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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.

Customer Reviews

Yay! The Liner Notes Are Back!

Although it may take a few spins for Nile's new album "Those Whom The Gods Detest" to grow on you, it'll get you! Although a fan since "...Nephren Ka" and every album since, the previous effort "Ithyphallic" (while not a *bad* album) left me a little flat. But "Those Whom The Gods Detest" is Nile doing what Nile does best: pushing the envelope.

While it might be Nile's most progressive album so far (bringing back a lot of the ambience and old-world instruments of the first three albums), fear not. As evidenced by opening salvo 'Kafir!', 'Hittie Dung Ritual' and 'Permitting The Noble Dead...', the brutality is very much in tact.

'4th Arra Of Dagon' and 'Iskander D'hul Karnon' make great use of the slow, doomy riffs to evoke atmosphere while 'Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual...' showcases a creepy, Iranian-inspired ambient instrumental interlude. In a word, it's quintessential (and absolutley essential) Nile.

And oh yes, the liner notes (sorely missing from "Ithyphallic") are back!

Best Album

This is Niles best album i would highly recommend buying this, good way to get into the band also


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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