500 Word Review: “Nails/Full of Hell Split EP”

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Recently, grindcore and powerviolence legends, Nails and Full of Hell, released a split EP together.  The split EP is the first release since Nails’ “hiatus” and is also the follow up to their amazing full length record, “You Will Never Be One Of Us”, which was released earlier this year.  Ever since this split EP was announced I have been extremely excited to hear it, despite the fact that I had never heard of Full of Hell before.  I was also especially excited to review this project since I have never reviewed a split EP before or any project from either group!  The split EP itself features one song from Nails titled, “No Longer Under Your Control”, and two songs from Full of Hell titled, “Thy Radiant Garrote Exposed” and “Bez Bolu”.  However, even before hearing a single track from the split, I was almost certain that this would be one of the best EPs I listen to this year.

If you know anything about grindcore, especially the two artists featured on this split, then you will not be surprised to see how short this split EP is.  With a total playing time of just short of 4.5 minutes, the Nails/Full of Hell split EP is one of the shortest split EPs I have ever heard and will easily be the shortest release you hear all year.  And again, if you are familiar with grindcore, then you know that the short compositions are chaotic and intense to say the least.  However, this split between Nails and Full of Hell is far more than just chaotic, it is unrelenting, brutal grindcore and powerviolence from start to finish that perfectly fits the gorgeous EP artwork.  When listening to the sole Nails track on the split EP, “No Longer Under Your Control”, it is clear that the songwriting heard is very similar to their previous album, “You Will Never Be One Of Us”, with only a few exceptions that allow the split to differ from the 2016 full length release.  For example, “No Longer Under Your Control” is slightly less aggressive than “YWNBOOU” and is also more melodic with some riffing mixed in with heavy chugging sections, that happen to be a staple for “YWNBOOU”.  The vocals, lyrics, and solo heard on “No Longer Under Your Control”, however, are practically identical to what is heard on the 2016 full length release, which is actually a good thing.  The only negative aspect heard on this Nails track is the production quality.  The production quality is muddy, and by being slightly worse than what is heard on “YWNBOOU”, it fails to correctly exemplify the brutal, raw sound that makes Nails’ music great.  However, this production quality does not take away from the fact that this track is absolutely stellar!

As I mentioned earlier, I did not know anything about Full of Hell prior to this release.  After listening to the split 7 times through I am extremely glad Full of Hell was included in this split because I have really enjoyed their two tracks on the release, “Thy Radiant Garrote Exposed” and “Bez Bolu”.  Like Nails’ sole track, these two tracks are short, fast aggressive, and hard-hitting, addictive grindcore songs.  The sludgy, overall production and tone heard on the guitar and bass tracks accompanied by perfectly mixed vocals result in two phenomenal tracks by Full of Hell.  In fact, these songs are so well written and well recorded that I actually might like these songs more than the sole Nails track heard on this split!  I plan on checking out more of Full of Hell’s discography and if the rest of their material sounds like the songs on this split then I could definitely become a fan of them!

In conclusion, this a great split by Nails and Full of Hell.  In fact, this split EP gives Nails the potential to become the first band/artist to have both an EP and an album make it onto the EPs of the Year list and the Albums of the Year list on Erik’s Album Reviews in the same year.  The aggressive, chaotic sound heard throughout the release is near perfect grindcore that is brief yet masterful, and above all, unfathomably brutal that leaves the listener feeling like they got hit by a bus. I give the Nails/Full of Hell split EP a 9.0/10 and you need to give less than 5 minutes of your time to listen to and truly experience this remarkable split EP, regardless of your opinion on grindcore and this form of extreme music.  I’ve attached the soundcloud stream of the split EP, along with where to order the 7″ vinyl, below for anyone who wants to give it a listen and I’ve also posted the original post I wrote when Nails and Full of Hell first announced the release.  We’ll have a lot more reviews to post in the upcoming weeks so make sure to check back into the site to see what we review next!

Split EP Announcement:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/breaking-news-nails-will-release-a-split-7-with-full-of-hell-this-december/

Split EP on Vinyl:

Nails / Full Of Hell "Split"

Full Split EP Stream:

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Breaking News: Power Trip Announces New Album

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Recently, Texas based hardcore/thrash metal band, Power Trip, have announced the follow up to their iconic, most recent album, “Manifest Decimation”.  This upcoming album, titled “Nightmare Logic”, is assumed to be released in either late 2016 or early 2017.  However, what is know for sure is that the first single off the record, “Firing Squad”, will be released this Tuesday!  This record will be the first full length album by the group since 2013, and the anticipation for this new material is at an all time high, especially for massive fans of the Southern hardcore/thrash metal band like myself!

Power Trip is one of the members of a short, but paramount list of modern thrash metal based bands that I actually thoroughly enjoy.  I usually find it hard to get into any thrash metal artists, due to the fact that the metal subgenre is not a division of music that I find highly entertaining or inspiring.  However, Power Trip is so skilled in their unique mix of aggressive hardcore music and hard-hitting, in your face thrash metal that it is nearly impossible to not absolutely love their material, especially “Manifest Decimation”.  Even if you don’t particularly care for either the hardcore or thrash metal subgenres, the Power Trip discography is something you absolutely need to listen to.  I definitely recommend starting with later releases by the group, but regardless of where you start, you need to give Power Trip a chance if you haven’t yet.

Next week I will be writing a review for the first song off the upcoming 8 track album.  I highly doubt it will be anything but flawless and absolutely addicting, but I will be most interested to see how it compares to “Manifest Decimation”.  Be sure to check back in for updates about “Nightmare Logic” and check out other posts on the site about other hardcore, trash metal, and powerviolence bands!

The Thursday Ten: 11/10/16

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This week we have another installment to the segment, “The Thursday Ten”.  The rules are still the same as usual, and in fact, this week is actually very similar to last week’s post.  This week I have given ratings mostly to releases I wasn’t too fond of.  While there are some great albums in the list below, there are also some extremely cringe worthy ones mentioned.  However, don’t let my opinion stop you from giving these records a listen and determining your own opinion on them yourselves.  Like usual, every album mentioned can be heard on any of the major music streaming platforms, for those who want to give the records a listen.  Last week’s “The Thursday Ten” is also posted below if you are interested in reading older additions to this weekly segment!  Let us know what you think of the ratings in the comments below, make sure to follow the page to never miss an update to “The Thursday Ten”, and of course, all suggestions for records to be rated are always welcome.  Here is this week’s “The Thursday Ten”:

  1. Brokencyde – All Grown Up: 0/10
  2. The Chainsmokers – Collage EP: 7/10
  3. Young the Giant – Home of the Strange: 7/10
  4. Capsize – A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me: 8/10
  5. Die Antwood – Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid: 1/10
  6. Beartooth – Aggressive: 5/10
  7. Fit For a King – Deathgrip: 7/10
  8. Attila – CHAOS: 3/10
  9. Meek Mill – DC4: 6/10
  10. Dayshell – Nexus: 8/10 

Last week’s “The Thursday Ten”:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/the-thursday-ten-11316/

 

The Thursday Ten: 10/20/16

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It’s Thursday which means it’s time for one of my favorite segments to write on Erik’s Album Reveiws: The Thursday Ten.  You guys should know the rules by now; every album is listened to 1-2 times and given a numerical, whole number score out of 10.  This week I chose a bunch of 2016 (and one 2015) releases that I really enjoy, so the ratings might not fluctuate that much and might appear inflated to a new reader.  However, if you read last week’s “The Thursday Ten”, which also happens to be posted below, then you will know that I don’t always give ratings this high.  All albums mentioned can be streamed on any of the major music streaming and distribution sites.  Give them a listen and let us know what you think of the ratings and what albums we should rate next below in the comments!

  1. Show Me A Dinosaur – Show Me A Dinosaur: 9/10
  2. Chance The Rappers – Coloring Book: 8/10
  3. Hotel Books – Run Wild, Stay Alive: 7/10
  4. In Hearts Wake and Northlane – Equinox: 8/10
  5. Little Brother – Cleveland, OH: 8/10
  6. Michael Barr – Back Home EP: 9/10
  7. Darkthrone – Artic Thunder: 8/10
  8. WHENINROME – Half – Hearted: 7/10
  9. Wormed – Krighsu: 8/10
  10. Pity Sex – White Hot Moon: 8/10

Last week’s “The Thursday Ten”:

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/the-thursday-ten-101316/

Breaking News: Apparently Brendon Urie Performed “It Remembers” With Every Time I Die

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As mentioned earlier, Every Time I Die’s latest album, “Low Teens”, features an extremely catchy and addictive track called “It Remembers” that includes guest vocals from Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie.  I personally didn’t know that the two groups were fans of each other, so I was surprised to see they recorded a song together.

ETID has been playing “It Remembers” often on tour this month  and last night they played a show in Los Angeles.  Apparently, Brendon Urie was at the concert and got on stage to perform with Every Time I Die.  The short video of his singing with the band is posted below and I highly suggest you watch it!  It’s obvious after watching the video that Brendon Urie is a huge fan of ETID and his massive fandom for the band can be seen through his brief, yet electric performance.  Of course Brendon and Every Time I Die also sound amazing while performing “It Remembers”.  Urie even took to Twitter after the show to express his gratitude towards ETID for allowing him to accomplish his dream of playing a show with them.

Like previously stated, the video of the show in LA last night is posted below and the blog I wrote about Brendon Urie being announced as a guest vocalist on “Low Teens” is also attached, along with the music video for “It Remembers”.  The album review for “Low Teens” is almost finished and should be posted on the site in the next few days!

https://eriksalbumreviews.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/breaking-news-apparently-brendon-urie-is-featured-on-every-time-i-dies-latest-album-low-teens/

Breaking News: Nails Will Release a Split 7″ With Full of Hell This December

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After releasing what will probably be one of the greatest albums of 2016, “You Will Never Be One Of Us”, and quickly following that with a statement saying they would be going on an “extended hiatus”, Nails has now announced they will be releasing a split 7″ with Full of Hell on December 2nd.  The band did not release an update as to whether the hiatus is over or not, but they have released the artwork for this split and it is mesmerizing to say the least.  It is obvious that this release will be amazing, and could possibly make Nails the first group ever to have both an album and an EP featured on our Albums and EPs of the year posts.  Pre-orders and track previews are not yet live, but when they do get released to the public we’ll be the first to share them with you!  In the meantime check out “You Will Never Be One Of Us” and pick up Full of Hell’s discography for free at their bandcamp page and enjoy some amazing modern grindcore!

https://fullofhell.bandcamp.com/album/amber-mote-in-the-black-vault