Nails Hide Metal plays original music. NHM combines a distinctive effects based guitar sound with driving rhythms, melodies and compelling lyrics.   

 "The ingenious songwriting is a facet that is often overlooked by superficial listeners but Nails Hide Metal possesses a sense of mastery that is nothing more than a rarity in the contemporary music industry." - ArtistRack

"Consider me a new fan of this band. Nails Hide Metal make GREAT music." - Middle Tennessee Music

"The fuzzed-out guitar work, the powerful percussion, and those joyous vocals all work in unison to deliver something so positively tender at times. Infinitely catchy the songs linger in the mind courtesy of Nails Hide Metal’s keen ear for melody. Lyrics feel akin to poetry as their abstractions have an emotional quality to them, as they conjure up moods as much as they do mere moments". - Skope Magazine 

"For having such a full sound, you wouldn’t expect Nails Hide Metal to be only two members. Especially in their latest release, Breach, there is such a well-developed, complex sound that you can’t wrap your head around there only being two musicians. The creative team of MeLinda Dalton and Russ Quinn find home in their distinctive guitar sound and driving rhythmic melodies. Nails Hide Metal have clearly developed their own unique sound." – Indie Band Guru

"NAILS HIDE METAL is a two-person band that consists of Russ Quinn and MeLinda Dalton. Together, the duo creates more than just your usual guitar-and-drums music that you would usually associate with a two-person band. Their music is so much more than that." – The Rock and Roll Report


 Songwriters MeLinda Dalton and Russ Quinn are the creative team of Nails Hide Metal. With an extensive catalog of songs to their credit and with regular live performances, they continue to explore new musical directions. Rock guitars and drums drive their songs. Compelling lyrics, melodies and harmonies round off their unique sound. 

High energy performances are a staple of live shows as they tour throughout the US and Canada.  

The two began writing, playing and recording together in 2009. Three self-recorded EPs were released over the next three years.  Two more followed after the couple recorded at Portland Oregon's  Jackpot! Recording Studio.  They continually find inspiration for new material. 

Nails Hide Metal has completed their sixth recording titled Breach.  The album was recorded in Washington at South Sound Sound Recording Studio with Jason Suko.  It was mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering in Portland, Oregon.

Additional recognition: 

Nails Hide Metal has played the Music at the View Festival in Tonasket, WA and Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Canada.  Their self-recorded song “Matter” was a GASC finalist.


MeLinda Dalton - drums, percussion, keyboards, harmonica, vocals 

Russ Quinn - guitars, bass, vocals

2017 - Breach 
2015 - Outside City
2013 - What's Left
2012/2013 - Blood and Makeup
2011 - Where Are We Now
2010 - Ghost

NAILS HIDE METAL can be heard on a variety of digital outlets, radio stations, podcasts and websites. 


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All songs - MeLinda Dalton & Russ Quinn©