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What Should Not Be Unearthed
Released: 2015, Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Their stories about buried mummies, dead spirits, ancient manuscripts and the majestic sand of Egypt; the apocalyptic and mysterious banks of the river-god. Rightfully, they are masterminds of metal about Egypt. They only one: NILE!.
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE UNEARTHED is their new album. You gonna think of what they can give after the diamonds of the past included the previous album, THOSE WHOM THE GODS DETEST. I think that after THOSE WHOM THE GODS DETEST (which was very good) shape partially get downhill. The last two studio albums (included the new one) without being bad LP’s are far from the quality of the songs that had been accustomed in the past and especially with albums as BLACK SEEDS OF VENGEANCE, "IN THEIR DARKENED SHRINES or ANNIHILATION OF THE WICKED. In this new effort, those riffs that will stir you up, are missing, those that will draw attention as the atmosphere that will dive into the murky swamp of the dead, is missing too. I'm not saying that the album does not deserve a chance, nor even that it is tepid. If we speak of a band of the scale and level of Nile, the requirements may not be low. Let us examine more profoundly the WHAT SHOUD NO BE UNEARTHED by focusing on the songs.
"Call To Destruction" will assume the role of the opening track, which is fast, possessed by Egyptian sounds, but not anything special. The same goes for the next one "Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep". The most striking on these two songs are mimic items, with those devastating hits that cause the dissolution of the ancient monuments in the first one and the emergence of reptiles in the second one. Also, the lyrics in "Call To Destruction" is written and sadly up-to-date. The "Liber Stellae - Rubaeae" is a remarkably technical song; the guitars are simply amazing. I think that the really good part of the album begins with "In The Name Of Amun" which is one of the most anticipated song here.
The most catchy song is easily to pick up; "Evil To Cast Out Evil". The first listening session stucks into your mind, the main body of the song is murderous and its structure enjoyable, simple and striking. The "Age Of Famine" shows up an aggressive performance by George Kollias, who incidentally gives recitals of speed and technique. And in this song and in the last two ones there are some good points, especially in "To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed", but you gonna be possessed by a feeling of unfulfilleness or that the album could have been even better. This is the problem with WHAT SHOULD NOT BE UNEARTHED. It's nice, at times very strong, but...there is a BUT.
Το sum up, WHAT SHOULD NOT BE UNEARTHED is a good album, but there are much better than this one.
1. Call to Destruction
2. Negating the Abominable Coils of Apep
3. Liber Stellae Rubeae
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 − guitar, vocals, bass, glissentar, baglama saz, keyboards
Dallas Toler-Wade − guitar, vocals, bass
George Kollias – drums
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