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Ben Lomond, San Jose CA, United States (2005 – present)

American band Brain Drill started in the summer of 2005 in Ben Lomond, California by Dylan Ruskin on guitars as a sideproject. After parting from his main band Burn At The Stake, he began looking for drummers that could actually play death metal and not just claim they could. After meeting Marco Pitruzella, the former drummer of Vital Remains, Vile, Vornagar, atrocious hysteria, Numa, and a few other extreme metal bands, it was obvious that he would fit in with the band
s spastic mentality. After a few months of jamming Steve Rathjen entered the band.

Brain Drill entered the studio on march 1st 2006 to release their first 6 song EP. All 6 of the drum tracks were done the day before recording in one take by Marco Pitruzella. There was no editing and nothing was done over, he busted it all out in a matter of under 2 hours with no help from any computers or metronomes in the process. The next day the guitars and bass were added by Dylan and produced by Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios. On May 9th Steve entered Castle Ultimate to lay down the vocal tracks. He had only 4 days to learn the songs and lyrics and laid them all down in under 3 hours. Unfortunately he left the band shortly after the recording due to stylistic differences.

After parting with Steve the band quickly picked up Andre Cornejo the singer [Dead Syndicate], and quickly picked all of the material up.

Steve would later reclaim vocals once the original Parasites demo was signed by Metal Blade Records.


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  • GodofDeathMetal

    When is Brain Drill going to release a new album? I've been waiting for over 3 years.

    22 Jan 6:02am Reply
  • BMDrummer53

    shit band

    18 Jan 1:45am Reply
  • braindrillz

    versionfiv, unfortunately.

    3 Jan 10:53pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    cupofheresy is right. this is hot topic nonsense for deathcore fans who want to be S0 BR00TAL

    3 Jan 12:35am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I hope they release something new in 2015 or 2016. This band is extremely awesome!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    An outstanding and killer band!

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • NYdubber

    I heard this past weekend from a very good source that new material is being worked on. ::fingers crossed::

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
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    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    v not being true death metal has literally nothing to do with the quality of the songwriting. Foolish.

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CupOfHeresy

    Fuck this band this is not true death metal

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • BigAxe49 Beyond Bludgeoned played by Dylan Ruskin

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DxWxTx

    @MrSweeetness I bet your name is the definition of garbage too. Brain Drill is awesome.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • plahha

    внешний вид у них не соответствие с выбраной музыкой

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • waarsnico

    Good band, excellent live band..fuck all the haters

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • crazytribe

    Yeah, it's wank, but wank is FUN.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • luciferlovesme

    Check our single! listen very carefully!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply

    Brain Drill is insanity and well done. Dylan is nuts on guitar. He is writing the ideas he wants to play. For those dissing this band on wankery, and song structure; I did have the pleasure in playing in Burn At The Stake with Dylan prior to Brain Drill, and he definitely can write catchy songs with hooks and organized structure as well.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply

    LOL, necrophagist stays under this name, fo sure?

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • thompsonjohn

    Such a shame these guys called it quits seemingly for real this time. Although I will say the first time they broke up the story was fantastic, just search "Brain Drill" on lambgoat for the break up story. If I could name their autobiography it would be called.. "Brain Drill - Beyond the pot, knives, fireworks, ball-sacks, and butt-holes, the story of a technical death metal band."

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    frettbroad gymnastics.

    9 May 2013 Reply
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