There are some folks out there who might be of the opinion that the days of delivering evil technical death metal are drawing to a close for South Carolina’s Nile. Well, What Should Not Be Unearthed is their eighth studio album, and there are no signs that they are slowing down anytime soon. This latest installment is set to destroy souls.
Opening with “Call to Destruction,” Nile pulls listeners out of their seats and thrusts them into a fiery pit in hell. Greeted by violent death metal riffage and Karl Sanders’ instantly-recognizable, deathly screams, it’s safe to say this album is going to be monstrous. What is immediately noticeable is that the guitars and vocals are significantly louder than the drums in the mix which is what makes this album even heavier than its predecessors. About two-and-a-half minutes in, the track slows down and in comes the groove.
Nile drag listeners by the throat into next track, “Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep,” which is simply another helping of filth before leading into “Liber Stellae – Rubaeae.” Drummer George Kollias’ relentless blasts and the chugging guitars whip up a frenzy, becoming more and more unbearable as the track gets faster and faster. Salvation arrives in the form “In The Name Of Amun” with an intro that is inclusive of a Middle Eastern arrangement before more spiralling death metal riffage, growled vocals and machine-gun-like drums assault the ears. Midway through, there’s a deafening guitar solo that seeps into the bloodstream and takes over. It is after this that the track takes a sinister turn as the instrumentals slow down and in comes Egyptian-style chanting, led by Sanders’ growls, of course. The dark mood of this set continues with the title track. It is very stop-start to begin with, and the vocals act as the constant. The breakdown and the guitar solo that arrive in the latter section are pure evil and deliver visions of some deformed creature rising up through the dirt!
The other half of the album follows suit, and it is continuously heavy, rarely taking a minute to breathe with the exception of the instrumental “Ushabti Reanimator.” The highlight of the album is the crushing riff in the intro and at various intervals throughout “Evil To Cast Out Evil.” There’s something about it that is oddly touching and emotional, but that’s about as mellow as the album gets.
Sanders himself mentioned that “the goal for the new record was sheer epic brutality.” Goal achieved. What Should Not Be Unearthed is everything that it was destined to be; brutal, crushing and fearless. Sometimes it’s even a little too much, but to be honest, Nile have never made records to take home and play for ma, have they?
What Should Not Be Unearthed will be released August 28 on Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-order it here!
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