Pushing boundaries and bending genres is what NAG does best, and to create their unique sound they blend together punk, hardcore and some black metal. This combination creates a sound that is wholly chaotic and head spinning and all at the same time it is incredibly memorable and intoxicating. When listening you can’t help but to want to go ape shit and destroy something and headbang until your spine is permanently warped. In this self titled debut, NAG doesn’t skip out on the heavy nor do they fill anytime with fluff or fillers of any kind. What you get within this record is thirteen songs that are incredibly explosive and violent and they don’t quit until your face is completely torn off of your skull.
Each song is just as hard hitting and razor sharp as the last and as soon as you press play you become entangled in a metallic assault that you just can’t get yourself out of. NAG pile drives each song right through your skull and into your brain, and after listening once this release imprints itself deep inside of your temporal lobe. Every song is bombastic and punishing, just as you would expect from a band that combines hardcore, punk and some black metal. And no matter how many times you listen to this record it is just as punishing as it was the first time that you listened.
NAG doesn’t give you any time to brace yourself for impact. As soon as you take your finger off of the play button razor sharp riffs, bone rattling bass lines, tumultuous drumming and violent manic screams rain down upon you. From end to end NAG displays sharp musicianship and great song writing to provide you with a unique, heavy and completely destructive listen. Not only do they provide you with a heavy and intriguing listen from cover to cover, but they also keep you engaged and headbanging all throughout.
This self titled release is a lethal one, and NAG bends each genre that they sew into this record to their will. Whatever it is they want to do musically they do it and that results in an overall great listen. This release is undeniably heavy and for whichever reason you end up denying that it is heavy it just steamrolls you and moves on with no remorse. NAG suffocates you under the sheer amount of heavy and speed that they bring to this record and if you think that there may be a few moments for you to catch your breath, you would be completely wrong.
As a debut album, this can’t get much stronger. As new comers to the scene NAG makes one hell of an entrance with this release and they prove that they are here to stay for quite some time. This self titled release is monstrous and when you begin listening you just don’t want to put it down. If you are a fan of punk, hardcore, black metal or just some down right heavy, face ripping metal, then you really shouldn’t be skipping out on this record.
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