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Black Seeds of Vengence

5 Sep 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Sep 2000
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2000 Relapse Records, Inc.
  • Total Length: 42:49
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  • ASIN: B001HUN8VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,074 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zebulebu on 17 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Words fail me. I've never been as impressed with a death metal album as I have been with this one. From blastbeats to slow, groove-oriented riffs and encompassing everything in between, this is an absolute monster of an album.
I've been impressed with Nile's other stuff in the past but nothing really prepared me for how out and out evil this sounds. Of course, this is precisely the sound that Nile should be aiming for (being a death metal band!), but what really sets them apart from much of their ilk is the lyrical content. There isn't an unhealthy fixation on satanism, no silly imagery and none of the cartoon gore-splattered lyrics so beloved of past death metal bands.
Instead, we get a lesson in archaeology, with much of Nile's lyrics about ancient Egypt and the pantheon of deities associated with that civilisation. Indeed, as well as the lyrics, the music is often eerily reminiscent of Egyptian melodies. There are gongs, tibetan horns, chants and Aeolian scale solos scattered all over this album, which is probably what makes it sound so fresh.
The musicianship on the album is outstanding. Apparently it took eight months to record - listening to it, you can see why! Time changes aplenty make it an effort to listen to straight through at first, but once you've gotten used to it, the album just seems to blow past in a furious aural assault. The vocals are gravel-throated in the extreme, but manage to not sound cheesy in the process, and the production is fantastic.
Standout tracks for me would be 'The Black Flame' - with a deathly slow intro reminiscent of very early Cathedral, followed by a tearing riff which gives way again to a slow, doomy passage filled with percussion that literally sounds like its been recorded in a tomb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 14 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Well... there aint much you can say about this sort of amazingness - ive had the album for a good 5 or 6 months now and i still cant get over it like.
I remember the first time i ever put it on (full volume- perhaps a little ambitious) i decided it was a masterpiece. once i'd peeled myself off the wall and turned it down to a listenable level tho- oh man did things go up! im sorry but, Defiling the gates of Ishtar? when that eerie as hell egyptian wailing deal cuts in and the song just collapses into the most violent piece of music ever conceived- i must admit there were tears in my eyes...
Every single song on this album is good man i implore you to buy it. if only for Masturbating the War God and, of course- Multitude of Foes, which has the most incredible dynamics.Its almost funky in a hideous egyptian-death-metal sort of vibe.
And you have to love the "pop song"- all deathmetal albums have one, and this is one of the best. the one called Nas Ankhu Khe something something (odd, granted, but a healthy fists-in-air number). its SOOO good. oh, and try putting on khetti satha shemsu in a room full of sleeping people who are into stuff like radiohead. its well funny (heh heh...) seriously tho- buy this album. pure gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2007
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nile are an american band obsessed,yes obsessed,with egyptian mytholgy in all shapes and forms,from their lyrics,to the sounds they incorporate and the art that they include in their albums.
They are a death metal band,first and foremost,but offer more than the head down and lets try and be the fastest and heaviest band in the world and then leave,no,nile are a technical death metal band,a band with complex riffs and melodies,a band that are masters of their craft,they are detailed in their execution,that much is for sure here.They can be epic even in a song thats doesnt even last three minutes which is some talent in itself.
Of the thirteen tracks here,you find a death metal album that blends in the sounds of egypt,imagine the soundtrack to the film 'the mummy' racing along with riffs that can knock your block off if you will,and there are various forms of singing styles but there isnt really a style to suit puddle of mud fans,thank the lord for that then.
This is an album that reveals its strengths pretty much from the first listen and is worthy of the praise it has afforded,death metal isnt really my thing but nile are the one band in that genre that suit me down to the ground and thats because they show that heavy works alongside other forms of music,take a wee chance on this hey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. P. Outram on 22 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
I don't really have a great deal to add, since those before me have covered pretty much all the angles on this amazing album, but here's my concise opinion.

I've been a death metal fan for over 10 years now, and in all the time spent acquiring cd's i've always been searching for 'the heaviest' record of all time. As a 17-year old i thought i'd found it with Cryptopsy's None So Vile and Kataklysm's Sorcery but i'm afraid they've just both been eclipsed by this gem. I'd always heard the name Nile and thought 'yeah, i'll check them out one day', but i eventually have and i'm so glad i did.

So, in essence this is the most punishing death metal i'm aware of, and in a way that doesn't just bombard you with noise a la Brodequin. It is intelligent, complex metal made by people who care about the subject matter and have such a deep understanding about Egyptology and how to blend that with extreme music. Is this the heaviest album ever? Not too sure but if the ear-shredding solo that rips in after about 80 seconds into 'Chapter for Transforming into a Snake' is anything to go by, then this has to be up there.
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