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.