NILE - What Should Not Be Unearthed (12" Gatefold DOUBLE LP on Black Vinyl)
United States | Brutal/Technical Death
With numerous critically acclaimed albums and countless world tours under their belt, South Carolin's NILE have raised the bar for extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually. Their withering live performances are nothing short of legendary. Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), NILE wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern death metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, NILE unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders' interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies. Each following year brought a new recording, which marked a large step forward in their musical evolution. Albums such as 2002's ambitious "In Their Darkened Shrines" and the most recent "At The Gate Of Sethu" took NILE's astute songwriting and invention to dizzying new heights. Their 8th studio release "What Should Not Be Unearthed" once again sees them team up with mixer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Scorpions). The focus this time around is on brutally Heavy Metal riffing and songwriting; recalling the 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' album but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Sanders explains: "Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years, it's the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around."