Nile in full swing….The thing I love about this group is the fact that their albums have no major song, each album is a unique effort which can be listened to start to finish and enjoy every minute of it. Ithyphallic is none different. In Their Darkened Shrines and Annihilation of the Wicked were my favorite Nile albums, but after lettin this rip several times we may have a new leader in the club house. This album doesn’t let up and is relentless. In addition there is the added bonus of actually being able to make out some of the words growled by Sanders and company. Overall this album is sure to please any Death metal fan, and if you are a new found metal fan you will surely respect the level of complexity and uniqueness this group exhibits with each album they put out. Fantastic….Get it.
Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), NILE wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern Death Metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, NILE unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders’ interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies. With ”Ithyphallic”, the highly acclaimed US Death Metal outfit has created the most technical and extreme album of all time! Blending their well-known styles of complexe riffing, violent blasts, mean growls from the vault, razor sharp hooks and Egyptian-influenced craftsmanship, NILE and producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, NEVERMORE) reinvented themselves with an even tighter and more intense atmosphere than ever before. Songs like the thrilling ’Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water’ (which will be featured with a video clip as well), the devastating ’As He Creates So He Destoys’ or the haunting ’Language Of The Shadows’ outline NILE’s supremacy within the present Death Metal scene and prove to be some of the best extreme Metal songs ever been written.
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Clearly with this release Nile have yet raised the bar again in the genre of Death Metal.
When I first picked this album up it did take a few listens through to really absorb all that’s going on in the songs and to get a feel for the album.
The production is great as you can clearly hear the drums and the dual guitar work going on. I think the vocals are also a bit more clearer than they have been on previous albums.
The technical guitar work and drumming is rather astounding and is performed in top form. Fret-less guitars are used on a few tracks which sounds truly amazing and different.
I highly recommend this to any fan of Nile or any fan of brutal Death Metal. Hands down something you don’t want to miss out on!
For Nile, 2007 brought a new year, new record label (Nuclear Blast), and a new album! (picking up Nile is the smartest thing Nuclear Blast has done since signing Death nearly a decade ago). This is a monster of a cd. Tech Death masterpiece, you might say. The best tech death album since Cryptopsy’s ‘Once Was Not’ back in 05′. Karl and Dallas (guitars) are at their best here. Still unbelievable. George Kollias…where do I start with this guy…inhuman would describe it. His performance here solidifies him as one of the most impressive (and fastest) drummers i’ve ever heard. This is definetly Nile’s best album to date. Best production, songs, and artwork. Must listen for metalheads.
an easy 5/5
As he creates, so he destroys…..
awesome. every newer nile release just makes me DROOL. i loved “annihilation of the wicked”, but “ithyphallic” just TURNS ME ON (no, not in a fetish/homosexual way, but in a musical way).
“what may be safely written” opens up the cd with brutal, blisteringly fast riffs after a nice little overture in the beginning of the song.
the next three tracks continue the sheer insanity of the intricately written guitar parts, speedily precise drumming, and growled vocals. each one sounds different and more memorable than the last.
“eat of the dead” and “the inifinity of stone” slow it down and give you a breather, but not for long! because in between each song and after them, there are MORE AWESOME SONGS with the same great material that somehow fails to get boring each time i listen to it.
i loved nile the first time i heard them in 2006, but ithyphallic doesn’t disappoint; it just adds more to nile’s spot in “awesome death metal bands.”
Nile may very well be one of the most technically proficient bands in death metal. In addition, they have managed to grace the metal world with some masterpiece albums, most notably are “In Their Darkened Shrines” and “Black Seeds of Vengence.”
“Ithyphallic” is a solid death metal release and a good Nile album in general. However, it offers nothing new that the listener hasn’t already heard on any of Nile’s prior releases.
The positives. Once again, Nile manages to impress the listener with their talents as musicians. As mentioned early, each of the members approach a level of musicianship to which the label of “virtuoso” is appropriate. In addition, there are some pretty good songs on “Ithyphallic,” most notable being the opening track “What can be Safely Written.” Perhaps the best quality of the album is its production. One of the flaws of “Annilation of the Wicked” was the fact that the drums and (at times) vocals faded into the background as they were drowned out by the guitars. However, this is not the case on “Ithyphallic” as all of the instruments are fairly discernable.
The negatives. Well, “Ithyphallic” fails to offer anything new within Nile’s music, other than another addition onto an impressive discography. Basically, it sounds like so many of Nile’s prior releases. In and of itself, this is not a bad thing, but it gives the appearance that Nile may be becoming stagnant in their creativity and running out of ideas. As with most Nile releases, I feel that there are portions of the album which are slow and manage to drag out entirely too long, which make those portions of the album boring and uninteresting to listen too. Though fans of Nile are accustomed to this, and may enjoy the prolonged ambiant elements that add to the atmospheric nature of their albums, I find it to be tedious.
All in all, “Ithyphallic” is a pretty good album; however, it is not a masterpiece. I can recommend this album to fans of Nile, and I can definitely recommend it to fans of death metal who may be unfamiliar with Nile. Despite the fact that I do like “Ithyphallic”, I was not blown away by the release.