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Annihilation of the Wicked marks the long-awaited return of one of extreme metal’s most revered bands and 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. On tour this Summer with Chimara2002’s In Their Darkened Shrines may have launched Nile into metal history for groundbreaking, synapse-snapping releases–and into the record-buying consciousness while crystallizing the unit’s long-building promise. Annihilation Of The Wicked is rife with epic riffs, crisp, intelligent arrangements and playing that’s masterfully focused. Simply put, it is a continuation of their campaign. Karl Sanders demonstrates once more that he is among the most accomplished death metal guitarists, possessing as he does not only acumen but an all-too-rare knack for creating the almighty death rock groove (best demonstrated on the title track, ”Lashed To The Slave Stick”). ”Cast Down The Heretic” is an instant genre classic. ––Jedd Beaudoin

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  • This album is absolutely wicked. Blistering, brutal, cataclysmic metal. If you like your metal extreme, straight from the burning pits of fire and brimstone that can be located in the deepest recesses of Hades then you will love this.

    In addition, the Ancient Egyption themed lyrics makes for a far more cerebral piece of work than your usual “I want to drop her hot steaming entrails onto her toes and make love to the newly formed orifice I have made in her stomach” kind of lyrics to be found in other trashy, necrophylia laced, vomit inducing death metal lyrics.

    Each song is inspired by an historical event that occurred during the reign of the Pharoahs. Reading the narrative of the events in the liner notes and then listening to the song and the lyrics these events inspired makes for a thoroughly immersive experience. The empathy for these ancient people that I could conjure while listening to this CD was an enlivening and exciting experience.

    What I also found entertaining from a guitarist’s and composer’s perspective is the liner notes providing insight into the creative process that occurred during the writing and recording of this album. Listening to these chops after reading these notes provided me with a much richer appreciation of what was unfolding musically as it assaulted my ears.

    All in all, this means that you get much more than just a typical musical experience, a holistic, immersive, historical, sonic experience. Thoroughly recommended.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on November 14, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • 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.

    Posted on November 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now