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'What Should Not Be Unearthed'
(Nuclear Blast)

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Jools Green


Carolina's, brutal death Metal Egyptology specialists Nile return with their eighth utterly crushing offering, 'What Should Not Be Unearthed', which steps the brutality up a notch or two compared to their 2012 release 'At The Gate Of Sethu', which whilst still being more brutal than many bands would produce was, by Nile standards at least, scaled back on the brutality compared to past offerings in favour of a sound that was lighter, cleaner and more technical.

However it still had the ability to sear the flesh from your face as you listened. For this release the full onslaught of their brutal force is once again unleashed upon you for your listening pleasure. If you think along the lines of 2005s 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' you will be in the right ball court, with a focus on brutal Metal riffing, honed and concentrated for maximum devastation and impact.

The slightly slower and much heavier approach on 'What Should Not Be Unearthed' certainly makes it an easier listen. It still has the technical edge but it's far more refined and the vocals are, in tune with the heavier sound deeper and much more appealing, overall it's just more of a straight forward brutal sound, something that Nile excel in and the drum work from George Kollias is superbly insane as always.

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'Call To Destruction' could not open in a more exciting manner, a huge blast of drum work, roaring vocals that tear the air apart with the opening roar of "Call!... to Destruction!" But it's also a lyrically powerful track that addresses the current issues of the destruction of ancient monuments by modern radicals, one of the most powerful offerings of the album in both content and sound with its abundance of crushing and exotic riffs and haunting latter part lead work.

'Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep' is crushing and brutal yet so fluid, with great frantically technical bursts that leap out at you and vocals ranging from rasping roars to ground shaking growls.

'Liber Stellae – Rubaeae' is fast, punchy and technical without being over complex, the pace dropping away towards the close for some dramatically delivered vocals; a nicely balanced track.

My favourite of the release, 'In The Name Of Amun' a great track made superb by the stellar mid-point, extended shredding of jaw dropping proportions while the predominantly slower and very deliberate 'What Should Not Be Unearthed' is a tempest of crushing riffs and ground shaking vocals and the pace gets faster just before midway briefly but returns again to that slower heavy pace.

'Evil To Cast Out Evil' is stylishly technical and hauntingly crushing with great lead work in the second half and 'Age Of Famine' has guitar work that slithers menacingly beneath dramatic percussion work and menacingly growled vocals.

Next 'Ushabti Reanimator', a brief atmospheric instrumental of epic proportions, steeped in ancient Egyptian atmosphere and a great breather before the crushingly brutal 'Rape Of The Black Earth' which pins you to a wall and beats you to a pulp.

Final track 'To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed' is a well varied offering, at times haunting but with a great pummelling pace that breaks out into technical bursts and some very nice percussive elements as well as some stomach churning heavy moments and ground shaking growls, the final chunk of lead work of the release is pretty memorable also.

'What Should Not Be Unearthed' is an album that grows on you with repeated listens, there's a lot to take in and you just don't get the full picture first listen around but any fans left scratching their heads in confusion over 2012s 'At The Gate Of Sethu', will be now be nodding their heads in approval.

They have always been a band that have tried to add variety to their releases and aren't going to please everyone all the time but I think this certainly has a lot of winning qualities.

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