At the Gate of Sethu (Nuclear Blast)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Aug. 10, 2012
NileAt the Gate of Sethu (Nuclear Blast)
Free jazz cacophony and the high priest vocal variation of "The Fiends Who Come To Steal the Magick of the Deceased" slither out from under the Valley of the Kings monoliths on the South Carolina Egyptologists' tech-death hieroglyph, 2009's Those Whom the Gods Detest. Authenticated audio interlude "Slaves of Xul," and the cascading quarry of riffs crushing the nominal title track match head grave-robber Karl Sanders assuming a tortured postpunk vocal delivery akin to Paul Leary's "The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave." Heavy excavation hues: "Tribunal of the Dead."