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Ithyphallic

20 July 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 20 July 2007
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: 2007 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 49:47
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  • ASIN: B001N0JQJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,943 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hedon on 1 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ah, another year, another Nile album. You may be expecting more Egyptian themed technical brutality, ridiculous drumming and enough guitar riffs to fill a sarcophagus... and you'd be right

Like the other reviewers have mentioned, Nile aren't really looking to reinvent themselves on Ithyphallic, and it features all the trademark elements that have earned them one of the top spots in the Death Metal universe. and if it ain't broke, why fix it? but saying that Ithyphallic is exactly the same as every other Nile release would not be doing the band justice.

For starters, the most obvious change is that the band have opted, for the first time in history, to go with a slightly more polished and cleaner sounding production. I'm not sure if i like this or not, but it certainly makes it sound a little different, and as such the album is less of an endurance test then precious outings, but also looses some of its punch. Secondly, the band have gone for a slightly more simple vocal arrangment with only really one vocalist (Dallas) doing most of the work, and i kinda liked it. Along with that, although the album is still very technical, there seems to be less of a concentraion on jamming as many riffs and notes into ever song trice over, and a bit more focus on texture and grooves. As such, while the album didn't exactly wow me like Annihilation did, i found the songs slightly more memorable and having stronger melodies, giving the album a bit of a longer life span to me. Yeah, i guess i thought that the songs had more character and strangly, although this is not my favourite Nile cd, this is the one i listen to most and the one i find easiest to sit through from start to finish.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Anyone looking for Nile to break new ground here will be sorely dissapointed, as the bands 5th album stays true to their formula of highly technical brutal death metal and Lovecraftian and Ancient Eygtian lyrical themes. To that extent one can argue that if you've heard one Nile album you've heard them all, but with such a blistering display of brutal riffing as displayed on 'Ithyphallic' all but the most jaded Nile fans should be in death metal heaven. Yes - it's the same old stuff, but when it sounds this good - who cares?

'Ithyphallic' is possibly slightly more direct than some previous offerings from the band, with less time faffing around with atmospheric Egyptian intros (probably a result of Karl Sanders scratching this creative itch with his own solo album) and more getting straight down to the headsnapping riffage. My personal favourite here is 'The Essential Salts' - a tune that starts at warp-speeds and still manages to build to an even more ferocious creshendo, but there really isn't a weak track to be found - and as a whole I'd rank this along with 'Nephren-Ka' and 'Annihilation of the Wicked' as one of the bands best records.

NB - There are a couple of limited versions of this album - the digipack version contains intrumental versions of two tracks, while there is an even more limited version housed in a pointless but gorgous pyramid display box.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. SCM Bell VINE VOICE on 30 July 2007
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Having got into Nile at the time of the release of Annihilation of the Wicked and then moved backward to In Their Darkened Shrines I was awaiting the release of Ithyphallic with not inconsiderable excitement. Nile, like Opeth exist as the cream of the crop of modern extreme metal. They are the genres renaissance men, pushing the boundaries of musicianship and blurring the frontiers of genres.

Nile's development, if not as musicians, as songwriters and arrangers has been an impressive one. While undoubtedly awe-inspiring I found In Their Darkened Shrines to be almost too complex in places. In other places it became a little too textural and meandering. With Annihilation of the Wicked they hit it just perfectly. There were the North African sounding sections, technical mastery and speed in spades. But added to those factors there was a distinct songwriting sensibility that was absent on the previous release. Lashed to the Slave Stick and Cast Down the Heretic being the finest examples of this. With Ithyphallic, Nile have attempted to sidestep the very same problem that Carcass faced more than a decade ago: When your lyrics and music have become as technical and challenging as possible, where do you go next?

Nile's first solution appears to be to rely less on the blistering 250+BPM speed workouts that peppered the previous two albums. There are more traditional chord progressions and more mid-tempo grind. Secondly Sanders appears to have taken a less wordy and complex line with the lyrics. Indeed this is no bad thing. The use of repeated refrains in As He Creates, So He Destroys work brilliantly, realising a potential that was hinted at but never reached in songs like The Blessed Dead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 29 July 2007
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I've been into Nile for quite a while now but this is the first album I actually bought but listening to it just makes me want to buy their earlier works now. Fans of Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and Behemoth will worship this disc of death metal paradise. If you're into metal of any kind don't be a fool and hesitate to buy this album, you're bound to find something awesome about this release whether it's the insane guitar solos, gutteral vocals, amazingly fast drumming or the egyptian style lyrics. Simply amazing! Bloody brutal!
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