Interview with Ivan Munguia, Brain Drill (May 2010)


Hi, first off all I just want to congratulate you with your new album ‘Quantum Catastrophe’. Are you satisfied with it?


Thanks, and yeah we are all very satisfied with the outcome of the album. We set out to create something incredibly brutal and technical, and I feel we’ve accomplished that. The response from our fans has been good and that’s all that matters.


Who has produced and mixed the album?


Zack Ohren handled all of that and he helped produce it along with us. Zack has recorded everything we have done thus far and we keep coming back because he does such an outstanding job and really understands what we’re looking for. He is the master when it comes to recording our kind of music.


How would you describe your music to any of our readers who may not have heard of you before?


Extremely brutal and technical death metal that makes you lose control of your bowels upon first listen. We’re the exlax of death metal.


Do you feel that your sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or will you still follow the same path?


We went for the most extreme sound we could get on this album. Our evolution will probably focus on composition while still maintaining the Brain Drill sound. Maybe we’ll repeat riffs a bit more…….maybe.


Who has done the cover artwork to ‘Quantum Catastrophe’?


Par Oloffson, he also did our previous album Apocalyptic Feasting. He totally came through, maybe I’m biased because it’s the cover to my own shit but I think its one of the gnarliest covers I’ve seen in a long time.  We kept having him tweak it and I’m sure we annoyed the crap out of him after a while, but it was for the better.


What tasks presently lie ahead for you and the band?


We’re trying to land a few good tours to go out and support the album. We’d love to make it out to Europe this time around. We will see what happens. There are a ton of people who keep asking when we’re gonna make it to their town. I hope we can make it to every place.


Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?

Dismember headlining, Pestilence, Spawn of Possession, Obscura, damn what a pipe dream haha.


What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact on the history of metal?


Whoa what a loaded question. There sure are a lot. In no particular order Slayer - Haunting the Chapel/Reign in Blood, Carcass - Symphonies of Sickness, Black Sabbath’s first 4 albums, Possessed - 7 Churches, gah there’s too many.


Looking ahead, where do you want to be five years from now?


Hopefully touring and making enough money to not starve to death.


I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with - a tip, a recommendation or a thought for the future?


Buy our album! Don’t forget to wipe.


Interviewed by Peter Laursen

Brian Drill - Quantum Catastrophe

Album available on Metal Blade Records.