Abandon All Life

Nails - Abandon All Life
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Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #201 / 1100
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Based on 245 ratings
2013 Ratings: #87
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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.


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.


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.

Drowned in Sound

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


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. 


Nails' Discography: Part II

come on now. WE'RE HALFWAY THERE!!!

It's been a long time coming till we heard a banging album. In here we hear Nails take an even darker sonic direction. It feels like the life of a person who lives in hell in album form. This is so fucking heavy I felt like my head was going to explode. Even though their debut is considered as the better album canonically, In here the band takes some sonic risks that pay off massively. From the dark and wild guitar passages and ... read more


i think i just shit myself again


Although, just as brutal and heavy as Unsilent Death, i find myself slightly more engaged and thoroughly loving every track on the Nails debut where on Abandon All Life although it is still short experience at 17 minutes, i feel it doesn't justify it as much as on their debut but none the less with some great songs such as Wide Open Wound and In Exodus and every track being very good, Abandon All Life is a great follow up

Track Review

In Exodus 9/10
Tyrant 8.5/10.
Absolute Control ... read more


This album is vicious as hell. Expands on the ideas from Unsilent Death and doesn't lose it's edge. My only complaint with this album is that, while it's fun to listen to as it goes by so quickly, it isn't as memorable overall as the first record. I understand that music of this style isn't focused on hooks as much as brutality but some of these songs start to blend together for me. Still a fun and savage ride despite these slight issues.


My face is melting. Someone help.


A bit more sludge influenced compared to Unsilent Death, that doesn't mean it's less violent or harsh than it though. While it doesn't leave you that lasting, fast impression, it's still a solid effort from Nails and a great follow up to their debut.

Favorite Tracks: In Exodus, Absolute Control, God's Cold Hands, Wide Open Wound, Abandon All Life, Pariah, Suum Cuique

Least Favorite Track: Tyrant

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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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Added on: April 4, 2013