Nailbomb: Point Blank (1994)

Released in 1994, Nailbomb’s “Point Blank” is an industrial thrash metal album featuring a collaboration between Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy) and Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel). Characterized by its raw sound, aggressive vocals, and politically charged lyrics, the album explores themes of societal discontent, disillusionment, and rebellion. It stands as a one-off project, capturing a specific moment in time for the two musicians involved.

Track Listing

  1. Wasting Away
  2. Vai Toma no Cú
  3. 24 Hour Bullshit
  4. Guerrillas
  5. Blind and Lost
  6. Sum of Your Achievements
  7. Cockroaches
  8. For Fuck’s Sake
  9. World of Shit
  10. Exploitation (Doom cover)
  11. Religious Cancer
  12. Shit Piñata
  13. Sick Life

Length: 62:33

Genre

Thrash metal, industrial metal

Release Date

March 8th, 1994

Record Label

Roadrunner Records

The Lineup for the Album

  • Max Cavalera – vocals, guitar, bass
  • Alex Newport – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, programming

Recording Date

1993

Recording Studio

Chaton Studios (Scottsdale, Arizona) and Theresa’s Catholic Bedroom (Phoenix, Arizona)

Produced by

Alex Newport and Max Cavalera

Album Themes/Concept

Social and Political Criticism: The lyrics are filled with anger and frustration towards societal issues, corruption, war,violence, and the abuse of power. Songs like “Wasting Away,” “Guerrillas,” and “World of Shit” offer scathing critiques of the world’s problems.

Nihilism and Disillusionment: A sense of hopelessness and despair permeates many of the lyrics. The album questions the meaning of life and expresses a deep cynicism towards humanity’s destructive tendencies.

Anti-Religious Sentiment: Several songs, such as “Religious Cancer,” express a strong anti-religious sentiment,criticizing organized religion for its hypocrisy and negative impact on society.

Personal Struggles and Inner Turmoil: While much of the album focuses on external issues, there are also glimpses into the internal struggles of the songwriters, touching upon themes of alienation, anger, and frustration.

Album Mood

Aggressive and Confrontational: The music is raw, visceral, and relentless, with heavy riffs, pounding drums, and abrasive vocals. It’s an in-your-face assault that leaves little room for subtlety.

Dark and Nihilistic: The lyrics and overall tone of the album are bleak and pessimistic, reflecting a sense of disillusionment and anger towards the state of the world. There’s a palpable feeling of frustration and rage simmering beneath the surface.

Chaotic and Unhinged: The album’s production is intentionally rough and unpolished, adding to the sense of chaos and disorder. It feels like a sonic explosion, with noise, samples, and distorted sounds adding to the disorienting atmosphere.

Rebellious and Defiant: Despite the bleakness, there’s also an undercurrent of defiance and rebellion. The album encourages listeners to question authority, challenge the status quo, and fight for their beliefs, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

Album Trivia

One-Off Project: Nailbomb was intended as a one-off collaboration between Max Cavalera and Alex Newport. They never toured or released another studio album, making “Point Blank” a unique and singular musical statement.

Diverse Musical Influences: The album draws inspiration from a wide range of genres, including industrial metal, thrash metal, hardcore punk, and electronic music. This eclectic mix of influences contributes to the album’s unique and abrasive sound.

Sampling Extravaganza: “Point Blank” is full of samples from movies, TV shows, and other sources. Some notable samples include lines from the films “A Clockwork Orange” and “Full Metal Jacket,” as well as the TV show “Cops.”

Improvised Creativity: Max Cavalera recorded the Doom cover “Exploitation” on the album while heavily intoxicated (he drank half a bottle of rum) to channel a raw punk spirit. Cavalera improvised the lyrics during this session, leading to a spontaneous and unique rendition of the song​.

Unique Album Cover: The album cover, featuring a harrowing image of a Vietnamese woman with a gun to her head, was chosen from a selection of black-and-white prints. It’s a striking visual that complements the album’s intense and provocative themes.

Listen or Pass

This album might be for you if you…

  • Crave raw, unfiltered aggression: If you’re looking for an album that’s the sonic equivalent of a punch to the face,” Point Blank” delivers in spades. It’s a relentless assault of heavy riffs, pounding drums, and throat-shredding vocals that will leave you feeling energized and cathartic.
  • Enjoy industrial metal: If you’re a fan of the industrial genre, with its mix of heavy metal and electronic elements,” Point Blank” is a classic example. It’s got distorted guitars and pummeling drums of metal, combined with harsh industrial soundscapes and electronic effects.
  • Appreciate politically charged lyrics: If you like your music with a message, “Point Blank” doesn’t shy away from social commentary. It tackles themes of political corruption, societal decay, and the futility of war, all delivered with a healthy dose of anger and cynicism.
  • Want to hear Max Cavalera at his most extreme: Known for his work with Sepultura and Soulfly, Max Cavalera is no stranger to heavy music. But “Point Blank” showcases a different side of his creativity, one that’s even more raw, visceral, and uncompromising.

You might want to pass this one if you…

  • Prefer melodic and clean vocals: Nailbomb’s vocals are harsh, abrasive, and often indecipherable. If you’re not a fan of screaming vocals or prefer a more melodic approach, this album might not be for you.
  • Dislike experimental or noisy music: “Point Blank” is not your typical metal album. It incorporates elements of noise, industrial, and electronic music, which can be jarring and off-putting to some listeners.
  • Want a polished and refined sound: The production on this album is intentionally raw and unpolished. If you prefer a clean and crisp sound, you might find this album too abrasive and chaotic.
  • Are easily offended by strong language or controversial themes: The lyrics on “Point Blank” are often graphic, violent, and filled with profanity. If you’re sensitive to such content, you might want to steer clear.

Release Date

March 8, 1994