Annihilation of the Wicked
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'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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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.
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 clicks...wow! 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.
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.
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.