There simply aren’t enough words in the english language to describe the sheer ferocity Nails‘ Abandon All Life has to offer. This is metal at its finest. It is relentless, loud, heavy, and everything in between. There is nothing cheap on this record. It’s raw, organic, and quick. Ten songs in about seventeen minutes. When you finally catch your breath, the album is finished. Only making you start right back at the beginning.
Abandon All Life’s tracks are simple – very simple. This may turn off some listeners who are accustomed to the technical approach metal bands sometimes offer. But make no mistake, the complex nature of the album is hidden, with every instrument playing a pivotal role in creating easily one of the most diverse metal records. As much as I enjoyed Nail’s previous effort, Unsilent Death, Abandon All Life showcases what this band is and what they can become. Nails can easily become the biggest metal band on the scene.
I’ve gone through Abandon All Life at least a dozen times and with every listen it becomes clear – this might be one of the best metal albums of the last few years.
The preview track posted several weeks ago for “Wide Open Wound,” is nothing compared to the rest of the album. In fact, “Wide Open Wound,” is the slowest, most simplistic track on the whole record. “God’s Cold Hands,” takes the top prize for being the track that makes me want to lift a cement block and throw it at my own face. Other tracks such as “Abandon All Life,” and “Absolute Control,” stand out.
Do yourself a favor, get this album. Worship this album as Nails will soon become your favorite metal band.
Nails will be headlining at St Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on May 3rd with Xibalba, Early Graves and White Widows.