Southern rockers' new album reveals a lean mean, stripped to the bone metal machine.
"Nail's" crisp, metronomic drum patterns, thuggish bass and barely-controlled guitar chaos cements the urban, pulverizing, angular locomotion of Cop Shoot Cop with Unsane's sneering, knuckleduster, hate metal. The greasy, southern biker boogaloo of their previous album has been viciously excised to the bone, revealing a lean, mean, red-raw, metal machine.
Throttlerod - Nail Throttlerod's sinuous, punkoid regeneration is a profoundly successful one as Matt Whitehead's furiously abrasive power chords broil at the molten core of their smartest collection of bruising Riff n' Roll thus far. I REALLY dug on this snotty clutch of alpha male, thunder god, riff rock, and there's a queasy, melvinoid lurch to the delivery that is especially effective. Happily the one equation that remains unmolested is the band's protean ability to generate explosive, 4 to-the-floor rock ditties with gloriously beefy, unctuous hooks, and snarling melodies that eddy joyously in the mind's eye long after the album has ceased playing.
Album highlights include the Albini bluster of 'Prizefighter' and the bathometric thrum of 'A Fly On The Fault Line' is a stoner rock gem stone. The strident mix by Andrew Schneider is exemplary, successfully honing gargantuan, thrusting hunks of unfussy rock aggro, into memorable tunage, and pumping Chris Sunstrom's girthsome bass to the fore was a canny stroke. Kudos for the sublime, Dadaist album art, all in all Nail is the complete package and a luminous example of how brutish, rivet-tight riff rock can be a most beautiful thing to behold.
released 14 April 2006
Matt Whitehead: Vocals and Guitars
Chris Sudnstrom: Bass and Backing Vocals
Kevin White: Drums
Additional Vocals on "Shovel" by Jim Starace, Josh Diamond, Jason Diamond, and Dave Crofton.
Additional Vocals on "A Fly on the Fault Line" by Andrew Schneider.
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Andrew Schneider @ Translator Audio in Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Boston, MA.
Artwork by William Leslie.
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