Nails
You Will Never Be One of Us


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (178 Reviews)
July 30th, 2016 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As hard as...

This Californian trio formed in 2007 and since conception have released 3 albums that you could listen to back to back in under an hour. Their debut album, the aptly titled “Unsilent Death” announced their arrival with brutal intentions. Clocking in at a meagre 14 minutes, Nails displayed some of the most hectic powerviolence that the underground metal scene could get their blooded hands on at the time. In 2013 “Abandon All Life” rapidly grew like a cancerous cyst from the success of its predecessor and delivered a devastating strike, dropping all mannerisms of cheer and accessibility. Their third and new album, “You Will Never Be One Of Us”, now sees the band in their most controlled state of mind.

The title track delivers the first blow of the album. It’s lyrically aimed at the people who contribute nothing to society, rising high in the world only by standing on the work of others and musically directed at destroying your eardrums with primal screams and brutalising chugs. The title track is not just a vicious 89 second song as hard hitting as a mallet to the face, but also a perfect synopsis of Nails’ sound and style.

Powerviolence and grind metal are understandably known for their aggressive nature with an uncompromising attitude and during “You Will Never Be One Of Us”, Nails show us that they are the masters in the art of violence. The breathless ‘Parasite’ and the excruciating ‘In Pain both sonically live up to their names whereby each track is so wildly feral that each song practically knocks your consciousness out flat.

That being said, this isn’t an album that sounds like the recording of a load of instruments being thrown down a few flights of stairs. You can clearly hear that amongst all this commotion, Nails are totally in control of their actions. Rather than all the music being total unabashed chaos, the sudden pauses and brief riffs in between rhythms are designed precisely for maximum effect; such as ‘Friend To All’ and “Savage Intolerance”. Because of these short fills, the breakdowns in these songs are even more pulverising. The issue here is that because Nails’ music is so insanely avid, there leaves little room for each build up.

Slayer are one of the biggest influences of Nails and thanks to Kurt Ballou’s raw production, the nails-scratching-on-chalkboard guitars from Todd Jones and John Gianelli in ‘Violence is Forever’ have a darkened trash edge and feature a very fitting solo that sounds exactly like something Jeff Hanneman would conjure. At just over 8 minutes, album closer, ‘They Come Back Crawling’ is the longest track Nails have recorded. At that length, it’s pulverising enough for Nails to strip flesh from bone yet it may have been more apt to perhaps shorten this track then add extra elements to some of the other songs to properly dramatise the breakdowns while sacrificing none of the album’s duration.

“You Will Never be One Of Us”: Barbarous riffs and blastbeats that charge forward with all the finesse of an adrenalized rhino, savage vocals that crack stone with each sonic assault, a duo of blazing speed and beefy might: this is the sound of hostility. This is NAILS.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


"primal screams and brutalising chugs."
lol
love these stupid metal reviews that hit the thesaurus in order to see how many ways they can say an album is ~brutal~, ~heavy~, and ~punishing~

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


13702 Comments


Now need to go check my metal review and see how badly i do that

Digging: David Bowie - Scary Monsters

tempest--
July 30th 2016


20626 Comments


yeah FUCK variety in writing i want to see the same word 15 times in a review

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


13702 Comments


You know what he means man dont be a melon

tempest--
July 30th 2016


20626 Comments


sure but when the whole point of the band is to be heavy or whatever word you want to use it's obviously going to be a big part of the review

iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


sweet, more proof that the australian education system fails a lot of people

iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


also, fun fact: there are textual devices that aren't synonyms and adjectives

tempest--
July 30th 2016


20626 Comments


youre assuming i was part of the education system, jokes on you i was homeschooled by my conservative foster mother

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


13702 Comments


Sach you are smarter than me what textual devices are you referring to?

iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


that just proves my point further.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


13702 Comments


Like metaphors and similes and shit?

Relinquished
July 30th 2016


37395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what are you guys even arguing about...

doomjitsu
July 30th 2016


1240 Comments


i don't get it whatever happened to the other like 50 hostages in argo? i mean did they just leave them there or what

DoctorDoom
July 30th 2016


2987 Comments


This band just makes people want to argue about literally everything. Bad juju.

iloveyouall
July 30th 2016


6319 Comments


"Sach you are smarter than me what textual devices are you referring to?"
no, but there's endless.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 30th 2016


13702 Comments


Nails are a band that pisses people off just by existing and getting called pv

Mystletainn
August 5th 2016


4050 Comments


check dropdead

iloveyouall
August 5th 2016


6319 Comments


check godstomper, crossed out, lack of interest, the endless blockade, hellnation, drug problem, sea of shit, yacopsae, infest, and yeah dropdead too.

Relinquished
August 5th 2016


37395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes to all of those



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