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Nails – Abandon All Life

Southern Lord 2013
Nails - Abandon All Life

The fearsome blast of sonic bile that is Nails‘ “Abandon All Life” is certainly best taken in controlled doses. Often so virulent is the intent of the songs that it’s almost a blessing that they average only a minute in length. For you see, with the amount of wretchedness this group inject into each track; it’d be hard imagining them being able to prolong the aural punishment all the much longer and still have the same effect.

Brevity is not often a strength, but it certainly doesn’t undermine this outfits attempts at caving in the listeners skull. The acidic feedback, wrenched vocals and abrasive riff-driven excursions that encase the bands reckless flailing are well suited towards lacerating skin. But where Nails truly excel is in their surprising amount of control.

No more evident is this than in the pulverizing drumming laid down on tracks like “God’s Cold Hands” and “Suum Cuique“. Any outfit worth their weight in shred can shit out an assortment of screeching vocals and flash fire riffs. Nails however ensure there is a crushing follow-through by stacking a hefty amount of weight behind them.

As a whole, “Abandon All Life” may be a catastrophic blend of grind, metal and noise laden hardcore. The kind that recalls groups like Converge (whose guitarist Kurt Ballou produced this outing,) Cursed and Black Breath. But whereas those outfits have adapted to more traditional elements of songwriting and artistic expression over the years; Nails have only picked up speed and mass—making this album all the more powerful.

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    • CanYouTransfuse     April 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

      God damn spot on. This band is one of the best three pieces to ever exist in the hardcore scene. Glad this got reviewed. Check out “Unsilent Death” as well if you like this.

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        • MyDarkPassenger     April 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

          From what I’ve heard from XM Liquid Metal, this is far more digestible than a band like Between the Buried and Me. Weird how that works.

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    • Fuck yeah!

      This is just like my last experience with CANYOUTRANSLATES mom… she almost bit my dick off; so I put on this album and beat the shit out of her – my dick guys!

      —– Good find Wook —– Metal nowadays pretty much sucks, this is great.

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    • This album wins. If it make me want to kick the shit out of people, I know it’s a raging metal album. Sorry Slayer. Your halfway there. Your new stuff makes me want to beat people up, Kerry King.

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    • BecomesMyVeryShackles     April 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm


      Device – 58 Comments
      Nails – 14 Comments

      Until this gets turned around, no one can say shit as to why Wook reviews shit like Device.

      By the way, Nails and the latest Enabler are just dirty awesome hardcore/metal.

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    • DRobishow     April 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      This is the best metal album I’ve heard all year. Devastating. I recommended it to a friend and his fuckin’ head exploded. Now I’m goin’ to jail. Worth it.

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