Sound — 5
The poster boys of techdeath are back with a new offering of earmushing insantiy. Following the release of 2008's debut album, Brain Drill have garnered a pretty big following in only 2 years. Whats made them so big is the over-the-top style of techdeath that they play. This new album is the follow-up to this ludicrous bands debut and its safe to say, it hasn't changed at all. Whats made Brain Drill stand out the most within the quickly growing gathering of new techdeath bands is that they actually try to sound like their namesake: Listening to Quantum Catastrophe IS like having a drill being pushed into your head. Heres the thing: If you're looking for anything new or interesting from this album, you are wasting your time. Its basically the same sort of material with a few changes here and there to make it a little different from the debut: Rediculous amounts of blast beats/gravity blasts, a sweep riff every 10 seconds and the sort of bass levels they use to rupture wholes in the earth. Despite the main sound being overused by a hundred different bands, Brain Drill aren't without talent. Far from it, the musicianship is phenomenal, especially the bassist (who almost exclusively uses two finger tapping for the album to give it a sporadic feel) but all they've achieved is making the exact same music as their debut despite having the skills for something better. Its not entirely with fault though: Solos (if they really are 'solos' and not just more sweep fills) are neo-classically influenced and are surprisingly melodic and if you really really like this sort of brainmashing music, then theres no band that can really bring the speed or heaviness neccessary for satisfaction (although I guess most of the people who give it a listen will be turned off). Even so, if you listen to this album, you're either brave or foolish enough to listen to 3 minutes a peice of chaos.
Lyrics — 5
Despite the shortcomings of the actual music, the lyrics section shows some redemption, if just a fraction. Taken from the track 'Beyond Bludgeoned': You will be left, beyond bludgeoned. Your screaming means nothing, smash your skull merciless. Hope fading with the will to resist. Gushing blood from every orifice. Decayed and displayed. The tale of your tortures shall remain endless. I'm sure you can agree, suitably horrific for the genre. But 'Quantum Catastrophe' focuses more than just mass murder. The composers have added some level of difference to them and most of the other songs focus on inter stellar destruction, alien invasions, ancient religious subjects such as the coming of some saviour to bring the rapture and, of course, many zombie apocalypses. The vocalist is pretty much run-of-the-mill. His style is mostly just burbling death growls that are haphazardly placed over the music with the odd deathcore (yes, deathcore) scream added every now and again. Its nothing new, but at least they're not rubbish.
Overall Impression — 4
Theres no real use trying to compare techdeath with itself. Brain Drill are in their own league of insanity, although I think that its not exactly the best league to be in. By the end of listening to 'Quantum Catastrophe', I'm really beginning to see that all techdeath bands from the last 5 years are all as gimmicky and rediculous as DragonForce. Its a shame, because I had respect for the musicianship and the way that barely any other band could actually make so much noise but all in all its now just becoming a growing trend. The few songs worth a mention are 'Nemesis of Neglect' which doesn't have a single sweep for 40 seconds (my god..) 'Monumental Failure' (just for the name) and the actual title track 'Quantum Catastrophe' which is over 16 minutes long. Infact thats the longest death metal song I've ever listened to, and 5 minutes of it is mostly sound effects. I can't really recommend this to anyone, unless you are totally into this sort of music. Its a bit of a dissapointment, as the debut was fun because it was violent, but doing the exact same thing with 'Quantum Catastrophe' again is just a sign that the band have no other interest in being anything else.