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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Metal Louvre: Nailbomb - Point Blank

A protest band in their own right, nothing Sepultura created delivers the razor's edge of fear quite like this shattering cover of Max Cavalera's one-time side project, Nailbomb.

Human rights activists can rally 'round this terrifying vintage photo of a VietCong woman being held at gunpoint by a U.S. soldier. Alone it tells you what you're in for with Point Blank. Before you scream for bloody justice, you still have to question what the story is here. Was the solider attacked first, did he lose a brother-in-arms from a guerrilla attack by the Cong? Or is he as inhumane as the photo on Point Blank would insinuate?

Max, along with Alex Newport and a bevy of guests including the Sep crew, Dino Cazares and Ritchie Bujnowski churned one of the angriest albums ever cut, bar no genre. Added by samples from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer along with the reverb of Max pounding on a washing machine and Alex slamming brakes on his car, Nailbomb's intent was to debilitize their audience. Mission accomplished on brutal songs such as "Wasting Away," "Guerrillas," "24 Hour Bullshit," "For Fuck's Sake," "Exploitment" and "World of Shit."

As bombastic as Point Blank (still today the fiercest output by either of its principal constituents) is, Nailbomb didn't even need to issue the music to deliver an emotional impact. Is it propaganda or a hard-hitting pictorial of human rights violation? You be the judge, but if this cover this doesn't slit you raw, you're one numb son of a bitch.


The Klepto said...

I still think that the Rage Against The Machine cover of the Monk burning himself alive in protest is a bit more telling of the human suffrage. Just a thought of a guy killing himself through immolation in for his people - all without so much as a groan of pain - is something awe-inspiring.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, definitely, and I planned to use that one sometime down the road in this this case the human suffrage is self-inficted (albeit in the name of a higher principle against tyranny and genocide), but the hidden element of Nailbomb's cover intrigues me greatly...who's side should we take? At face value, we sympathize with the Vietnamese woman, but is there a reason for this? All I know is you can see both fear and acceptance of cause in her eyes. Powerful stuff.