Nails
Abandon All Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
March 1st, 2013 | 598 replies | 47,520 views


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don your Entombed patch laden denim jacket and get pissed.

Abandon All Life is an exercise in immediacy. Nothing is veiled during the album’s 17 minute runtime as the band begins with a beguiling and thunderous wall of oppressive heaviness that does not relent until the final moments. Each track is gravid with a sense of dread and repulsive anger, spread over 10 cathartic bouts of intensity. Much like 2010’s Unsilent Death it works perfectly as Nails hold no punches with their excessive delivery.

Often likened to a strange amalgam of Entombed and Drop Dead, Nails provide everything there is to love about “heavy” music, all while retaining a tight musical core. At a cursory glance, it’s pure unbridled chaos. Well, sure it is, but Abandon All Life brings together a bevy of great ideas whilst still providing an unmatched energy. Produced by Kurt Ballou, the album features a vicious and filthy sound that works well with the overall tone. The riffs kill and Todd Jones is a behemoth of a vocalist. With the added brilliance of Taylor Young on the set, the album acts as a force to be reckoned with. Combined, Abandon All Life is a beast of an album that is both engaging and dismaying.

“In Exodus” opens things up with absolute precision. With an infectious pace it feels like all hell breaking loose. But it’s the rapid fire changes in tempo and mood that truly show that Nails know exactly what they are doing. Whereas many bands may fall into a trap of each short burst of a song feeling the same, the 10 tracks found here are perfectly distinct from one another. With varying lengths, the songs may see condensed peaks and valleys or merely erupt over the course of 24 seconds. It’s impressive, to say the least. All of this culminates into the album’s final act “Suum Cuique.” The song moves full of purpose, deliberately and succinctly. At times it lumbers while at others movingly briskly. With a frenetic guitar solo to bisect it, the song stands as the perfect closer and an immense song in its own right.

With their sophomore record Nails stand proudly as one of the most interesting and concise hardcore bands around. Full of thoughtful songwriting and brilliant instrumentation, Abandon All Life is a hellish and exigent work that grabs hold and refuses to let go.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2013


15035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

ROME PLOWS

foxblood
February 28th 2013


6797 Comments


gonna listen soon can't wait

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 28th 2013


10593 Comments


It's good ya.

Ignimbrite
February 28th 2013


5331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

rules

TheNexus100
February 28th 2013


2522 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice review

album is really nice

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FearThyEvil
February 28th 2013


12545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm liking this more than Unsilent Death.

Kris.
February 28th 2013


12345 Comments


this is about on par with unsilent death for me. it's all about that HATE

Kris.
February 28th 2013


12345 Comments


great review by the way

eternium
February 28th 2013


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nails are proving to be a rather consistent band so far. Unsilent Death is better but this is still awesome.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shit it's march already

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klap
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2013


10408 Comments


indie pop?

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WeepingBanana
February 28th 2013


10137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hadn't actually listened to unsilent death but this is pree sweet

zaruyache
February 28th 2013


6428 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album killed my whole family.

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Kman418
February 28th 2013


10452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It took my dog's virginity

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
February 28th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this definitely beyond unsilent death

alachlahol
February 28th 2013


7489 Comments


scene hate

kingsoby1
Emeritus
February 28th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

aoty for me so far

alachlahol
February 28th 2013


7489 Comments


only wanted to listen to entombed and drop dead after reading this

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 28th 2013


10593 Comments


Don't be a bitch alac : P

alachlahol
February 28th 2013


7489 Comments


minor errors here n there

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the album features and vicious and filthy sound


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With he added brilliance of Taylor Young on the set


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the album acts as force to be reckoned with.




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