AOTY 2019

Abandon All Life

Nails - Abandon All Life
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #252 / 961
User Score
Based on 84 ratings
2013 Ratings: #145
March 19, 2013 / Release Date
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Southern Lord / Label
Hardcore Punk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork

Abandon All Life is a bracing, cathartic, darkly anthemic collection, but those not used to this sort of thing will probably need to spend some time with so it can slow down some and make more sense.

80
PopMatters

By taking the brutal traits of numerous metal sub-genres, Nails have created a violent record that leaves you begging for a reprise, only to press play and relive the assault all over again.

80
AllMusic

Boundaries are not just being pushed here, they're being utterly destroyed, and whether or not it has enough breakdowns for people to mosh to not only isn't a concern, it's a contemptible idea amidst the sort of chaotic devastation Nails bring to bear on their listeners.

70
Drowned in Sound

What Abandon All Life lacks in subtlety and variation it gains in sheer single-minded brute force.

60
musicOMH

Unless they’re aiming for the ear-mangling experimentalism of the likes of The Locust, there needs to be just a little more there that the mind and ears can process into something resembling a series of notes on a stave. 

zachthesnack
86
This record absolutely FUCKS, like it is the fucking of all fuckeries and thats what the fuck it is

This some straight up dropkick your boss shit
Murmaider96
90
Every single Nails album is close to the most satisfactory earache of your life, and this record is what sold it for me to god-tier metallic violence.
amygoodall
75
good
loudnormie101
95
D h ee bo
99
Easily one of the best, metal/hardcore/whatever core albums of the decade. Shit pops off
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Track List

  1. In Exodus
  2. Tyrant 
  3. Absolute Control
  4. God's Cold Hands 
  5. Wide Open Wound
  6. Abandon All Life
  7. No Surrender
  8. Pariah 
  9. Cry Wolf
  10. Suum Cuique
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