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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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  • I am a huge fan of Otep i bought Sevas Tra and fell in love with the cd and i went to write my online review of it and say this site had there EP Jihad so i bought this cd and am in love with this cd also. Even though 4 out of 5 songs on this EP are on Sevas Tra i bought it anyways being a big fan of there’s and i have to say the songs on this EP are a little diffrent then the sounds on there full length album butt still kick major … They have another Guitar on this album so the beats to the songs are a little diffrent and Otep herself has a diffrent pitch and scream on this EP and i noticed there’s a couple not many lyrics changes on this and there full length album. I strongly recommend picking up this cd as well and there Sevas Tra album you won’t be disappointed.

    Posted on January 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • ya i herd otep in a demo cd call “calling all maniacs” when i bought a rob zombie cd call “the sinister urge”. the song i herd from otep “T.R.I.C.” when i herd it i had to lisen to it again. later on i desided to get jihad.then i love the song “the lord is my weapon”.sence i love this cd.

    Posted on January 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • if gwen stefani wasnt trying to be popular…than otep would be her :) real,poetic,skillful,what else do you want me to say? she has it all. now i know why so many people have been telling me to download this band. otep has skills that some rappers from the ghetto wish they had and she has emotion too which makes her even better.go buy this cd…I SAID GO!haha! :)

    Posted on January 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This band is amazing! Absolutely amazing! I heard OTEP when I first read the lineup for ozzfest, and I have been wearing out “Posession” ever since. I fell in love with the lyrics and mood of Otep as soon as the dark melody of their blasphemous tunes hit my ears, oh and by the way, this chick can scream! Whew! Anyone longing for a change, no, a revolution in today’s metal should shed their skin, and burn in the pit of Otep and her vision. Woe be unto the world… ;) “Your suffering will free you…” -OTEP

    Posted on January 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Being an old guy, I had never heard Otep before. However, a local newspaper reviewer had provided so many positive comments regarding Otep that I asked her to loan me some music from Otep, and Jihad was one of two that she gave to me.At first I was put off by the music. However, when you listen to music so far off from what you usually listen to, that is often the case. I listened to Jihad four or five times, and then read the lyrics. The principal thing that Otep Shamaya does that is different from other female singers is her growly, screamy singing. She reminds me somewhat of the “primal scream” technique that some metal groups liked to incorporate in their music back in the dark ages of metal. The growls and screams put me off a bit, because she does seem to rely on them a bit much. However, I read her lyrics, and listened and listened to give Otep the fairest review possible.Who is Otep most like? Not any single group. Her lyrics are dark like some early Black Sabbath, but much more graphic. The complexity of her lyrics is reminds me of groups like Spock’s Beard and some of The Moody Blues more challenging lyrics, though of course her lyrics are about the deeper, darker aspects of life. She throws in elements of rap, but she is not a rap singer. Neither would I really call her a gothic singer, because her lyrics and style do not really feel goth to me, they are too modern. So that leaves me without a real comparison.While Otep will not be on my list of favorite singers, because her current style is out of my usual range, I appreciate that she is creating to please herself, and not any particular person. The third cut on this album, “Germ”, is really interesting. For those of you have been around a few decades, you’ll recognize an updating of “Beat” of the 50s and some of the more experimental works of the 70s. In this piece, Otep interprets a poem with background sound effects to enhance the experience. I consider this composition perhaps the most challenging and effective of the entire CD. I also really like the growl and scream combination she gives the final word “me”, as she transitions to the “Fillthee”, the next song.The music surrounding Otep’s lyrics are solid, and while achieving a periodic complexity, at essence are relatively simple and pleasing. The unusual vocals are Otep’s signature on this CD. I’ll have to listen to more Otep CDs to determine whether that’s Otep’s normal style. However, it’s the lyrics that are the real winner for this CD. Otep brings in elements of mythology, theology, current affairs, politics, and relationships to create a witches’ brew of images and feelings. Music like this is not for the faint-hearted. If you are looking for something to challenge what you think music should be, can handle very dark, intense images, and the occasional expletive, this just may be the CD for you. Four stars for having her own artistic vision that has very real potential.

    Posted on January 10, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now