WORDS: Jack Fermor-Worrell
Egypt-themed death metallers Nile have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming eighth studio album “What Should Not Be Unearthed”. Released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast Records, the album will again feature artwork created by Michal “Xaay” Loranc.
Speaking about the new album, vocalist and creative mastermind Karl Sanders had this to say:
‘All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album ‘What Should not be Unearthed’. It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an AOTW approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, ‘At the Gates of Sethu’ was super surgically clean and very ‘musicianship oriented’ whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; Unearthed is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting. 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. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!’
Xaay states about the artwork:
‘With the art I excavated the theories of an elder ancient civilization which could give the origin to ancient Egypt. That’s why you can find a new ingredient in the band imagery, pointing at some higher obscure intelligence, eroding and covered with time. The pyramid-shaped seal in the centre doesn’t contain a recipe for some camel stew or a Pharaoh’s dining menu. An experienced eye will notice hieroglyphs taken from the ‘Book of the Dead’, or the Seven Islands of Amentet glyph – depicting the ancient Underworld, and describing the elder reign of God-kings, which had ended circa. 9850 B.C. (perhaps some similarity with that of Atlantis?). But the main thing we should not miss here is a winged scarab sign in the exact centre. We all know this most common Egyptian artifact giving protection… so the message is pretty clear… I hope it may become another fine element in band’s repository for the Nile themed tattoos. To sum it up: this album is definitely not a box of candies. Keep in mind that opening the package means you will deal with the deadliest essence… However, it will be a hard task to hold on to your curiosity. Well… it’s a new Nile!’
The band have also announced a mammoth European tour from August to September, alongside label mates Suffocation. The UK leg consists of four dates:
6th Sept – Plymouth, The Hub
7th Sept – Manchester, Sound Control
8th Sept – London, The Dome
9th Sept – Bristol, The Marble Factory
‘What Should Not Be Unearthed’ is available to pre-order now from Nuclear Blast.