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Metal Life Exclusive Interview With NILE Plus Our Review Of “What Should Not Be Unearthed”


Resident metal queen Karila recently spoke with Karl Sanders, the visionary guitarist of Nile, about their latest album What Should Not Be Unearthed, to be unleashed to the masses via Nuclear Blast on August 28, 2015. They discussed what distinguishes this album from Sethu, what makes the fans the most critical part of the scene, and what surprises await their legions of European fans.

Conceptually, Nile’s eighth studio album wraps its thoughts around the morbid idea that the things unearthed by the curiosity of man have the power to shake all our ideas of what is truth. But if you do not dig up this album and unleash the sheer majestic cruelties that are handmade to give your ears the lashing of a lifetime, you will miss out on one of the finest death metal treasures of 2015.

Departing from the surgical precision and sterile production qualities of At The Gate of Sethu, Nile has conjured up an unmatched ferocity that fuses with the band’s signature dark and earthly exoticism. It is a receipt that has successfully identified the most definitive Nile albums as enduring classics. “Call to Destruction” and “Rape Of The Black Earth” are the most relentless beasts of the group and harken back to the precious golden days when Annihilation of the Wicked was the pick of the season. These two tracks make me want to cast down some more heretics in the pit (crossing fingers for US tour!!). “Evil to Cast Out Evil” is the demon spawn that could have been the orphan song of Those Whom The Gods Detest; the melody plummets into an anthemic chant, which is sure to rival “4th Arra of Dagon.” My absolute favorite song on the record, “Negating The Abominable Coils of Apep,” is more of an adventure than the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland because, unlike the ride, the breakdowns in this song make me a very happy lady. Nile redefines the breakdown when it comes to death metal, because it does not come in its typical chugging patterns. The strings seem to howl as they bend, the cavernous bellows of Karl Sanders echo for eternities, and the vast atmosphere created by growling guitars embellished by the sultry tambourine is just too beautiful to pass up.

This album is nothing less than a gargantuan success filled to the brim with jolting accelerations, haunting movements, and a menacing primitiveness that will immediately be embraced by Nile’s loyal fanbase.

Rating: 8/10


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