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Nails - Abandon All Life

Abandon All Life
by Spyros Stasis at 14 March 2013, 3:48 PM

There is nothing better than a chaotic album… other than a heavy chaotic album. That is what NAILS bring to the table with their latest release “Abandon All Life”. This is not an easy listen; it is one of the truly extreme records out there, none of that supposedly “extreme” bands, this is TRUE extreme music: raw, primitive, heavy, aggressive, dark and in your fucking face.

So “Abandon All Life” with ten Punk / Crust / Grind “faster than the speed of light” songs will drag you into a sickening world filled with influences from grind giants such as NASUM and early NAPALM DEATH, with the shorter tracks in the album transmitting an unbelievable feeling of anger to the listener, trust me I wanted to smash my laptop after listening to the opening song “In Exodus”, a feeling that would remain solid through tracks such as “Wolf Cry”, “Absolute Control” and “Tyrant”.

But then the even more interesting part begins. In “Abandon All Life” you will find two sludge songs as well. Firstly the absolutely brilliant “Wide Open Wound” sounding like a bastardized mix of CELTIC FROST and EYEHATEGOD (the whistle-y feedback on the guitars did remind me of the legendary Sludge band), with an unparalleled groove to it, this track will haunt you for a while. Even after that though you get the monumental closing track of the album “Suum Cuique”, also with a dirty Sludge-y type of sound and a great vibe, it is more aggressive and balances better with NAILS Punk basis than “Wide Open Wound”, with the ingenious hellish sounding lead on the guitars, it is by far the highlight of the album in my opinion. There are even parts in this song that might remind you of SUFFOCATION for crying out loud.

So if you think you can handle extreme music, this is an album that will push your boundaries a little bit further. Only thing I would like here was for a longer duration, but I guess that the album might lose a bit of aggression if it was not that short. Nevertheless it is still a great album.

4 Star Rating

1. In Exodus
2. Tyrant
3, Absolute Control
4. God’s Cold Hands
5. Wipe Open Wound
6. Abandon All Life
7. No Surrender
8. Pariah
9. Cry Wolf
10. Suum Cuique
Todd Jones – Vocals, Guitar
Saba - Guitar
John Gianelli - Bass
Taylor Young – Drums
Record Label: Southern Lord Records


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