Nails
Unsilent Death


4.5
superb

Review

by eternium USER (16 Reviews)
September 14th, 2010 | 228 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fourteen minutes of pure relentless brutality from a rising three-piece.

Nails is a three-piece band that is slowly rising within the metal/hardcore community. The band has played at Vacation Vinyl, a store very closely linked to Hydra Head Records. Jacob Bannon has recently been wearing one of the band's shirts and his label, Deathwish Inc., strongly supports the band. The band has recently been signed to Southern Lord Records, who have since been whoring them out like crazy. Such endorsements puts a lot of weight on the band and the expectations of new listeners. So, does the band provide?

Yes. Hell yes. In fact, this is easily one of the best releases of 2010 thus far. The album is a mere fourteen minutes long, even further testament that the music held within must be something brilliant in order to gain this kind of popularity. The band mixes many different aspects of grindcore, hardcore, and metal and molds them into sheer brutality. The threesome would sit very comfortable with the likes of Converge, Trap Them, and Tragedy and never disappoint fans of those bands if they were to tour together.

The drums pound their way throughout the album, usually at very high speeds. The bass is distorted, deep, and mean. The very low-tuned guitar thrashes power chords except for a few discordant reaches into the higher strings. The only breaks given are mid-paced breakdowns that still manage to crush every single thing around you. The production is raw and simply perfect for the sound. Thank you Kurt Ballou. It definitely has the feel of a live show, particularly in that the band isn't afraid to let feedback finds its way into the speakers. One cannot help but imagine the circle pits and headbanging craniums that occur nonstop while the music roars and be surprised when remembering that the band only contains three members.

One also cannot help but have the words harsh, heavy, brutal, and relentless run constantly through the mind while listening to this. The hoarse shouting perfectly fits both the music and the lyrics. And the shouting can easily be understood. About as pissed off as humanly possible, the goal is to assault conformity, religion, authority, and just about anyone who is deemed pathetic while also touching on the personal journey through life with the title-track and the final track.

Truly, the album's only fault is its short length. However, it is incredibly replayable and still enjoyable when on a loop. The only thing smooth about this is how great the songs move through each other. It just refuses to stop until the last seconds are up and the replay button is begging to be pushed. Expect this band to go somewhere in the future. Unsilent Death could very well be the birth of something great.

Bow to no man, no pig, no book of myths. Tolerate no deception, no ignorance. I'm not your ***ing servant.



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Gyromania
September 14th 2010


16089 Comments


This definitely looks like something I would enjoy. There's a typo in your first sentence that you'll pick up on when doing a quick scan, otherwise the review reads well. pos'd.

Emim
September 14th 2010


26675 Comments


I've had this on lists since it came out. Awesome.

eternium
September 14th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

First review in three months. I've listened to this about five times since I started writing.

Emim
September 14th 2010


26675 Comments


With its length, that's not hard to understand.

Gyromania
September 14th 2010


16089 Comments


Not bad at all for a three month hiatus

Mordecai.
September 14th 2010


8282 Comments


this is good, but your review is pretty fucking lame

eternium
September 14th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If Unbroken doesn't get reviewed soon, I'm going to attempt to tackle it. It'll be a lot more
difficult than this.

Thanks Mordecai.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2010


31628 Comments


Nice tracklist

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2010


17231 Comments


my friend is addicted to these guys. i went to see them with trash talk and magrudergrind over the weekend but they played while i was still stuck in line.

eternium
September 14th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I put in the tracklist, but it has to be approved and all that shit before it appears.

Mordecai.
September 14th 2010


8282 Comments


lol. but seriously dude, this is not one of your better reviews. it's way too pedestrian, and the first two paragraphs are unnecessary bullshit.

eternium
September 14th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's just now gaining traction. I likely would not have listened to this if it wasn't for seeing Jacob Bannon wearing his Nails shirt in pictures that I saw and seeing the band being promoted by Hydra Head. Most people will be the same way, so I'm telling about these endorsements from these highly respected people in order to spark more interest. The second simply gives comparisons to known bands and genres.

Other than that, I know this isn't that great of a review. Then again, I'm not one to compliment myself on anything I do.

ConsiderPhlebas
September 14th 2010


6157 Comments


The review is fine - not your best, but with such a long break that's no surprise. Personally I lean away from detailed descriptions of the music, preferring an overall critique, but I know I'm in the minority there.


The music sounds badass.

Mordecai.
September 14th 2010


8282 Comments


it does rule, check it out

eternium
September 14th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Something fairly new that I feel needs more publicity, such as this, should have detailed descriptions in a review.

But something older that is more widely known, such as Unbroken, should have more of an overall critique, like you said, though all reviews should have a degree of a description.

That's my opinion at least.

FreePizzaDay
September 15th 2010


1526 Comments


Fuck the sheep who tell me how to live.

Album rules so hard. SO HARD that's what she said. Thank you for giving this album some much needed
publicity on Sputnik. The hardcore world's been raving about it all year.

I'm seeing this band in Cincinnati this weekend and couldn't be more excited. Should be awesome

ConsiderPhlebas
September 15th 2010


6157 Comments


Some degree of description, yeah, because you can't comment at all without saying something about what people are gonna hear. I just don't see the use in the exhaustive detail some people go into, which you'll never get in professional work.

Asiatic667
September 15th 2010


4648 Comments


There must be balance

Mordecai.
September 15th 2010


8282 Comments


^^^

yeh

alachlahol
September 15th 2010


7515 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

a lot of noise for only three band members



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