Nails
Abandon All Life


4.0
excellent

Review

by kvltwalter USER (31 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2013 | 32 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What Morbid Angel means when they say "Extreme Music for Extreme People"

Napalm Death arguably brought about the end of the race for “harder and faster” with their grindcore-establishing debut album Scum in 1987, and since then metal has expanded into more abstract, experimental territories and dabbled in much slower tempos with the rise of stoner and doom metal. But metalheads weren’t about to move past something as revolutionary as Scum so passively. Even in a world where metal was no longer about who could be the hardest and the fastest, countless grindcore bands sprung up all over the globe emulating the sound of Napalm Death, Terrorizer and others who pushed speed and intensity to their respective limits. Even now in an era of “post-this” and “atmospheric-that”, grind bands thrive in the modern metal and hardcore scene, and many have given in to experimentation to keep the genre fresh (see Genghis Tron.) while others ignore progressive tendencies and make attempts to trump Napalm as, once again, the hardest and the fastest. One band that seems to be doing this unapologetically is Nails, and with Abandon All Life they have proven to be well on their way to achieving that level of visceral extremity.

Experimentation and cross-pollinating with other genres (minus a little sludge metal influence) is not on Nails’ list of priorities when it comes to crafting an album. If this album is any indication, Nails seems to be exclusively concerned with viciously tearing away the faces and crushing the gonads of any poor sap who dares listens to their music. Abandon All life is a borderline absurd exaggeration of the most extreme elements of metal and hardcore, and the results can be a tad overwhelming, but rewarding after a few listens (Go ahead, listen to it twice in a row. The album isn’t even 20 minutes long.) The level of distortion on the guitars is one of many over-exaggerations apparent on this record. This buzzsaw tone must have been conjured up by taking an extremely overdriven amp and then stomping on a distortion pedal for maximum gain saturation, resulting in a tone worthy of the Horned One Himself. The band’s drummer will erupt into double-kicks and blast beats even at the slightest provocation, and the off-kilter maniac screaming is one of the angriest vocal deliveries you’ll hear in hardcore and grind today. Amidst all the smashing and bashing, the band employs a few little details to keep listener’s heads banging. The drumming, whether it be pounding double bass or frantic blast beasts, always perfectly underlies the riffs being churned out on top of it, and when the vocalist’s low growls are layered over high pitched screams, the results are as tasty as a king-sized cinnamon roll slathered in cream cheese icing. The band even goes half-time into some tastefully done (and totally crushing) breakdowns to break up the speed. With the songs being so short (most are under two minutes long) it is assured that all the fat is trimmed away, and we’re left with nothing but extreme metal boiled down to its bones and sinew bathing in a broth so hot it could melt metal itself.

Nails is a band that sounds determined to refrain from any silly gimmicks, and Abandon All Life should be a prescription for any extreme music fan who’s bored with the scene today. It’s an adrenaline and testosterone fueled onslaught of metallic urgency that affirms life in the aging grindcore genre. While not forward-thinking by any means, this album thrives on its own reserve of intensity and sheer power, and it will be one hell of a long time before it ever runs out.



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other reviews of this album
Gabe Manuel (4)
Nails has avoided the "sophomore slump", and given us 10 solid and chaotic tracks....

fromtheinside (4)
Take off your Entombed jacket before someone laughs and jam nine inch nails inside your eyelids....

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Don your Entombed patch laden denim jacket and get pissed....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Relinquished
December 21st 2013


25097 Comments


the pv in here is similar to some other pv so it's not completely new

tempest--
December 21st 2013


13601 Comments


m/


sixdegrees
December 21st 2013


17149 Comments


command-f 'extreme'

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zaruyache
December 21st 2013


6585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

the pv in here is similar to some other pv so it's not completely new

What's a pv?


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demigod!
December 21st 2013


44530 Comments


good review, album kills

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Pestiferouss
December 21st 2013


269 Comments


zzz

fromtheinside
December 21st 2013


18363 Comments


lol, not even

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Relinquished
December 21st 2013


25097 Comments


"What's a pv?"

a type of amp

also it's what infest plays

pmmets07
December 21st 2013


5880 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album needs more 4 reviews

bigguytoo9
December 22nd 2013


249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It might not be as catchy as Unsilent Death, this album is still a 4 and does a damn fine job hauling ass all the same.

fromtheinside
December 22nd 2013


18363 Comments


US was catchy?

Relinquished
December 22nd 2013


25097 Comments


they both have their catchy tunes

Pestiferouss
December 22nd 2013


269 Comments


Unsilent Death was just relentlessly noisy and for that I appreciate it

This album was a drag and a half

fromtheinside
December 22nd 2013


18363 Comments


what are you talking about? how can a 45 second song drag?

DrHouseSchuldiner
December 22nd 2013


5643 Comments


Kinda boring album,2.5/5 prob

ShitsofRain
December 22nd 2013


5899 Comments


boring album

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adr
December 22nd 2013


2597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"borring"


fuck off.



ShitsofRain
December 22nd 2013


5899 Comments


wow so extreme

adr
December 22nd 2013


2597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

extreme album, agreed.

how can be that borring


Wizard
December 22nd 2013


19437 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Some of the comments in this thread make me realize how fucking stupid this world has become.

Excellent review, I like your historical lead-up to this.

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