’ve always heard Chevy Chase is a massive asshole, and I believe it. Even though I enjoy a lot of his movies, he just gives off those “I’m a fuckface douchebag” vibes. The question is, though: Is Chevy Chase more of an asshole than John Mellencamp?

          • Haha, nah I think you are correct. I read an interview with Dan Harmon (Creator of Community) on Chevy. He made him sound like a total dick.

          • Mosh Hoff

            Knowing what supposedly went down on the set for Community, I believe that he is. He basically got the show’s creator (Dan Harmon) fired, and when he came back for the next season it was on the condition that Chase not be there.

            EDIT: what Tyree said.

          • Man once upon a time every Thursday night it was Community, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock back to back to back. I miss those Thursday nights.

          • Mosh Hoff

            I never finished Parks and Rec (which apparently got a lot better later in the show) and never saw 30 Rock. I’ll investigate.

          • I can’t recommend Parks and Rec and 30 Rock enough. And yes Parks and Rec did get much better after seaon 1.

          • Mosh Hoff

            I can’ recall when I stopped, but it was way after season 1. I just kinda forgot about it even though Nick Offerman and Adam Scott were great.

          • That whole cast is gold.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I hate Chevy Chase as well.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Damn. That last question is a real thinker. Fuck Mellencamp, and Jackson Browne, and Bruce Springsteen.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Jackson Browne is a wife beater so I agree with that and hating Mellencamp.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They’re all garbage.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You have a point. I never got the appeal of any of those artists except for Bruce. He’s a good guy.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Nope, still don’t get it, and never have.

          • This is a good general rule for all humans.

          • Springsteen <<<<<<<<<<<<<

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Tyree plz! I’ve seen him 8 times and hes still good!

          • He was never good.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Tell that to my dad. He’s a huge fan of his.

          • A lot of people love him. No denying that. It’s like Deadheads.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            He’s also a Deadhead. He saw them hundreds of times.

          • I’m not surprised.

      • Howard Dean

        Haha, yeah. The Trivia section on his metal-archives page says that he “has lived homeless voluntarily for over 20 years, living off the land, growing his own weed.” Always makes me chuckle.

        • Ok, it’s coming back to me now. Wow. I wonder how these bands get in contact with him. Strange.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            “Smoke” signals? Or they follow his repugnant stench?

          • Fuck! Good point.

          • A less-than-epic quest for weed and vox.

      • Ayreonaut

        Lol that’s awesome

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


  • Has anyone ever tried throwing a guitar down several flights of stairs and recording it? A new genre could be born – Wrecked Death.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Skronk does that all the time.

  • ugh

  • Waynecro

    Decrepit Birth is awesome, and I’m psyched about the Wormhole album. The new Hannes Grossmann album is great. I like a lot of Boundless Obscenity, but Apocalyptic Feasting will probably always be my favorite Brain Drill album. This Tech Death Thursday did not disappoint. Thanks, Joe!

  • My thoughts exactly Joe Spearnspear. I loved the first one, liked the second one….and this one I listened to once, if that.
    And the craziest part is that I haven’t gotten any older since those first two albums came out!