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Album Review

It's hard to not be impressed by the sheer sonic onslaught that is otherwise known as Nile. Except to the most hardened death metal fanatic, the genre has a way of sounding the same after a while, but Nile is one of the few exceptions — able to put their own unmistakable fingerprints on this heavy duty style (Egyptian-influenced lyrics and musical bits, highly impressive instrumental dexterity, etc.). And on their sixth studio effort overall, 2009's Those Whom the Gods Detest, Nile has once again proven that they are a step ahead of the rest of the pack. Although some of the sonic depth has to be attributed to producer Neil Kernon (after all, he worked with such sticklers for audio perfection as Queensrÿche in the past), it's the true metallic fury that Nile create themselves that makes it all extremely impressive. Case in point, such delicious death metal ditties as "Kafir!," while on selections such as the title track and what's sure to be top metal song title of 2009, "Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual in the Abandoned Towers of Silence," Karl Sanders shows why he is considered by many to be the finest guitarist of the extreme metal genre (both songs incorporate Sanders' love of all things Middle Eastern). "Exotic" and "heavy metal" are not often terms used together, but in the case of Those Whom the Gods Detest, they go together as splendidly as peanut butter and jelly.

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This album is epic from start to finish. The highlights are Kafir, Utterances of the Crawling Dead, 4th Arra of Dagon, Permitting the Noble Dead to Descent into the Underworld, and Iskander d'ul Karnon. They are fast, heavy and brutal.

If you don't already know what to expect with Nile, the lyrical themes are ancient Egyptian mythology, religion, war and mysticism; the guitars are technical and crunchy; and the drumming is insanely fast.

Nile have outdone themselves again, demonstrating musical mastery with impressive instrumental creativity and execution. Dallas' vocals are somewhat more pronounced than usual, and Kollias' inhuman drumming sets the album apart from others.

If it's hard-hitting death metal you're looking for, look no further - Those Whom the Gods Detest is a masterpiece. This is not for emos and this is not for MTV.


Formed: 1993 in Greenville, SC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining the extreme speed and nihilism of modern death metal with the ancient styling of Middle Eastern music, Nile formed in their hometown of Greenville, SC, in 1993. 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...
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