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  • Audio CD (May 24 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00084RLSW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount
2. Cast Down The Heretic
3. Sacrafice Unto Sebek
4. User-Maat-Re
5. The Burning Pits Of The Duat
6. Chapter Of The Obeisance Before Giving Breath To The Inert One
7. Lashed To The Slave Stick
8. Spawn Of Uamenti
9. Annihilation Of The Wicked
10. Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten

Product Description

'Annihilation of the Wicked' teems with the blasting extremity and epic arrangements that have become Nile trademarks. Swarming guitars unleash razor sharp hooks, relentless drum blasts push human limits of endurance, and vicious vocals deliver strike after strike in a more concise, precise and balanced attack than ever before. Relapse. 2005.

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Format: Audio CD
Annihilation of the Wicked is absolutely incredible. Their best work yet, and they were already pretty darned excellent! Truly a masterpiece of death metal with a spooky ancient Egyptian vibe. Don't forget to read the liner notes to better understand what Karl Sanders' lyrics are about. This guy seems to know a LOT about ancient Egypt! This is, in my opinion, the best death metal album of 2005. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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Format: Audio CD
This is another solid album from Nile that actually gets better towards the end. While it's not as good as "Black Seeds of Vengeance" the intro riff to the song "Annihilation of the Wicked" peels the skin off my face.
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Excellent album de la première note à la dernière. Tout est parfait, vitesse, technique, originalité... sans doute un des meilleurs albums de death metal de tout les temps!!! Lashed to the slave stick... hallucinant!
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Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked (Vinyl) - I have been wanting this on vinyl for a while, its a great pressing, really happy with it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0be4120) out of 5 stars Annihilation Of The Wicked Nov. 8 2005
By Rebecca Lyle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I must first admit the fact that I was not impressed the first time I heard this album. I gave it a little time and patience and boy am I glad that I did! This album grew on me like no other. It's very clear to see upon your first listen that this is brutal, relentless death metal at it's finest. The vocals are a force to be reckoned with, the drums and guitars are all top knotch. Not only is the musicianship great, but they make the music interesting by incorporating the Ancient Egyptian theme. Many ancient instruments are played throughout the album to give it a very fresh feel. So why was this so hard for me to get into? Well, I think the main reason is that, to the untrained ear, this may sound a little monotomous. All I can say is give it time and listen closely, you'll be able to decipher the genius that this album holds. The lyrics are good and reflect upon different Egyptian events that took place in history. You can read all about them in the booklet of the album. Each song has a story to tell. That is a great and intricate bonus. With all of this said, pick this up, give it several spins and enjoy.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0be499c) out of 5 stars Better than I expected May 24 2005
By Richard W. Todd - Published on
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While I thought 'in their darkened shrines' was a good cd, I was beginning to think Nile was running out of ideas. 'Annihilation of the Wicked' proved me wrong! It's definitely still Nile, with winding, complex riffs and long patches of non-stop blasting on the drums. Still got the 9 minute songs with names too long to repeat here.

But, I think the two things emphasized on this disc more than before are: much more rhythmic variety in the riffs, and more parts with two or more simultaneous guitar lines. Both of these make Annihilation sound fresh, and not a rehash of the older material. And it works well, because changing their melodic style would detract from the egyptian theme they still use.

Also, I was pleased to see extensive research behind the song material described in the liner notes. This time you not only get the egyptology stuff, but also some anecdotes about the songwriting process, in places. Nile has done this since Black Seeds of Vengeance, and it's always been a nice bonus when you buy one of their discs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0dbb438) out of 5 stars Hail The Dark Gods Of Egyptian Death Dec 11 2006
By Joel Israel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Nile a couple of years ago, when browsing in a local record store. I had grown up listening to metal and being interested in ancient history, and one of the first bands which I found compelling was Iron Maiden, because of their intelligence and the historical themes found in the lyrics, combined with the heavy guitars and screaming vocals. I remember when IM's "Powerslave" came out, and I was just amazed at how cool the cover art was, and how interesting ancient Egypt could be in a metal album context. Then comes Nile, twenty years later, with the logical culmination of that concept, which could have been an unconvincing failure in the hands of a less capable band-but succeeds far beyond my expectations.

Nile, headed by frontman Karl Sanders, is an historically-themed death metal band, who are not only unbelievably heavy and intense, but also intelligent, well-researched, and articulate. The overall packaging and art design is also extremely well-done; making the booklet accompanying the album a feast on the eyes. Lurid, colorful and evocative artwork and copious historical notes and references accompany each song's lyrics, making this an engaging and informative experience....seriously, Karl Sanders could have been an egyptologist in another life. I look forward to reading the liner notes of a new Nile release almost as much as the music.

And what of the music? Well, I am no neophyte to death metal, but Nile are so fast and intense at times that even I was taken aback at first. Nile albums are really conceptual pieces that require you to engage them and listen to the album all the way through, and when it finally! Nile albums are full of technical, super heavy and dark death metal songs interspersed with moody, serene tracks performed on ancient Egyptian instruments and layered with eerie sound effects. The drums, in particular, are simply amazing, and the guitar is alternately a whirling tornado of machine-gun speed or a slow, ponderous din of dirge-like minor riffing that simply crushes. They really draw you in to a dark, ancient world of vengeful gods and exotic ritual mysticism. It's quite an experience.

I simply cannot recommend Nile enough to any fan of heavy, intelligent and original music. I own all of their albums, and they are all good, but this latest release is probably the best place to start....I look forward to a new Nile release in '07.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0badd68) out of 5 stars Crushing, Brutal, Atmospheric and Fast June 19 2005
By Mono-Grind - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Relapse is home to some truly great and innovative bands such as Neurosis, Dillinger Escape Plan, Today is the Day, and of course Nile. This is my first encounter with Nile, the first CD i've bought of theirs. And i can tell you that it won't be my last. Absolutely crushing Death Metal at it's best is one way to describe Nile. But another way to describe them is to say that for most of the Death Metal bands out there, they are possibly one of the most interesting. Filled with lyrics that speak about all sorts of Egyptian culture, launching into hyper-fast drum rhythms and riffs which at times slow down to brutal headbanging riffs, vocals that put some other Death Metal vocalists to shame and of course some awesome solos as well..Nile aren't just another 'typical' Death Metal band at all. In fact, they're quite different and very awesome.

The first track on this CD i expected to be an immediate blast of mega-fast drumbeats and shredding riffs..but no. It's actually a 51 second Instrumental that gives you the feel of what Nile's lyrical content is about. The track is pretty dark and ambient which then leads into, "Cast Down The Heretic", which explodes onto your speakers. Starting at mega-fast speed, at about the halfway mark a great seemingly neverending solo begins, taking you on a pure Death Metal journey. "Cast Down The Heretic" is a great opener, giving you an idea of what you're in for while still being unpredictable in it's own way.

Such songs on this great album as "User-Maat-Re", the brutally awesome "Annihilation of the Wicked" and the final track "Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten", all go above the 8 minute mark. Adding to all the intensity in Nile's music is all of the excellent solos they incorporate into their songs. Some of the solos are just classic, and at times are played at mega-speed which just goes to show how talented Nile are. Providing heavy riffs on top of hyper-fast drumming, all the while producing some very memorable melodies that you'll want to come back and listen to time and time again. This CD probably won't leave your CD Player for at least a week, it's that good. Also, this CD has some great art-work, and the lyrics are extremely long and pretty interesting for anyone interested in reading them.

Overall, as i've said..this a brutal CD from start to finish. Although at times it dips into the Instrumental and even atmospheric, it always launches back into the trademark sound of crushing brutality that just leaves you in awe. My personal favorite song on here is "Annihilation of the Wicked", but really every song is great. This is obviously recommended to all Nile fans, new or old, and also to Suffocation, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Vader fans as well. I think all fans of Death Metal will enjoy this release just as much as i have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0bade10) out of 5 stars Great,but doesn't top shrines June 29 2005
By Tom Mesocyclone - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Nile goes with a more brutal songwriting approach this time around with AOTW.There isn't as much egyption influence this time,but I consider that a good thing.Most of the songs are fast and technical as hell,bludgening the listener into a state of euphoria and your parents and other loved ones into a state of nausia.

Their new drummer george is absolutely amazing.I didn't think it was possible,but George's performance here is even more intense than Tony's on In their darkened shrines...if you can believe that.The only problem is that the mix is so guitar heavy that it's hard to really hear what he's doing sometimes.Karl and Dallas spend most of the time shredding you into oblivian or hitting you with riffs that weigh 3 tons,which rules..but it also makes this album less memorable as the last record.I think that was kinda the point though,as this is Nile's most brutal and chaotic album.

Overal,this is an excellent release.Extremely brutal and precise with great songwriting.Let's face it..If they ever topped In their Darkened Shrines this probably would have been one of the greatest metal releases ever.Don't worry kids,Nile Still rules.

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