If you ever watched “The Prince of Egypt” and wished it had a death metal soundtrack, look no further than Nile’s “What Should Not Be Unearthed.” Since the 90s, these South Carolina death metallers have forged some of the most dastardly sounds on the planet that combine brutal technicality as well as powerful songwriting. Their latest release is certainly a continuation of their mighty sound.
Nile opens their album right. No whooshing-air intro or ominous instrumental to prepare listeners. Instead, the band chooses to smack its listeners with noise, aggression, and speed with the colossal “Call to Destruction.” George Kollias reaffirms why he’s such a top player in metal with precision blast beats and meticulous technicality while axemen Karl Sanders and Dallas Toller-Wade execute exotic guitarwork and violent progressions that make “What Should Not Be Unearthed” a must-have for extreme metal fans.
“In the Name of Amun” boasts one of the band’s most impressive and volatile guitar solos while the album’s behemoth of a title track is so gargantuan and nasty I can only picture a titanic desert giant laying waste to Ancient Egypt. “Evil to Cast Out Evil” is easily the record’s catchiest tune by a landslide but “Age of Famine” seemed to lose the momentum for me.
“Rape of the Black Earth” recoups the album’s steam, mostly in part due to the regal instrumental track “Ushabti Reanimator.” “To Walk the Flames Unscathed” effectively ends the album, but not without taking the audience for one more ride. The song is remarkable and floors listeners with a hypnotic harmony section that ushers the audience even deeper into the African unknown.
“What Should Not Be Unearthed” is definitely an album that should be unearthed. Nuclear Blast has done a great job adding killer metal bands to their repertoire and Nile is absolutely in their own element here. Nile sticks to what they know but still manage to expand their catalog in a tasteful way rather than slapping together filler tracks just for the sake of releasing music. Fans new and old are well advised to pick this up.