Combining the likes of death metal, grind and thrash creates a wonderfully accosting assault, and since Brain Famine combines all of those elements they themselves have created something that is entirely butchering. Even though Exploding Paranoid Universe is their very first full length, Brain Famine sound like they have been sitting on it for a while, fine tuning it until it was just the right amount of destruction and chaos. Through the ten tracks that are on this debut you end up violently banging your head to the point where your brain explodes. And at the very end of Exploding Paranoid Universe it would be shocking to find out that you have not destroyed your house in violent spastic outbursts.
The particular style of metal that Brain Famine plays is intense, and they may even be disappointed in themselves if at the end of the record your organs haven’t burst and your brain hasn’t boiled. And if those two things have not happened by the ending of Implement Systematic Dogmacide then you are warranted more listens until organs burst and your brain catches fire.
Combining thrash, death metal, and grind sounds like something that could go completely wrong in a heart beat. And by that I mean that it could have sounded something like two trains colliding head on with each other. However, Brain Famine doesn’t sound like a train wreck. In fact, Exploding Paranoid Universe is a wonderful mix of all three genres. The music is executed very well, the musicianship is tight and the song writing ability is great.
As chaotic as Brain Famine sounds, they are a controlled blast of C4. Throughout the entire album they straddle the line between blistering chaos and controlled chaos, and for the most part they do a great job of mixing both control with the insane.
Exploding Paranoid Universe is a dark album filled with visceral hatred and pure energy. Once this debut gets rolling there is nothing you can do to stop it from crushing you, squeezing the life out of you as you gasp for air. Brain Famine is a powerful grinding assault to say the least. The terrifying assault begins with the ever shredding riffs which are backed up by the pounding and bone cracking drums as well as the thick spine snapping bass. On top of the expert musicianship, the vocals are menacing as they are barked and screamed at you from the get go.
Every element that went into the making of this debut is put to good use here. And with each element being just as fiery and combustive as the last, Exploding Paranoid Universe is a terrifying nerve shredding experience. The very ethos of Brain Famine is grinding madness, and that is exactly what they bring to the table with their debut. Every song hits hard, shreds, and decimates lives in the process. Exploding Paranoid Universe is sure to make the crazy in you come out, and every once in a while it’s good to have that psycho side come out.