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What Should Not Be Unearthed

Company: Nuclear Blast
Release: 2015
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Fell short of really pulling me in

  • Buried deep in the rotting grounds of Egypt, the latest offering from Nile has been found, dusted up and polished for public display. "What Should Not Be Unearthed" is a Nile album through and through, with plenty of muted, chugging riffs and heaviness to weigh down even the Great Pyramids.

    As with most Nile albums, at least for me, I started to lose interest about 4 or 5 tracks in as things just began to get a bit repetitive. After a couple times of listening to the album in patches, I finally made my way through the whole thing and while it is a solid release, it is just too repetitive for me. I know this genre struggles with pacing and changing things up. I mean there's only so much you can do before old riffs start reappearing and you're listening to riffs that you heard six to seven years ago. The one change here is that Karl Sanders' vocals are a bit more of a middle of the road growl instead of the rumbling, throaty ululations we are so used to from him. Those deep growls are still present but are used more as background growls than the main vocal body.

    Instrumentally the band just set out to make one of the heaviest albums they could and in that, they definitely succeeded. Tracks like "Call to Destruction", "Liber Stellae-Rubaeae" and "In the Name of Amun" are just punishing, pulverising songs that seek to break your will.

    All in all, the album was quite decent but fell short of really pulling me in and give me something new. Devoted Nile fans will lap this up with ferocity and death metal fans in general have something solid to sink their teeth into.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for Nile:
    At the Gate of SethuNile
    Greg Watson6/22/2012
    Those Whom The Gods DetestNile
    Greg Watson4/16/2010
    What Should Not Be UnearthedNile
    Greg Watson8/20/2015

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