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!
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Full Split EP Stream: