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Should not have seen the light of day - 12%

Vim_Fuego, August 7th, 2004

As far as recording quality goes, this live album is the equivalent of those fuzzy snapshots of the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot. There is sort of a vague impression of what's actually there, but it could be anything really, and is hardly convincing.

This album was always going to be a one off shot, only one chance to get it right. Nailbomb existed in the studio for one blistering album and two live shows, this being the second. It was recorded during the 1995 Dynamo festival. It may have been a great live performance. It just doesn't sound it here.

The show kicks off solidly enough with a blast through "Wasting Away". However, it is instantly noticeable the samples and electronic beats are not fully in phase with the rest of the sound. Perhaps Eindhoven was windy that day, but the samples, which were an essential part of creating the Nailbomb identity, are almost completely lost.

But after that, it just seems to all go downhill. It is a truly live album, with all the fuck ups and piss poor sounds left in, but after the amazing 'Point Blank', this really doesn't cut it. Max's vocals seem to drown out everything else, and the rhythm guitar sounds flat.

All is not lost though. The rumbling "Sum Of Your Achievements" is an aural steamroller. "Religious Cancer" would have been an excellent fist pumping shout–along anthem in the live arena.

However, after that, the whole show really just tails off terribly. The cover of the Dead Kennedys' "Police Truck" seems like a school orchestra played it. It is out of time, and you can almost feel everyone on stage (including DK’s drummer D.H. Peligro) looking around wondering what comes next. The cover of Doom's "Exploitation" is a little better, except someone fucks up the vocals. The rest of the live songs are just plain poor. It is almost comforting when 'Sick Life' finally tails off into feedback oblivion.

Two studio tracks were tacked on the end of the album, apparently leftovers from 'Point Blank'. Enough said. Some things best remain unrecorded.

In the liner notes, Max and Alex say, "The Dynamo show is full of mistakes and technical problems, but that's how it was on the day. We think it captures the spirit of the band, unlike a lot of (live) albums today". I have heard better bootlegs. If this is the spirit of Nailbomb, then it was killed off just in the nick of time. This project should have stayed in the studio.

Decent enough. - 75%

Egregius, May 4th, 2003

Some might hear about Nailbomb and wonder "Woa, a Sepultura side-project! But wait a minute, the Nailbomb albums were released around the time Sepultura released Chaos AD, can it be any good?".

Well I can make this review really short for you: if you hated Chaos AD, then you're probably not gonna like Nailbomb muchly.

However, it's not totally fair to compare Nailbomb with Chaos AD-time Sepultura. They only share 2 members out of 4, and where Sepultura at that point is described as 'post-thrash groove metal', this is more of a mix of punk, hardcore and the Sepultura of Chaos AD.

But enough of the comparisons.

The album itself is not entirely surprising a live-album, as Nailbomb was more of a 'fun project' for it's members. Not ment as a commercially viable band (hence the album title) Nailbomb seems to be meant as a way to vent some anti-societal/governmental feelings and have some fun (and to be mainly a live-band).

The songs themselves are built up from simple structures, composed of simple but effective (hardcore) riffs.Songs often solely employ the same guitarriff and a slight variation or two, plus sometimes an extra riff for the moshing bit. But from this simplism 'crowd-favorites' seem to emerge to manifest as powerfull anthems for the oppressed. *coughcough*

Anyhow, these are the kind of songs to which you'd bang your ahead if you'd be standing in the middle of the crowd even if you've never heard Nailbomb before. Not that this album is an undisputed classic, but this it's a really decent 'mosh-along'-record, reflected by the score.
As for being a live album, it's semi-surprising to hear them use samples even live, but overall the sound is pretty good. The crowd can be heard, but not obtrusively, and the sound has that nice live-feel without being shitty.
'While you sleep..' and 'Zero-Tolerance' aren't live tracks btw, and the latter is pretty industrial compared to the other tracks.

No stand-out songs, but all at least semi-decent. I'd recommend 'Guerillas' and 'Religious Cancer' if you want to try them out.