Brainoil are a band from Oakland, California that has been featured before in this zine and plays sludge metal with elements of d beat and crustcore and this is a review of their self titled 2003 album which will be re-issued in September by Tankcrimes.
A very dark and heavy sounding bass starts off the album before adding in heavier guitars along with more of a doom metal sound and high pitched sludge screams and the music also contains a great amount of dark sounding melodies along with some of the tracks also having a stoner vibe to them at times.
Most of the music sticks to a slower direction while the mid paced and fast parts bring in elements of crust punk and d beat as well as the slower riffing having almost a blues rock feeling to them at times and there are also a few seconds of guitar leads in certain sections of the recording and on some of the alter tracks the vocals almost have a death metal feeling to them at times.
Brainoil create a very dark and heavy sound on this recording as well as having more of a raw approach than the alter bands of this musical genre, the production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and real life themes.
In my opinion this was a great sounding album from Brainoil and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Naive In NUmbers" and "Inquisition". 8 out of 10.