What Should Not Be Unearthed
(Nuclear Blast Records)
Ever since I was in high school and watching Headbangers Ball and Uranium and first soaking in extreme metal, Nile has been a band I’ve been massively intrigued by. First of all, it probably has to do with my fascination with pyramids and Egypt in general, couple that with my love of extreme metal and the two go together like cookies and milk. The only thing about Nile over the last few years however, is that since 2007’s Annihilation Of The Wicked, their sound has taken kind of a weird detour. Granted, it hasn’t lost its touch as far as heaviness goes, in fact, the problem might be that they’ve been a little too technical maybe? That sounds dumb, but it makes more sense when listening to What Should Not Be Unearthed, their eighth studio album.
At times on previous albums, it feels like the band got too bogged down by heavy concepts and being as technically proficient as possible. One Unearthed, there is a focus on technicality, but the focus on speed and brutality is much more obvious. On tracks like “Negating the Abominable Coils of Apep” Nile has finally brought back speeding-ticket worthy tracks similar to “Lashed to the Slave Stick”. There are also a lot of really bad ass and memorable riffs being thrown in on the album. “Evil To Cast Out Evil” is a non-stop riff fest and opener “Call To Destruction” is an absolute beast as well. There are also songs like “In The Name of Amun” and “To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed” that provide an awesome mix of speed with the more epic, slower/sludgier riffs that are so rad as well.
At its core, What Should Not Be Unearthed is most certainly another great Nile album in a long line of REALLY GREAT Nile albums. However, I feel like they definitely took a step in a different direction with this record that makes it a little easier to soak in for someone trying the band on for the first time. The album also has plenty of great stuff for those that have been following since the beginning and that’s what makes them such an awesome anomaly in the world of extreme metal. (Brandon Ringo)