Hardcore/grind from USA, latest full-length album released in 2010.
Clocking in at just under 14 minutes, the new album by Southern California hardcore band NAILS is nothing short of awesome. Every one of the album’s ten tracks will pummel into you unrelentingly, as good hardcore and grindcore should. The Six Feet Under Records website describes NAILS as sounding like “Entombed covering Napalm Death and Drop Dead“, which is damn near spot on. Interesting enough, the album was recorded at Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou’s Godcity recording studio, with Kurt producing. That should already tell you that this album will be good.
The album opens to immediate chaos and aural violence with the 32 second “Conform”. The term “powerviolence” becomes perfectly clear. Before you even realize that song’s over, you’re under hell-fire with more pummeling blasts, maniacal screams, and grinding and screeching guitars that continue throughout the next three tracks, nonstop. This album doesn’t seem to want to let up.
Amidst the pissed off chants of “Suffering Soul”, NAILS step back from the chaos just a bit and play some hardcore riffs with some slower groove. Nails continues the pace into the title track “Unsilent Death”.
NAILS knows how to make 14 minutes feel like a long time, and they make good use of their time. The songs blend together seamlessly at times, giving the illusion of lasting much longer. Speaking on the album’s structure, I’d believe it if this album was written as one piece of music broken up into tracks.
The album is still pummeling away in fury like a jackhammer. A short guitar solo is thrown out in “No Servant”. Now it’s back to business as usual with “Scapegoat”, which leads into the album’s longest song and closing track “Depths”. The guitars are the main voice here. Layered screeches, noise, and feedback take over a lot of the song, creating the sonic equivalent of disaster. A considerably slower and heavy as fuck riff with proper use of pinch harmonics lead the track to close with a mood if impending doom, ending the album in guitar feedback. What a perfect closer.
NAILS – Unsilent Death is a great grind album. Although short, it does exactly what it’s supposed to. If you’re a fan of Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Napalm Death, and Brutal Truth, you need to check out NAILS right away. You can stream the tracks “Your God” and “Suffering Soul” here, as well as buying the album on preorder.
The grinding hardcore by Nails does not leave much doubt left for the listeners. The fellows from Southern California gives everything they have in a bit less than fourteen minutes, which results in e relentless fusion of intensity and rage. This is hardcore as I want to hear it! Fuck Hatebreed, fuck trendy bullshit! To quote the guys from Ceremony: "Fuck Your Catch One-Liners, Fuck Your Dress To Impress! You Can Go Fuck Yourself With That Trendy Shit!". Yes, I know that the guitarist Todd Jones used to play in Terror (a band I would rather shit on than listen to) but luckily he chose the right path.
The entire record consists out of a hurricane of raging drumming, pissed off vocal work and furious riffs that is described by many ass somewhere in the lines of Entombed meets Dropdead and Napalm Death and I have to say that Iagree with that. Furthermore, this record has a amazing production! The raw, thick sound was taken care off by Kurt Ballou's Recording Studio, with Kurt behind the production himself. 'Unsilent Death' is a short record, but it succeeds to consist out of the best material that has been released in the hardcore scene in quite a long while. It was clear to me in the very first seconds of the opening track 'Conform', that I was holding one of my favourite hardcore records of now and quite a while in the future still.
Unsilent Death consists of 10 unrelenting and unapologetic songs with a sound not unlike the late '80s Earache Records catalog mixed with early power violence. Recorded during the cold winter of 2009 at Kurt Ballou's Godcity Recording Studio. Westbrook said: It sounds like Entombed covering Napalm Death and Drop Dead.