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Nile What Should Not Be Unearthed – Review
NILE
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE UNEARTHED

NUCELAR BLAST
Release Date: August 28th 2015



Despite the changes that this band has gone through musically over the years from album to album, there is still a huge amount of certainty when you pick up a new album from Nile. This is technical death metal at it's best and there is no mistaking that on any of their work and the latest effort entitled "What Should Not Be Unearthed" is no exception to that. What we have here is a back to basics kind of album that doesn't necessarily rely on technical wizardry to get the point across even though the complex arrangements are still there.

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From the opening track "Call To Destruction" which kicks things off with a bang from start to finish, already there is a massive difference in terms of sound compared to their last album "At The Gate Of Sethu". Gone is the cleaner, slicker production and instead there is a somewhat rawer and more heavier sound that could be compared to their earlier work. Even though there is more focus on getting to the point on most of these songs, the technical trademark of Nile's style is still pretty evident as can be heard on songs like "In The Name Of Amun" and "Evil To Cast Out Evil". The former is a potential live favorite with it's chant midway through the track while the latter focuses heavily on dynamics within the song.

Soundwise it's crystal clear which is always a plus and while it's not as clean as the last album, it's the more traditional sound that gives the songs more life and a more lively feel. Hooks are everywhere on the album, "Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep" slows things down ever so slightly to showcase some of that whereas a track like "Age Of Famine" is more sludgier in tempo. The fast stuff is of course a highlight and none better than on "Rape Of The Black Earth" which pulls you along pretty quickly, making it one of the shorter tracks on the album. The title track is also another highlight and the lower, gutteral vocals are more evident on this one than on any of the others. But the album ender that is "To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed" probably has the most memorable riff which gallops it's way at the end of the song to round out the album and thus another Nile album is over before you know it.

It's hard to fault it, if you are a fan then there's plenty here to like but nit-pickers will probably find something to complain about no doubt. But at this stage in the band's career, there's not much else to expect from one of the top death metal bands around.


TRACKLIST
Call to Destruction
Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep
Liber Stellae - Rubaeae
In The Name Of Amun
What Should Not Be Unearthed
Evil To Cast Out Evil
Age Of Famine
Ushabti Reanimator
Rape Of The Black Earth
To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed

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Review by Andrew "Schizodeluxe" Massie