Released: 2009, Grindethic
Reviewer: Stu Occupier
Brainchoke were formed in January 2000 by former members of Suffering and Inimenter to be "England's new force in cool grind/death metal". The line up of Simon (drums), Mark (vocals), Kieran, Paul (guitars), and Dave (bass) spent the first eight months of the band's existence writing material which evolved into the debut album, MIGRAINE MUSIC.
Positive feedback from gigs prompted the release of MENTAL CLARITY, a six track EP used by the band to show off the progressive writing style with increased depth and song structure. Brainchoke were voted number ten in the "Best unsigned band" category of Terrorizer magazine's 2001 readers' poll. To capitalise on this success, they appeared on the cover-mount CD of the March 2001 issue. In the autumn of 2003, MICROCHIPPED AND MINDCONTROLLED was released as a split CD with U.S. band Fetus Eaters which promptly sold out within a few weeks.
Aside from one further demo there was little activity from the band and in 2005 both Simon and Kieran left the band to concentrate their efforts on other things. Within a week, the band recruited Mike on drums. That pretty much brings us to the latest release INTROSPECTIVE and the news that the band are already back in the studio recording a new EP.
So upon first listen I am asking the question “Why are these guys not a household name?”
Sure we could namecheck everyone from Napalm Death to Nasum as obvious reference points but there is much more here than “Grind-By-Numbers”. There are Black Metal moments here harking back to the old Mayhem days with “2012” and “Square One” and there is humour here too with that most metal of all guitars the Ukulele making an appearence on “Delusional Patriotism”.
This is a relentless onslaught of metal regardless of genre with every track blasting its everything in its path in 2 minutes or less with the exception of the epic “Past Six Years” which lies somewhere between Death and Progressive metal and is quite stunning!