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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Southern California metal band was produced by Converge guitarist, Kurt Ballou.
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  1. Apr 30, 2013
    100
    Nails have delivered one of the most savage and head-spinning albums of the year so far. [6 Apr 2013, p.53]
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    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.
  3. 80
    Abandon All Life isn't a radical departure, but it is the most clever use of the band's tools to date.
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    80
    This is smart, well-plotted music, which makes its anger all the more effective.
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    70
    If you had the latest Pig Destroyer record high up on your ‘Best of 2012’ list, if you hold John Peel’s Napalm Death and Carcass sessions close to your heart then Abandon All Life will be a record for you to cherish. If not: move along, there’s nothing for you here.
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    67
    A subtle sense of dynamics (cf. "Wide Open Wound") keeps the roar from getting monochromatic, but don't blink intensity rules here.
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    The punkier title track stands out, as does the ferocious No Surrender, both featuring in their breakdowns the standout riffs from the album. But too much of the rest is lost in a barrage of blast beats, bluster, and bludgeon.

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