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Nail

Scraping Foetus off the Wheel

1985

Nail
Album Summary

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Nail is the fourth studio album by Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel. It was released in October 1985, through record labels Self Immolation and Some Bizzare. The album incorporates a variety of musical genres, including classical and industrial rock, and the lyrics are often esoteric. For example, the tempo and instrumentation in "Descent into the Inferno" is infrequent: the song's first half is sparse and percussive; in the latter stages the song gathers momentum and features synthesizers. "The Overture from Pigdom Come", a composition resembling a classical piece of music, is juxtaposed with perhaps the most brutal track on the album, "Private War", a track that features one minute of various grinding noises. There are various obscure references within the songs, some more lucid than others. "The Throne of Agony" has the lyrics "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew me well", a paraphrase of a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet (Hamlet: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio..."). The line "Turn on, tune in, drop out" in "DI-1-9026" refers to the Timothy Leary phrase. Jack and the Beanstalk is also referenced, with a variation of the chant "Fee, fie, foe, fum!" appearing in the final track.

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Rating

2.37

Votes

60

Genres

  • Rock

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Tue May 07 2024
4

I kind of expected to hate this but found it to be very good and interesting. Misses a top rating for me because I just really couldn't get into the vocals.

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Tue May 07 2024
3

My ears met Thirlwell in more literally cinematic environs. Scraping the 90s, this record demonstrates craft and remains a particularly accessible instance of dark cabaret aesthetics. Implied are the traditional industrial obsessions and a wide embrace of the musical non-traditional. Stylish and an odd companion, lacks the raw impact of certain contemporaries.

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Wed May 08 2024
3

Not bad. Sort of a silly Nine Inch Nails. Better than their awful band name would indicate! I kind of truly dug it by the end.

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Wed May 08 2024
3

I look into my crystal ball and this is gonna be weird. Hardcore? Butthole Surfers type stuff? Ok, no idea how to describe this. Like if Nick Cave was jokey rather than flat out depressing? It's like the gothy end of new wave mixed with beat poetry and industrial noises? Closest I've heard to it is the second Ministry album, but that is also a much more serious affair. Ridiculous, but preferable to more folk. 3/5.

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Thu May 09 2024
2

When you want something in between Tom Waits and Nine Inch Nails.

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Sat May 25 2024
2

Not nearly as noisy and bad as the band name suggests! Was expecting USA hardcore punk/metal and actually heard slightly rockabilly/blues-tinged songs with relatively acceptable singing. Brings to mind The Cramps and Birthday Party with a hint of “Rain Dogs” era Waits.

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Thu May 09 2024
3

Yeah, I mean not awful industrial, so I think it could make an argument to get there, but I still don't have to like it.

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Wed May 22 2024
3

Never heard of them prior. Interesting album.

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Thu May 30 2024
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Enter the exterminator

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Wed Jul 03 2024
3

Melodramatic and outrageous in a fun way, but a little goes a long way. The band's name was kind of extreme back in the day and suggests a different kind of listening experience, but the album itself is mostly a haphazard industrial sound with psychobilly leanings. The instrumental bits are very good, but they don't really fit in with the rest of it. Fave Songs: The Overture from Pigdom Come, Anything (Viva!), The Throne of Agony, Descent into the Inferno

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Thu May 09 2024
2

With an album title like this, my expectations already drop significantly. Whomever thought they were being funny and clever when they came up with this deserves a spanking. Musically, there's also not much to like here. Annoying.

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Thu May 09 2024
2

I think NIN would have listened to this a lot. I however did not make it to the end. Too much undefined stremming.

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Thu May 09 2024
2

An alternative take on the industrial genre. Does it make it more listenable? Yes. Does it make me enjoy it more though? Not really

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Fri May 24 2024
2

Not great, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting based on the cover and the description. 2 stars.

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Sat Jun 08 2024
2

It was a weird 80s metal album. I don't need to listen to it again. Thankfully it was short.

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Thu Jun 27 2024
2

Thought I would hate this, going off the band name, really liked the classically styled opener, then the vocals were a bit of a let down and I struggled to finish it, even with a few interesting highlights. 2.1

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Wed May 08 2024
1

Hard rock very close to something like trash, the interpretation dances more between noise than music

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Fri May 17 2024
1

Not a fan of this LP, which somehow thinks Tom Waits vocals meets dated industrial instrumentation is a good combo. I'm all for musical abrasion, but this is more noise for noise's sake than anything artistic or meaningful.

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