Abandon All Life


Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Kerrang!
    Apr 30, 2013
    Nails have delivered one of the most savage and head-spinning albums of the year so far. [6 Apr 2013, p.53]
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    This is smart, well-plotted music, which makes its anger all the more effective.
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    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.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    Full of thoughtful songwriting and brilliant instrumentation, Abandon All Life is a hellish and exigent work that grabs hold and refuses to let go.
  5. Apr 1, 2013
    Filled end to end with grindcore insanity and covered in a sheen of sonic grime (thanks to Converge guitarist and engineer extraordinaire Kurt Ballou), the album is an exercise in relentlessness, offering no quarter and asking for none in return as it stampedes from track to track on a merciless metal rampage.
  6. 80
    Abandon All Life isn't a radical departure, but it is the most clever use of the band's tools to date.
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    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.
  8. Aug 1, 2013
    A subtle sense of dynamics (cf. "Wide Open Wound") keeps the roar from getting monochromatic, but don't blink intensity rules here.
  9. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    They pack in an astounding brutality reminiscent of Napalm Death's grueling grindcore. [May 2013, p.99]
  10. Apr 1, 2013
    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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