Nails/Full of Hell
Split


3.0
good

Review

by xLiamStrongx USER (6 Reviews)
January 11th, 2017 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An aggressive portrait of two band's respective capabilities.

I must admit, I might be rather new to the powerviolence scene, but I'm loving every minute of the cacophony that comprises the genre. In this case, the past four and a half minutes have been immersed in the new Nails/Full of Hell split EP that doesn't stop for anything. I discovered Full of Hell through their split with Code Orange a few years ago, which I absolutely loved at the time. Now, with this new split combining two of the best powerviolence groups currently out there, we find a strong and relentless collaboration that isn't altogether dissimilar from recent efforts, but isn't exactly the goal, either.

Nails begin the split with the only song on their half, “No Longer Under Your Control,” a bristling and fistful of fury opener that insists upon the extrinsic influence of others pushing you down, while the Full of Hell side of the split offers the polarity: the intrinsic battles of one's primordial violent behaviors. Perhaps the aspects this EP resounds so well with are harbored in the bands' dynamics between each other. Nails and Full of Hell might be very similar on the surface, but where Nails drives in their hard-hitting hardcore/powerviolence/D-beat influence, Full of Hell takes the wheel in their own brand of gnarly grindcore, death metal, and sludge. The lyrics ricochet off both band's contributions almost effortlessly and without the friction of two wholly different approaches to the songwriting. Both bands are totally themselves while matching each other's signature sound in their own way, developing a fast, yet cohesive little record.

That being said, I found myself enjoying Full of Hell's side of the split more so than Nails’, not just for the odd ratio of one Nails songs to Full of Hell's two, but for the technicality that the latter professed in. Full of Hell supported most of the variety in the short four minutes of the split, exerting raging riffs and a swirl of vocals (from death growls to sharpened shrieks), as compared to Nails, who, well, were basically just being Nails. Maybe this split captures what each band's core noise without suggesting any new directions.

For me, this split EP is fun while it lasts, which isn't very long. I wish I could have heard more comfortable Nails, because they seemed a bit lacking on this record. Albeit powerviolence garners the wont of incredibly short releases, I'd almost rather stick to the band's individual albums to fully recognize their potential and overall sound. These are two great bands I wouldn't hesitate to go see live, and hope to also listen to their various counterparts as well.



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AsleepInTheBack
January 11th 2017


5200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Arguably the tone of this review is a little too casual, and writing in first person using 'I' adds to that. Nonetheless I generally like the personal touches you've added, and this needed a review, so good man.

StarlessCore
January 11th 2017


5616 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

cool review. both bands going downhill fast imo

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Essence
January 11th 2017


5906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

honestly this album did not hit home with either band for me. nails felt totally off and like they were just going through the motions, and full of hell did not sound nearly as manic as they should

accompliceofmydeath
January 11th 2017


4615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I'm in the minority here in that I liked this a lot. NAILS deliver on the fast and simple with a sick mosh riff; and FoH seem to fall back to their earlier style of more grindy sludge-filled hardcore and less weird noise stuff.

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ZippaThaRippa
January 11th 2017


10333 Comments


The weird noise stuff was what separated them from the pack

accompliceofmydeath
January 11th 2017


4615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, I guess I just like boring generic stuff.

SteveOffProbation
January 11th 2017


1445 Comments


news flash: nothing about either of these bands can be called generic and/or boring

StarlessCore
January 11th 2017


5616 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

news flash: yes they can if youve heard more than 5 bands in the genre you freaking toad

botb
January 12th 2017


11048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Full of hell is still killing it tbh, the nails song is ok but compared to their first two records totally skippable

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2017


10929 Comments


"are harbored in the Banda’s dynamics" *band's

Good review, forgot to check this split

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MillionDead
January 13th 2017


770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was pretty disappointed with how the FOH songs were just noise free.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10929 Comments


Jammed this, wasn't blown away. Solid enough I guess.

AsleepInTheBack
January 13th 2017


5200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its just pretty good, though you can't really expect that much from 5 minutes of music

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10929 Comments


Very true

StarlessCore
January 13th 2017


5616 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

untrue and this is weak

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10929 Comments


Untrue that you can't expect much from 5 minutes?

FullOfSounds
January 13th 2017


15613 Comments


In five minutes you could be blown away by a piece of music, so disagreed

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ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2017


10929 Comments


Sure you could but nails ain't going to deliver that

StarlessCore
January 13th 2017


5616 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

so no song under 5 mins has ever been dope to you?



k

owen
January 13th 2017


4961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still sad FoH dropped all hardcore influences

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