The trio known as Braineater formed in 2012 to unleash their brand of deathgrind - complete with a hint of punk and thrash influence - back in 2012. Since forming, the line-up of vocalist/guitarist Bret Finkelstein, vocalist/bassist Jon Taylor, and drummer/backing vocals Jacob Reynolds, issued their first demo back in December of 2013, followed nearly a year later with their Generation Greed single, a "home recording" if you will. For 2015, the three-piece unleashes their debut five song EP titled Reclusive, which clocks in at just over nineteen minutes. But is it worth checking out, or is it nothing but another drop in the bucket for the death metal and grindcore genre?

For the most part, Reclusive stands as a traditional dose of deathgrind. "One Nation Under Gunpoint" is a prime example of this, hitting the listener with more of a punk influence to the grindcore foundation, but with your standard higher pitched screaming and death metal gutturals thrown in. The former of those, however, is where the eccentric element comes into play vocally. Consider a crazier representation of the harsher approach Chuck Schuldiner performed throughout Death's career, and you'll have an idea of what to expect. Both takes, however, are backed by a nice analog audio quality that makes it all sound far more dirty, helping the album in a way your standard crisp and digital offering.

"Generation Greed" if your standard example of the genre, but it's by two and a half minutes in things change up for the better as you are greeted with a hint of So-Cal thrash, largely established in the bass lines, that make you want to pull out a surf board and hit the waves whilest headbanging in a bizarre Mad Max: Road Warrior inspired oceanic mosh pit. The extensive performance eventually reverts back to the typical Deathrgind elements, but does shift to a slower, gloomy hint of melody. This can also be found during the closing track, "Sullen", though you wouldn't know it at first. The track starts with an Ambient rumble, as does the closing, but what follows is a mixture of groovy death metal and bouts of authority that lead into gloriously blackened leads accompanied with a harsher approach to the harsher screams that immediately are put into perspective.

While not as dismal, "Under the Shroud" hits the listener with a fair share of hooks as well, some on a fairly epic scale that shows a possible Amon Amarth or Tyr influence, only to come crashing back down to some Crossover thrash before heading into an extensive breakdown. However, it can't really hold much of a flame to "Drenched in Poison Oppulence". What starts as a typical mid-tempo grindcore-esque offering with steady, militaristic drums becomes more technical and off-the-rocker as the song progresses. By a minute in, you are met with a twisted emptiness, as if in a nightmare, complete with what sounds like an old alarm clock, the kind that needed to be wound and didn't run on electricity, shaking or falling, but not actually ringing. The pacing continues to slow to that of a Doom Metal touch, as if lurking in a cemetery late at night or in a descent straight to Hell (either works, really), building to one spirit crushing explosion of drumming hostility that sets a short-lived early Carcass or Impaled riff-fest into motion.

When you really break it down, Reclusive has a good deal of by-the-books deathgrind throughout the release. The rest actually shows a good deal of promise from Braineater. The material that breaks from the norm spirals it into a somewhat Avant-Garde or Progressive world that the band's hidden punk and Crossover thrash influences often compliment quite well. As a live act, it's obvious that the material on this EP will easily get the pit going, but as a studio effort, it's a bit rocky due to how random the impressive performances seem to be placed. It's not bad, in fact it's a good display of what unrecognised power Braineater has stirring deep down inside, and for that Reclusive is worth getting for the sake of becoming familiar with this trio. Hopefully the group continues to expand on tracks like "Drenched in Poison Opulence" and "Sullen" for future releases in order to keep their heads above the proverbial waters of the continually growing death metal and grindcore fields.

Review originally posted at Apoch's Metal Review.