Today we have reviewer Mohammad Kabeer (from Necrofilth) doing the review of the album ‘Abandon All Life’ from the band ‘Nails’.
1. In Exodus
3. Absolute Control
4. God’s Cold Hands
5. Wide Open Wound
6. Abandon All Life
7. No Surrender
9. Cry Wolf
10. Suum Cuique
When Nails released their sophomore album Unsilent Death in 2010, they made quite a name for themselves in the hardcore/power violence/grind scene. This album found its way to many top 20 lists of many reputed music blogs. Some even credit the band for creating a new subgenre called Entombedcore, which I am not sure I agree with, however I do agree with one thing, that Unsilent Death was awesome and with that being said, they had a lot of expectations riding on this album, which I was confident that they would fulfill, and they did.
Nails is a four piece band from California. The music that they play can be generally summed up as Metallic Hardcore which has a very strong Grindcore influence , the result of which is music that is loud,chaotic, heavily distorted and very pissed off , they have strayed too far away from their “core” sound, however Grind over here is now more than just an influence and is slowly becoming an integral part of their genre, this can be seen in the fact that there are a lot more blast beats in this album , it’s a lot faster, and the guitar parts that accompany the blast beats fall distinctively into that genre rather then being on the borderline as was with the previous album, this is exemplified perfectly on the track cry wolf. This tempo is maintained pretty much throughout the album save for Wide Open Wound and the album closer Suum Cuiqe which go into sludgier territories , with the former adding a certain mystical touch to it, and the title track abandon all life which adds a twist by going all death metal a la morbid angel in the second half of the song. All of these factors don’t really create any drastic changes to their genre, but they do add a little extra to their already intense, crushing ,sound which is also aided by the production which has improved a lot since Unsilent Death, not that it was bad then but it’s a lot better now, this album sounds much more massive, much more dense and In short… just so much more fucking heavy!
So my verdict? If you think this album will change your opinion about nails. Don’t bother, however if you loved the previous album you are going to love this one even more! As for me… I fucking love it!! Its just got everything I love about this genre packed into seventeen face melting minutes!! In fact, if you’ll excuse me I think I’ll go back to listening to it now.
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