Nails/Skin Like Iron
Split


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
January 13th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Skin Like Iron/Nails - Split

Fellow hardcore acts Skin Like Iron and hardcore/grind act Nails have come together to release a one-time pressing of a split 7” that the two are self-releasing. Starting things off with the two tracks provided by Skin Like Iron, we are treated to a bruteshot offering of “Disappear”, utilizing a very raw production technique to emphasize extremely melodic guitar tones yet coupled with a near black metal inspired vocalist. His voice is so far buried in the mix that all the instruments of Skin Like Iron get a chance to shine throughout the split, with little singular emphasis on any individual member. While for most bands like might work to their disadvantage, it only increases the intensity that Skin Like Iron possess, as most melodically driven hardcore acts would have a tough time making this sound work. But Skin Like Iron make it seem almost too easy. The b-side of the Split are two brand new tracks from Californian hardcore/grind act Nails. Where their debut Unsilent Death was a pedal-to-the-medal swan dive to the pits of hell and back, their opening track “Annihilation” is a much more methodical affair. Still retaining that same buzzsaw guitar tone, their Entombed influences are much more apparent on this track, with a slowed down tempo and a vocalist trying to harness a 90s death metal yell. But this “experimentation” of sorts is only on this track, as the near thirty second finisher “Cry Wolf” sends the sound back to the Nails that most have come to love; a raging sandstorm of destruction and wanton chaos for the entire listen.

Ultimately this split will be well worth your time for the amount invested into it. While not entirely groundbreaking or original in its approach, it does its job of providing the listener with a couple massively aggressive tracks from two well-known hardcore acts, one with a well carved out career (Skin Like Iron) and another who is only just starting to come to their own (Nails). A healthy dose of all things from the hardcore spectrum, find this split on either of their recent tours this year, or on their webstores quickly as a physical copy of this split will become hard to find in within the next couple months for sure.



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cvlts
January 12th 2012


8977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

of course Hep would be the first to rate this

pick this up here:
http://www.allinmerch.com/product/NLSALBUM.html

listen to the whole thing for free here:
http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/exclusive-nailsskin-like-iron-split-7/

Relinquished
January 12th 2012


25581 Comments


sweet. on this.

Rev
January 12th 2012


9439 Comments


this is great

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

NAILS? Fuck yes.

accompliceofmydeath
January 12th 2012


4297 Comments


Gonna listen and probably buy tomorrow. Stoked on new Nails.

Digging: Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable

jayfatha
January 12th 2012


2882 Comments


Aw this'll be great I can feel it

fulgrim
January 13th 2012


1542 Comments


this sounds pretty nice.

Adabelle
January 13th 2012


4258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This has like the sickest artwork I've seen in a long time.

Hep Kat
January 13th 2012


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

like the sli side better, but damn nails is mad br00tz still

cvlts
January 13th 2012


8977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I'm not really sure about the direction Nails is going but whatevs

rasputin
January 20th 2012


14555 Comments


disliked nails album quite a bit

good review though, except:

Following the ethos of the DIY mentality,


this irks me. you can just say the two bands are releasing a 7" together. i dunno, maybe it's just me.

cvlts
January 20th 2012


8977 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shitty usage of the english language right there ha

i didnt think youd like this anyways rasp, but thanks



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