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Nile - What Should Not Be Unearthed Award winner

What Should Not Be Unearthed
by Michael Coyle at 11 August 2015, 9:01 PM

Today I have the great pleasure of reviewing a record by a band that through my time as a fan of Death metal has both inspired me and has also motivated me over the course of time; honestly I find it funny in a way that I became a fan and I'm now reviewing one of their records. Expect this though ladies and gentlemen, this is a record for the fans, for older and for the new ones, this is a pure example as to what this band is capable of after all these years. So without further delay this is NILE with their new record “What Should Not Be Unearthed”!!

Call To Destruction”
As this song begins we are already aware of how powerful the album will be, the song starts off fast and heavy which we have come to love about NILE and then proceeds to a normal speed but still as aggressive no matter the speed, I was blown away with the quality of “Call To Destruction”, it is tasty to my ears and gives a great impression to not only those who are familiar with NILE's music but also any person who hears NILE for the first time, powerful and for this song in particular, a message about the dangers of extremism.

Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep”
This song is a great example of tracks that build up and come back down in speed, it features some catchy riffs and really works as both music you can headbang or chill to. For me the best thing about this song is that it shows how George Kollias can go from your traditional death metal drums to the blast beats and back to being plain fast, all in all it is a great song and shows how the band can quickly go from slow to fast in a short amount of time.

Liber Stellae – Rubaeae”
Tech o'clock with “Liber Stealle – Rubaeae”; what I like about this song is that it reminds me of “Annihilation Of The Wicked” - during moments when songs would start fast but slow down yet maintain that heaviness which made the album one of the best in NILE's career. Dallas's vocals really shine when combined with the almost melodic riffs coming from Karl. A perfect song for those old school NILE fans with the elements that make modern NILE just as great.

In The Name Of Amun”
I like how this song begins, it reminded me of The Great Egyptians documentary intro which sent a chill down my spine, the song then proceeds in a fast pace with some of the best riffs on the album so far, this song will ensure that you don't fall tired and does so with full force and it works really well, I would call this one of the best songs on the album because for a tech death band about Ancient Egypt, it manages to take me to the horrors of the underworld and I came out with a big grin on my face, with a desire to watch The Mummy.

What Should Not Be Unearthed”
The title track slowly builds up to become something special. I love how intense the song becomes after 2 minutes going back into hyperspeed before going back to normal speed with gong sound effects to give us that feeling of being in Egypt. The structure of “What Should Not Be Unearthed” works to provide a sense of greatness as we see NILE already return to glory but do it in a way that reminds us why we should continue to be excited when they create new songs; this song is incredible.

Evil To Cast Out Evil”
From the very start the track holds up as a strong and very melodic piece;we can find that with some of the bands Progressively natured and being found through and through; the opening brings a track that shows its strengths with a great nature. With Dallas's vocal we have a pure form of aggression and power which we have come to love over the years and even still he holds up as one of the greatest voices in Extreme Metal. The track itself in a large way is classic NILE at their finest show casing some of the bands unique style of playing and showing us that there is still more for this band to bring each and every time; when it comes to the track's solo we see the very form of what NILE are capable of in every way and form, I find it to be one of the best parts of this record as it is a very creative solo with some very dark sounds that make the track a very strong lay.

Age Of Famine”
As the song starts we see an opening with a slow and very heavy form of playing showing us one of the bands many faces when writing, I find that with this track we see something very groovy and very heavy with some of the bands ideas becoming a pure mixture of what it is they are capable of creating. I find that if anything this track shows us the bands technical side more and more by slowing down and showing us the fans just what they are doing and how they are able to portray it into a song. With this song though we see the band use more Grind elements if I may be honest as there are some of the bands usual tones but when it comes to the slower parts we see a very Grind type of element being used which I really love, even if it isn't I feel there are some great ideas that are being put into this track.

Ushabti Reanimator”
Opening with a very soft and very mentally visual sound we feel this type of entering an arena vibe which works for the way the track is being built up for us, from what I can tell you it feels like I myself am entering an arena preparing to fight for my very life and really it is one of the most unique ideas I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing.

Rape Of The Black Earth”
Starting fast and full of energy we see the band take hold and bring forth the power that they bring every time, of course though with what we have here we see the band brings some familiar sounds and styles to the field as well as something new which we can take with ears as there are more ways to make faster even more faster then it should be and that is exactly what we have within this very song, of course though we have seen the band evolve their ideas over the years and each and every time we have seen what kind of structure to expect but with this track we feel the pure pressure of the bands ideas come to life and bring a rage of destructive tone to the field.

To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed”
I love how they can structure their songs with such innovations and bring out some of their best ideas near the end, it feels like with every record we see a certain structure that builds from progressive to the more brutal in terms of how heavy of a one we can get from the band and that is what makes this band stand out most of all as there are ways that the band are able to create a powerful idealistic tone that forces it's way through your mental capacity and break through as something aggressive but perfect in it's own way and that, folks, is just what we have here for this final track plus some very incredible melodies that work perfectly in the solo section of the tracks with some groove and some beauty that works the way you want it to.

To conclude with the release of this record; we are going to see what I can only describe as a new and stronger chapter in the NILE legacy and I feel that fans will defiantly agree as there is something for every Death Metal fan on this record.

4 Star Rating

1. Call To Destruction
2. Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep
3. Liber Stellae - Rubaeae
4. In The Name Of Amun
5. What Should Not Be Unearthed
6. Evil To Cast Out Evil
7. Age Of Famine
8. Ushabti Reanimator
9. Rape Of The Black Earth
10. To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed
Karl Sanders – Guitars, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Baglama, Saz, Bouzouki.
Dallas Toler – Wade – Guitars, Bass, Vocals.
George Kollias – Drums, Percussion
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records


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