Friday, December 18, 2009

NILE- Those Whom The Gods Detest

There are some bands out there you know will not surprise you with a radical stylistic change. Nile is definitely one of them. They're a genre unto themselves, and please don't take this as a sign they are one-dimensional or boring, but the band continues to expand their musical soundscapes while remaining firmly in their realm of Egyptian-themed death metal. Those Whom The Gods Detest is jam packed with ferocious riffing, blast beats and the vibe their unique sound creates. Closing one's eyes, you are transported back in time to the Valley of the Kings, the tracks becoming more than mere songs but hymns to a forgotten past. From the relentless assault of "Permitting the Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld" to the ominous "Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence", featuring authentic Egyptian instruments and chanting, "Those..." never once takes it's foot off your throat. Nothing groundbreaking here, just one of the US's finest death metal acts with 10 tracks of complex, technical death with something more to offer the listener than tales of blood and gore. The Egyptian themes and top notch musicianship are why Nile continue to be one of the most popular death metal acts more than a decade since their emergence on the scene.

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