“Formed 20 years ago, BRAINOIL exemplifies what sludge and doom meant during its original creation —misanthropic, hateful, unrelenting and, without fail, totally and completely brutal.” — Revolver
Singularity To Extinction, the impending new full-length from Oakland sludge bringers BRAINOIL — featuring within its ranks current and past members of Deathgrave, Laudanum, Graves At Sea, Stormcrow, Grimple, and Watch Them Die, among others — will see release next month via Tankcrimes.
Their first output since 2011’s punishing Death Of This Dry Season full-length, the long-anticipated Singularity To Extinction was captured at Earhammer Studios by bassist/vocalist Greg Wilkinson (Deathgrave, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea), mastered at Audisiege by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Necrot), and offers up seven ravenous hymns of gnarly audio antagonism all swathed in the apocalyptic cover art of John Santos (Torche, Neurosis, Irata, Noisear). Infusing their signature sludge with unorthodox time signatures, Singularity To Extinction stands as BRAINOIL’s fastest, crustiest, and most monolithic offering to date.
In advance of its release, Revolver Magazine is offering an exclusive premiere of “The Spectre’s Vile Hand,” noting, “Formed 20 years ago, BRAINOIL exemplifies what sludge and doom meant during its original creation —misanthropic, hateful, unrelenting and, without fail, totally and completely brutal.”
Adds Greg Wilkinson, “This track not only showcases our quickest and slowest tempos on this album, but to date. We worked really hard to add more diversity on Singularity To Extinction while never abandoning our sound. ‘The Spectre’s Vile Hand’ showcases a very different style than the previously released track ‘Blank Static Void.'”
Bruise your ears with “The Spectre’s Vile Hand,” exclusively at Revolver Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
BRAINOIL’s Singularity To Extinction, will be available on CD, limited LP (150 – splatter; 350 – smoke housed in metallic foil case wrapped jacket – it shines!), and digital formats October 19th via Tankcrimes.
BRAINOIL will play a special record release show October 6th at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland before taking on their first-ever tour of Japan alongside with Nagoya grind faction Black Ganion. See all confirmed dates below.
10/06/2018 Eli’s Mile High Club – Oakland, CA * Record Release Show w/ Ails, Vale, Swamp Witch
w/ Black Ganion:
10/20/2018 El Puente – Yokohama, JP
10/21/2018 Earthdom – Tokyo, JP
10/22/2018 B-One – Gifu, JP
10/23/2017 Club Chaos – Mie, JP
10/24/2018 Socrates – Kyoto, JP
10/25/2018 Pepperland – Okayama, JP
10/26/2018 Conquest – Hiroshima, JP
10/27/2018 Hokage – Osaka, JP
10/28/2018 Club Quattro – Nagoya, JP
In 1998, Greg Wilkinson (Deathgrave, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea) began playing shows with a drum machine, bass, and circuit-bent noise generators while singing under the moniker MrBrainoil. The vision was to have a noisy sludge rock band fused with crust and hardcore music. By early 2000, Nathan Smith (ex-Destroy!, ex- Nigel Peppercock, ex-Stormcrow) joined on guitar followed by Ira Harris (ex-Grimple, ex-Watch Them Die) who was recruited to the drum position later that year. The band changed its name to BRAINOIL.
BRAINOIL would go on to twist its music into a more straight forward sludge/crust sound, usually dabbling in odd time signatures, while ditching the noise aspects. The band released one demo cassette before going on to rampage their way through West Coast venues. Splits with Cruevo and Iron Lung soon followed. In 2003, BRAINOIL unleashed their now-iconic self-titled debut full-length, released via Life Is Abuse in the US and Throne Records in Spain. More shows would ensue.
By 2005 however, BRAINOIL coiled up to work on other projects, performing locally on occasion, until 2009 when schedules shifted and shows became more frequent. BRAINOIL suddenly reared its maniacal head again, sharing stages with the likes of Ghoul, Eyehategod, Cannabis Corpse, Municipal Waste, Deviated Instinct, Buzzo*ven, Doom, Dropdead, Rorschach and many more.
The band’s second full-length, Death Of This Dry Season, was released in 2011 on 20 Buck Spin (LP, digital) and Tankcrimes (tape, CD) effectively making the statement: “We are back!” The music was equally heavy while bringing a notably faster, crustier flavor to the proceedings. The seven years to follow were dedicated to shows, tours, and composing the sonic savagery that comprises this year’s Singularity To Extinction.