- Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Nuclear Blast
- ASIN: B002NVTBL8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Those Whom The Gods Detest (limited digipack) CD
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I have had this (rather shamefully) since it leaked online a while ago and I have listened to it relentlessly since then. I was initially quite skeptical as I was rather let down by the last album 'Ithyphalic' which had a horrible production and a lack of memorable songs. I was one of the growing legion who seemed to think that Nile had ran out of steam, bands like Origin were coming along with the brilliant 'Antithesis'and pushing the envelope and it seemed Nile were to be left behind.
So it was with astonishment that my ears greeted this new rejuvenated Nile, more taut and tight, better songs and a palpable sense of hunger and urgency.
The first thing I noticed was the vast improvement in production, this is perfect, crisp and epic with every instrument audible and finding its appropriate place in the mix. Secondly, the songs! These are some of the best tracks Nile have ever conceived; the opening riff on 'Kafir!' is a total blast, so intricate but so pummeling. The same can be said of 'Utterances of the crawling dead' which almost reminds me of the groove of Gojira. Its not all 100mph though, there are also moments of loping Doom or Sludge to be found in here and pleasingly loose and ponderous passages of various instrumentation.
I disagree too with the constant assertion that the Egyptian theme is merely a gimmick, it has now penetrated deeply into the fibre of the band and is a seamless part of their sound and atmosphere...though they are of course a Death Metal band, they are always evocative of the ancient and the Eastern.Read more ›
If anything, Nile here seem to have raised their already gargantuan level- the playing is remorselessly precise and inventive, the guitar solos have never been more inspired or suit the music better- and the drumming!!!!! it goes without saying that courtesy of George Kollias - it is the best ever.
The riffs are also remorselessly catchy and even singable, with many huge hook choruses too - and the production is a new level of diamond hard clarity too.... if you are a fan of the genre, and i am obsessed by it, you are lost without this cd, and with it, you will send praise to the cosmos daily for it.. and no, im not exaggerating.
Do you like Dung?
Do you like KFC?
Do you like Dagons?
Do you like Sea Ghuls?
Do you like Kafirs?
If so then this could be for you!
Mt wife detests this so that has to be good doesn't it?
Once again Colonel Sanders doesn't chicken out of making a refreshingly humorous album of Egyptian based lunacy.
Lightning fast guitars? Check.
The most infernally fast Blast Beats? Check (It's like woodpeckers on speed!)
Bonkers Vocals? Check
Cod Middle Eastern bits? Check
Funny song titles? Check.
And they say humour doesn't belong in music!
If this doesn't make you smile then you've had your brain pulled out of your nose, your internal organs put in jars, been dried out in salt, wrapped in bandages and been generally like dead in a pyramid for the last 4,500 years.
BUY! And get a copy for your mummy too.
It always amazes me how these guys manage to make everything sound Egyptian - you'd think they'd exhaust the supply of riffs at some point, right? But no, album after album evokes the ancient pyramid builders and this is no different. The guitars and drums are obviously at the forefront of the mix, as you'd expect in a death metal album, but the chanted background vocals and various assorted instruments like horns really add to the overall atmosphere. This genre is looked upon by the uninitiated as being nothing more than shouting with the odd band like Cynic being lauded for their musicianship, but Nile take things to a whole new level.
"Kafir!" is simply one of the best album openers EVER, while "4th Arra of Dagon" is so good it inspired a scene in my novella "Knight of the Cross" and prompted me to thank the band members in my author's note. Seriously, the breakdown in this track is just crushing - the Seymour Duncan Invaders Karl and Dallas use in their guitars really give them the fattest guitar tone imaginable - and when the chant begins you can just picture the crazed worshippers performing their blasphemous rites. This is what heavy metal is all about! It's like Maiden's "Powerslave" for the death metal crowd!
Overall, this is just a brilliant album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a must have album by Nile " Those Whom The Gods Detest " black black black METAL every tracks a KillerPublished 7 months ago by joker1961
This is probably my favourite albums from on e of my favourite metal bans.Published 16 months ago by Paul Russell
This is a beast of an album.
In my mind not as immediate as Anihilation of the Wicked, it takes a few more listens but it'll blow a hole in your speakers whatever. Read more
This is hands down one of the sickest death metal classics
Monsterous epic songs, insane speed, sheer brutality.
What more can a fan of them possibly want? Read more
I haff never really heard a nile album befur now
I haff heard uf them but never had any albums by Nile
This Album is Awesome and sounds really guut it is... Read more