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Nails / Skin Like Iron: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2012)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: JohnGentileJohnGentile
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While quantity isn't on Nails' agenda, only having released about 18 minutes of music total since 2009, consistency is listed. On their half of the new Nails/Skin Like Iron split, they retain their lightening fast sludge rumbling. Still a combination of abrasive, crushing guitars, column-like bass, .
While quantity isn't on Nails' agenda, only having released about 18 minutes of music total since 2009, consistency is listed. On their half of the new Nails/Skin Like Iron split, they retain their lightening fast sludge rumbling. Still a combination of abrasive, crushing guitars, column-like bass, relentless drumming and voice box-shredding vocals, Nails pull together the fiercest parts of metal with the tightest parts of hardcore. But, in comparison to their previous LP, Unsilent Death, the two new songs feature a more multifaceted approach. "Annihilation," the first track, features a number of twist and turns, that seem to fit naturally with the music, as opposed to the unexpected, mathcore-ish, shifts found in their earlier work. The second track, "Cry Wolf," continues Nails' lyrical themes of ambiguous hatred with the outside world. But, with lyrics consisting solely of "Gross, disgust, misuse / Attempt to ruin and abuse / No one will ever come and find you / So go talk your fucking shit," I do hope the tune isn't an attack on music journalists though… Through their directed ambiguity, the band seems to be fashioning tools for lashing outward, leaving the purpose of the assault up to the listener.
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