NILE
Technical Death Metal / Brutal Death Metal / Death Metal • United States

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Nile is a technical death metal band from USA. They formed in their hometown of Greenville, SC, in 1993, combine extreme speed and brutality of modern death metal with the ancient styling of Middle Eastern music.

With their self-proclaimed trademark of "Ithyphallic Metal", Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura(drums) debuted with their Festivals of Atonement album in 1995, leading Nile to a southwestern tour in support of other big metal acts such as Obituary, Deicide and Broken Hope.

Viscera Productions was responsible for Nile's follow-up EP "Ramses Bringer of War" in 1997 and was going to release their second album "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka", if they hadn't gone out of business later that year.

However, Relapse Records was more than happy to put it out in early 1998, giving Nile a wider distribution and a chance to hit the road with Incantation and Morbid
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.. Album Cover 3.84 | 27 ratings
Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Brutal Death Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.95 | 23 ratings
Black Seeds of Vengeance
Brutal Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.22 | 26 ratings
In Their Darkened Shrines
Technical Death Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 4.41 | 38 ratings
Annihilation of the Wicked
Technical Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.21 | 29 ratings
Ithyphallic
Technical Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.26 | 30 ratings
Those Whom the Gods Detest
Technical Death Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.79 | 17 ratings
At the Gate of Sethu
Technical Death Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 4.62 | 11 ratings
What Should Not be Unearthed
Technical Death Metal 2015

NILE EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Festivals of Atonement
Death Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Promo Sampler 2007
Technical Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nile / Vader
Technical Death Metal 2009

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.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nile
Death Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Ramses Bringer of War
Brutal Death Metal 1996

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.. Album Cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
In the Beginning
Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Legacy of the Catacombs
Technical Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pyramid Box
Technical Death Metal 2007

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4.50 | 1 ratings
Unas Slayer of the Gods
Technical Death Metal 2002
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Sarcophagus
Technical Death Metal 2003
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Execration Text
Technical Death Metal 2004
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Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is in the Water
Technical Death Metal 2007

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NILE Those Whom the Gods Detest

Album · 2009 · Technical Death Metal
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"Those Whom the Gods Detest" is the 6th full-length studio album by US death metal act Nile. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in November 2009. It´s the successor to "Ithyphallic" from 2007. "Those Whom the Gods Detest" is the third studio album in a row produced by Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Macabre...etc.) and sound production wise there are many similarities between the three albums (the drum production is handled by Eric Rutan on this one though). Neil Kernon seems to be the perfect producer to bring out the best in Nile´s rather complex, busy, and at times chaotic soundscape. The sound production on "Those Whom the Gods Detest" is powerful, brutal and professionally crafted. Raw yet clear. But not clean in a way that takes away power or brutality.

Stylistically the material on "Those Whom the Gods Detest" is brutal and technically well played death metal. There´s an epic atmosphere to the music and Nile as usual incorporate middle eastern scales/notes/themes in the music. The latter elements compliment the ancient Epypt lyrical themes perfectly and are some of the defining elements of the Nile sound. The 10 tracks on "Those Whom the Gods Detest" are all well composed, intriguing, and powerful enough to tilt an elephant. The tracks are also relatively varied and given some spins they begin to stand out from each other. That´s not necessarily an everyday thing when we´re talking brutal death metal artists and their releases but Nile are one of the few exceptions to the rule. They both play crushingly heavy parts, mid-paced death metal grooves, and insanely fast-paced blast beating. There´s nothing this band can´t do.

The vocals are deep brutal growling but they are actually intelligible to a certain extent, which is a major plus in my book. The commanding and aggressive fashion they delivered in, is not exactly a problem either. Lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade are occasionally complimented by guitarist Karl Sanders who delivers some additional (and more unintelligible) growling vocals. The riffs those two conjure up are brutal, razor sharp, and rather sophisticated for the genre but it´s the drumming by George Kollias that put the icing on the cake. The man is a phenomena. You can argue that he plays his two triggered bass drums a bit too much but it´s hard to argue that he doesn´t play them well. He has a way of making the music move forward in a powerful and aggressive fashion yet with a sophistication that puts him in a class of his own. In addition to his playing on the faster paced tracks it´s interesting to listen to his playing on the crushingly heavy and slow "4th Arra of Dagon" which perfectly showcases what he is also capable of when the pace is lowered.

Upon conclusion, Nile have with "Those Whom the Gods Detest" once again proven who are the kings of brutal technical death metal. Releasing several high quality death metal albums in a row is not something you´ll see many artists accomplice. They are one of the very few death metal acts that have a distinct sound and an overall concept that work wonders. Put on any Nile album and you would instantly be able to tell that it was Nile you were listening to. Now that is what seperates the leaders from the followers. Well crafted memorable compositions, excellent musicianship, and a powerful professional sound production. It´s hard to ask for much more than that. A 4.5 (90%) star rating is deserved.

NILE Those Whom the Gods Detest

Album · 2009 · Technical Death Metal
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At the beginning of my new journey into extreme metal, I recalled the band Nile being mentioned a few times on MMA and decided to check them out. This album became my first acquisition and I have decided it will be only the first of a few.

Nile are a band that stick with an ancient Egyptian theme, and I think for many bands, commencing their careers with such a theme can be exciting because of all the possibilities they imagine ahead. However, a few albums later and the theme can start to run a little thin. Knowing that this is the band's sixth album, I had to wonder what stage in their theme's evolution I was at. Had they begun with a very strong emphasis on the Egyptian theme and then eased back on it? Had they almost dropped it and were now bringing it back a little? Did they more or less maintain the Egyptian theme at the same level? Until I hear more albums I will not know for sure. But here are my impressions of "Those Whom the Gods Detest".

First off, the Egyptian theme is mostly in the artwork, the song titles, and the lyrics, though at times we can hear what sounds like ancient brass, shamic chanting, ancient stringed instruments and percussion, and voices chanting or wailing. I like how the band has included these as additional colour and tone without relying too heavily on them. They don't fill or lead the song but add atmosphere and interest.

As a brutal death metal band you can expect some furious drumming. I have been really impressed with drummer George Kollias because he not only has perfected all the standard death metal chops of double kick bass, blast beats, and speedy fills, but he actually uses the his drum fills to emphasis beats. Usually drum fills replace beats by filling the space with a flurry of snare and tom activity. But Kollias strikes the toms hitting each drum hard first before letting the sticks do their dance on the skins. Instead of a drum fill going brrrr, prrrat-ta-tat (sorry for the crude omomatopeaia), Kollias does a brr-brr-brrah-brrat-tarr-trr-brr kind of thing. Yes, they way I write it sounds silly and there's probably a percussion speak term that describes it. Anyway, I enjoy listening to his drum tricks.

The guitar parts of the music are an interesting pallette of breakneck speedy riffs, mid-tempo crushing riffs, and slow, ponderous riffs that are so slow and heavy they are like the feet of a ressurected mummy dragging across the limestone slabs. Way back in the early days of thrash metal, it was common for guitarists to tremolo pick chords at high speeds while drummers had to stick with just fairly fast beats. These days, drumming techniques can allow drummers to play beats faster than the guitarists can keep up. So here we have some songs with mid-tempo riffs and high-speed percussion. I think Nile marry this combination with great skill here.

The vocals are really awesome. We have the tough, ragged throat brutal vocals, and deeper death growls, and also a share of the deep, gutteral, toilet-bowl-gurgling vocals. Some extreme bands vocalize everything in this deep rumble and the lyrics are completely incomprehensible. Nile use this method of vocalizing for effect and drop it in mid-sentence so that it's possible to still follow the lyrics if you listen carefully. I think it really works!

Last, the production quality is super sharp which is necessary for an album like this to succeed sonically. With all the percussive effects, the additional voices and so on, it's a real treat to hear them enhance the mood and music. The track called "Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual in the Abandoned Towers of Silence" has these fabulous slapping percussive instruments, deep growls like from a beast the size of Jabba the Hutt, swishing sounds, chanting, wailing, clinking, and an ancient stringed instrument. It's like listening to a scene from an Egyptian horror movie in THX in the movie theater.

For my first Nile album, "Those Whom the Gods Detest" has made a considerable impression. Before the summer is over I will be sure to add at least one more album to my collection and for sure a third before the year is out.

NILE Ramses Bringer of War

Demo · 1996 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Ramses Bringer of War" is an demo (later reissued as an EP) release by US death metal act Nile. The demo as originally released through Anubis Records in November 1996 and later reissued on EP through Visceral Productions in 1997. The three tracks on the 10:01 minutes long demo/EP would later appear on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)". "Ramses Bringer of War" is based on the classical piece "Mars: Bringer Of War" from Holst's "The Planets".

The music on the demo/EP is technically well played and brutal death metal with ancient Egypt/middle eastern lyrical themes. There is a clear direction in everything Nile have ever released and already this early on the concept was crystal clear. "The Howling of the Jinn" is a short and fast played death metal track. A brutal assault on the ears, while the title track is a bit more varied and epic. The keyboards on that track don´t sound that great though. They sound a bit artificial and cheap. The ambient "Die Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche" closes the EP. It´s relatively short and atmospheric. On a longer album it might serve a purpose as atmosphere builder or a breather between brutal death metal tracks, but here it feels a bit like a waste of time on an already very short EP release.

While it´s not a perfect release (the sound production and especially the drum production could have been better) "Ramses Bringer of War" is still a worthy purchase that shows a clear development in the band´s sound and give a hint of where that sound is going. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NILE Ithyphallic

Album · 2007 · Technical Death Metal
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"Ithyphallic" is the 5th full-length studio album by US death metal act Nile. The band changed label from Relapse Records to Nuclear Blast Records before the release of "Ithyphallic", so this is the band´s first release on Nuclear Blast Records. "Ithyphallic" was released in July 2007. It´s the successor to "Annihilation of the Wicked" from 2005 and features the same core trio lineup as the predecessor: Karl Sanders (vocals, guitar), Dallas Toler-Wade (bass, guitar, vocals), and George Kollias (drums).

The material on the 10 track, 49:51 minutes long album pretty much continue down the same brutal technical death metal style of "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)". "Ithyphallic" is a bit more direct and not quite as epic as "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)" though which will probably bring joy to some and disappoint others. The 10:01 minutes long closing track "Even the Gods Must Die" is quite the epic track though and "Ithyphallic" is in no way a raw and simple death metal release. Compared to other similar releases this is still quite epic music. The lyrical themes are as usual about ancient Egypt/occultism and we´re presented with exotic song titles like "Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is in the Water" and "Laying Fire Upon Apep". The relatively intelligible growling vocals by Dallas Toler-Wade are a great asset to the band´s music. They are placed higher in the mix than the case was on "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)" and they are generally very effective. Brutal, aggressive, and rhythmically powerfully delivered. Karl Sanders as always performs unintelligible growling vocals to compliment Toler-Wade´s commanding performance.

The musicianship featured on the album is astonishing to say the least. Drummer George Kollias high energy precision playing is beyond impressive. He plays things on this album that shouldn´t be possible. But don´t fear that he sounds like a machine. He is one of those rare technical death metal drummers who are able to put a human touch to his precision playing. A unique force, who is able to provide the band´s music with the right amount of extreme intensity. The rest of the band are of course also very well playing and one technical yet brutal and catchy guitar riff are performed after another.

While I wrote above that "Ithyphallic" isn´t as epic as it´s predecessor, the album is still very atmospheric and quite epic at times, which is one of the great assets of this album. To apply atmosphere to brutal music like this is no easy task. The fact that Nile change pace often during their tracks also helps bring great variation to the music. Just as the case was on "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)" the tracks can be told apart after a few listens. It´s not an easily accessible release, but it´s a rewarding listen given the right amount of time and spins. So while I may not be able to hum along to the tracks, they still feature rhythmic hooks and recognisable moments, which provide the material with a rare death metal catchiness.

Producer Neil Kernon has been brought in again and he has created a brutal yet detailed and very powerful sounding release. "Ithyphallic" features the perfect sound to match the intensity and brutality of the material, but still with a detail level which suits the epic nature of the material too. Upon conclusion "Ithyphallic" is yet another high quality death metal album by Nile and it´s hard not to be impressed by what the band has conjured up this time. I´m not sure if I think "Ithyphallic" is quite as interesting conceptually as "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)", which was an album with a really excellent flow, but it´s definitely up there with "Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)" and fully deserves a 4.5 star (90%) rating.

NILE Annihilation of the Wicked

Album · 2005 · Technical Death Metal
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"Annihilation of the Wicked" is the 4th full-length studio album by US death metal act Nile. The album was released through Relapse Records in May 2005. It´s the successor to "In Their Darkened Shrines" from 2002 and features two lineup changes since the predecessor as drummer Tony Laureano has left the fold to be replaced by Greek drummer George Kollias. Kollias are known for his work with artists like Sickening Horror, Nightfall and Cerebrum among others. Jon Vesano who did some session vocals on "In Their Darkened Shrines (2002)" has become a permanent member, and in addition to performing vocals, he also plays the bass on "Annihilation of the Wicked".

The music on "Annihilation of the Wicked" is unmistakably the sound of Nile. Varied, brutal, and technically well played death metal featuring lyrics primarely revolving around ancient Egypt (there are other lyrical subjects on the album too like H.P. Lovecraft). There are some ethnic middle eastern musical themes/notes popping up from time to time in the music, but the predominant musical style is brutal technical death metal. Nile are quite a bit more sophisticated than your average brutal technical death metal act though and the song structures are rather complex and the band successfully incorporate epic atmospheres to their music too without sacrificing brutality in the process, and that´s no easy feat. Nile are not the type of act who take prisoners, so expect relentless brutality but just delivered in a clever and adventurous fashion.

The vocals vary between deep unintelligible growling and Dallas Toler-Wade´s more aggressive and intelligible brutal growls. The lyrics about ancient Egypt are of course a trademark of the band´s sound, and on this album lyricist Karl Sanders writes explanations to each song in the booklet, which at times feels like being at a history lesson again, but with a really great and inspiring history teacher, who knows how to tell some interesting historical details.

"Annihilation of the Wicked" is a relatively varied release for the genre in the respect that all tracks are memorable and recognisable after some spins. Not necessarily upon initial listens though, because this is not easily accessible music by any means, but given a bit of time and effort, it´s an album which will open up to the patient listener and reveal its many adventurous ideas and brilliant compositional details. You´ll get relentless and fierce blasting tracks like "The Burning Pits of the Duat" and "Cast Down the Heretic", but also more epic tracks like the title track, "User-Maat-Re", and of course the closing and almost 10 minutes long "Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten". I´ll give a special mention to "Lashed to the Slave Stick" too. It´s such a catchy and brutal death metal track. It´s one of those rare death metal tracks which sucks you in, chews you, and spit you out with a feeling of revelation.

The sound production which is handled by Neil Kernon is brutal and thankfully not too clean. The drums are triggered but not too much, which means that you´re still able to hear that it´s a human being playing and not a programmed computer drummer. Personally I could have wished for the vocals to be placed slightly higher in the mix and for the guitar tone to be slightly cleaner, but that´s minor details and an aquired taste, and overall the sound production suits the music perfectly.

The musicianship on the album is on a high level on all posts. New drummer George Kollias is positively on fire. His foot work is astonishing to say the least. He has got to be one of the fastest and most precise drummers out there yet he has the right organic touch to keep his playing from sounding too sterile. The musicianship is overall excellent on the album and in addition to the ultra fast and precise drumming you´re treated to fast and adventurous guitar riffs, and the above mentioned vocals, which provide the music with the right occult atmosphere.

Upon conclusion "Annihilation of the Wicked" definitely isn´t an easy listening experience and for most listeners it´s bound to take several spins before opening up to them. The fierce intensity of the music, the density and rawness of the sound production, and the unconventional song structures will probably keep most listeners on their feet and generally pose quite the challenge. When that is said the inaccessibility of the music is also its strength, because this is an album you never really get tired of listening to, because there are always new details to discover. At the same time it never becomes to academic and there are tons of old school death metal authenticity featured on the album, so it´s overall a good combination of elements. Nile are widely considered one of the leaders on the death metal scene and they certainly deserve the praise they get just on the grounds of the high quality of this album. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

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666sharon666 wrote:
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On the first two albums I think they were still finding their sound and I couldn't get into At the Gate of Sethu, but between 2002 - 2009 they were probably the most consistent death metal act on the planet. Four 5 star releases in a row IMO.

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