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Unrelenting Fury

This album is devastating, absolutely crushing. Just when you thought Nile would never top Annihilation, they have. Just when you thought Karl Sanders and Dallas Tollar-Wade could riff no faster, they have. And just when you thought George Kollias could blast his drum kit no harder he has. The song writing has also seen some improvement; there has been a return to the epic Middle Eastern influenced tracks of their previous albums. The musicianship is masterful, completely stunning. One complaint someone might have if they where new to Nile is the tendency for the tracks to run together and sound as one long track, but with repeated listens one can hear the intricacy's that make each track unique.


So, what's there to say about this new Nile album? To sum it up in one word is an unachievable task, or a terribly hard one. The reason it is so hard to sum up in one word is because just one word wouldn't have enough definition to cover the album. You could use awesome, but that's a bit vague. You could use brutal, but then you're leaving out the technicality of the instruments. Intelligent could be used, but then it feels like you're ignoring the sheer power and heaviness of the album. Even if you want to write a negative review, it's still hard to sum this album up in just one word. So, instead of using one vague and boring word, I'll sum this album up in a few paragraphs. The album as a whole is great. Technical guitar work, fast drums, and intense vocals. Nile again impresses me with their speed and precision. George Kollias does a great job, adding precise and aggressive beats into the songs. He takes the album to a whole other level. Dallas and Karl create mesmerizing riffs. Yes, they are fast and technical, but they are also well composed, and have an epic feel to them. The one downside to the instruments is that I feel like they're revisiting Annihilation of the Wicked. It's got a similar feel to it, and that Egyptian sounding acoustic piece is something that comes into play, yet again. Compared to other Nile albums, I'd have to say that this is their second best effort. In their Darkened Shrines being their best. Though they do sort of continue in the same vein as Annihilation, they surpass it. Kollias seems to be more comfortable with the guys and has unleashed his full potential. Also, some of the riffing on this album blows away many songs on Annihilation. Though, there are no songs on this album that are made up of 100% amazing riffs unlike Sacrifice Unto Sebek, which in my opinion has amazing riff after amazing riff. This album also has a very epic feel to it like In their Darkened Shrines, which, obviously, is a plus. Overall, it really is a great album. It's jacked up with brutal, yet intelligent songs. It's perfect for any Nile fan. It's got that Egyptian sound that we love, the familiar growls from Dallas and Karl. Kollias's skilled drumming. Technical guitar work. And slow, ethical passages. I give it a 90 only because they went in ythe same vein as Annihilation. It really is a piece of art. Go get it! And I love how the only 1 star review is from an A7X fan, which is a band that steals music and passes it off as their own.

The OTHER album of 2007(Behemoth's The Apostasy being the other)!

Nile has proven themselves yet again with the release of Ithyphallic, showing no signs of slowing down. Karl Sanders and Dallas Toler Wade's guitar playing/ vocals will leave fans in absolute awe, while George Kollias' drumming will amaze fans to a whole new level! This is the ONLY album that can match the neck-snapping onslaught of Behemoth's The Apostasy (released the same day)! Ithyphallic (and the apostasy) is an album that will grab you by the neck until the end and leave you BEGGING for more! A MUST have for metal fans!


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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