Review – Nailgun Massacre: Boned, Boxed and Buried

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Nailgun Massacre: Boned, Boxed & Buried
Death Metal
Xtreem Music
January 10th, 2015
Release length: 44:36
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Nailgun Massacre is a South Holland, Netherland based Death Metal outfit that formed in 2010. It’s a five-piece that, since formation, has held onto its original line-up through the years. It also has stuck with the same “pen name” gimmick since birth, using aliases to hide their identities, even though press photos exist showing their faces. This doesn’t change the fact that their real names still seem to be a bit of a mystery, except for guitarist Remco Kraft, known as “Bonesaw”, who is also involved with Grand Supreme Blood Court and Soulburn. In 2011 they issued a debut album titled Backyard Butchery through Slowrunner Records, and hadn’t entered the studio again until late. It’s been a few years but patience for the fans are being rewarded in 2015 with the follow-up album Boned, Boxed and Buried through Xtreem Music. But does it hold up as a solid Death Metal outing, or is nothing more than pointless hero worship veiled in with gimmick?

Boned, Boxed and Buried isn’t the most unique of Death Metal ventures, and can even put you off a bit at first. The music itself has the typical mildly deep distortion to back up some solid grooves reminiscent of Six Feet Under to play up the murder and horror themed topics, while the bass acts more as a back bone to support those riffs but still can be picked out with ease, and the drums are pretty crisp with a subtle echo to add a little extra bite. While the music sounds good with enough of a blunt impact, all the instruments sound pushed back in the mix a bit. The vocals, however, are pulled to the forefront. The gutturals will instinctively make you think that not only is Chris Barnes involved, but even were sold an album by the aforementioned band he does vocals for. Aside those similarities, you get vile Autopsy grade growls, traditional rasps in the vein of Goregrind releases, and even some gloomy narrations and sound clips to build up that very atmosphere even more, similar to the album Brutal by Chaosbreed.

As far as the overall sound of the music goes, it seems wretched at first. But the more time you spend with the album, it dawns on you why Nailgun Massacre went this route, but, sadly, doesn’t always end up making the material as inspiring as the final mix tries so hard to do. “Where’s the Head” falls in line with the latter as a pretty standard Goregrind inspired piece that is infectious for what it is, though not too memorable overall. The only thing really going for it is how the psychedelic solo towards the three minute mark plays into the lyrical concept. “Stinky Stench” sounds like something ripped straight out of Six Feet Under‘s recent playbook, only adding more vile gutturals and rasps to the mix, the latter of which at an obnoxious level this time around. The music itself even sounds a bit thinner, incorporating the bass in a way that drops the tuning to the sound of rattling bones, thus affecting the overall pitch. A lot of this carries over to “I Bury the Hatchet in Your Face” as well, though the growls take on more of an eccentric approach that literally sounds like the bastard child of the Cookie Monster and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, making what tries to build to an intimidating track that will remind listeners of the aforementioned band’s song “Murdered in the Basement”.

And then you get some that fall in line with something Macabre would turn out. “Boned, Boxed and Buried” has a very gloomy Doom Metal touch that plays up the sickening tone of the lyrics, not to mention the vocals once again. There are some rasps in the chorus that make you wish they were a somewhat more nasal than they actually are blunt. The tone taken does fit the story being unravelled though, and the slower to mid-tempo speed works to keep the over five minute song well paced. “Nailgun Messiah” adds that higher pitch to them, not to mention uses that style a little more for a quick blast of Death Metal on par with that group as well. Of the two, this one is just a lot of fun, never really taking itself too seriously.

As a whole, Nailgun Massacre doesn’t really introduce anything too unique or different to the Death Metal world. In fact, much of their material treads dangerously close to ripping off one of the most notable entries in the groove heavy world of that genre itself. But, what does exist is still pretty damn catchy, evolving into a sick and twist world of horror, gore, and brutality within a highly varied recording. If you want something different, Boned, Boxed & Buried won’t really hold your attention for long periods of time outside of a small handful of truly creepy or sadistic performances. But, if you just want to hear something catchy, then Boned, Boxed & Buried is a safe, grim, and sometimes fun little title of b-grade horror inspired Death Metal fans of any bands mentioned above will get a kick out of.


01. Where’s the Head – 3:49
02. Boned, Boxed and Buried – 5:05
03. Stinky Stench – 2:48
04. I Bury the Hatchet in Your Face – 4:07
05. Meat Locker – 5:00
06. Nailgun Messiah – 3:32
07. Casket Full of Fun – 4:46
08. The Doctor and the Beast – 3:14
09. Mad Road Killer – 3:35
10. What’s in the Box – 0:57
11. Lower Me Down – 7:43
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Nailgun Massacre
Nailgun Massacre

Digital review copy of this release provided by Xtreem Music
via Transcending Obscurity PR.