Brain Drill

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Brain Drill
Origin Santa Cruz, California
Genres Technical death metal [1]
Years active 2005–present
Labels Metal Blade
Associated acts The Faceless, Vile, Vital Remains, Rings of Saturn
Members Dylan Ruskin
Steve Rathjen
Ron Casey
Ivan Munguia
Past members Marco Pitruzzella
Andre Cornejo
Jeff Hughell
Joe Bondra

Brain Drill is an American death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full length debut album entitled Apocalyptic Feasting on February 5, 2008. In support of their debut, disagreements were engaged and members began to leave, which led to rumors that Brain Drill was disbanding on March 19, 2008.

Founding member Dylan Ruskin originally stated Brain Drill was finished when the other three band members left, but the group recovered with a full line-up once more. Steve Rathjen rejoined less than two weeks after leaving. Also, a new drummer named Joe Bondra (who was subsequently replaced by Ron Casey), and a new bassist named Ivan Munguia joined the band. Brain Drill released their follow-up full-length titled Quantum Catastrophe in 2010 with this line up.


Formation and The Parasites (2005–2006)[edit]

Brain Drill was founded in 2005; originally meant to be a side project[2] by guitarist Dylan Ruskin after parting from his main band Burn at the Stake.[3] Ruskin began searching for a drummer, eventually finding Marco Pitruzella (former drummer of death metal groups, Vile, Vital Remains, The Faceless, and other extreme metal bands).[3] After a few months of jam sessions, vocalist Steve Rathjen joined the band.[2] The trio entered Castle Ultimate Studios with producer Zack Ohren and recorded their six-track EP, dubbed The Parasites, during March and May 2006.[2] Soon after the recording, Rathjen left the band and was replaced by former Dead Syndicate singer, Andre Cornejo.[3] Former Vile bassist Jeff Hughell was added to the band as the new and permanent member. Rathjen then returned to Brain Drill as vocalist again.[3]

Apocalyptic Feasting (2007–2009)[edit]

In a 2007 interview, Cannibal Corpse's bassist, Alex Webster recommended Brain Drill to Metal Blade Records, who signed the band later that year.[4] The group again entered at Castle Ultimate Studios with producer Zack Ohren; this time to work on their debut full-length, recorded during August 2007. Brain Drill's follow-up to their 2006 EP, Apocalyptic Feasting, was released on February 5, 2008 by Metal Blade.[5]

Shortly after the release of Apocalyptic Feasting, both members Marco Pitruzzella and Jeff Hughell left the band due to touring complications. Based on a statement from Dylan Ruskin that was posted on the group's Myspace profile, it appeared that Brain Drill had split up.[6] Soon after, the rumors were denied,[7] and the band started looking for a new drummer and bassist.[8]

Quantum Catastrophe (2009–present)[edit]

Brain Drill entered Castle Ultimate studios with Zack Ohren in December 2009 to record their second album through Metal Blade Records. It was titled Quantum Catastrophe and was released on May 11, 2010. "Monumental Failure" premiered as streaming media prior to the album's release.[9] A new song, "Beyond Bludgeoned", was released from the new record as the date grew nearer. A music video was later created for the song and is featured on Comcast on-demand.


Current members
  • Dylan Ruskin – guitar (2005–present)
  • Steve Rathjen – vocals (2005–2006, 2006–present)
  • Ivan Munguia – bass guitar (2008–present)
  • Ron Casey – drums (2009–present)
Former members
  • Marco Pitruzzella – drums (2005–2008)
  • Andre Cornejo – vocals (2006)
  • Jeff Hughell – bass guitar (2006–2008)
  • Joe Bondra – drums (2009)



Studio albums
  • The Parasites (2006)


  1. ^ "Brain Drill – Apocalyptic Feasting". Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brain Drill – Biography". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d Jeffries, David. "Brain Drill > Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Brain Drill signs with Metal Blade Records". 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Brain Drill: Apocalyptic Feasting European release date announced". 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Brain Drill Calls It Quits". 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ "Brain Drill to Carry on Despite Breakup Rumors". 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  8. ^ "Brain Drill Still Looking for New Drummer". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  9. ^ "BRAIN DRILL: New Song Posted Online". 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 

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