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Technical ecstacy, brutal death,
This review is from: IN THEIR DARKENED SHRINES (Audio CD)
Nile are, without question the "best" death metal band on the planet. I just had to say that.
Now let me say that I actually prefer Black Seeds of Vengeance. I dunno why, but it just grabs me by the throat and shakes me until I can't do anything but gibber in a corner. 'Shrines' has the same ultra fast, mega brutal tempos, changes, variation and heaviness, but it just isn't as instantly catchy as Black Seeds.
Now, saying that, I think 'Shrines' is a fantastic album. It utilizes so many styles of music it is a joy to behold. There are more Egyptian acoustic parts than on Black Seeds, and for an intelligent fan of death metal, this can only increase your listening pleasure. Its intensly emotional, and highly evokative of ancient Egypt, its tombs, rituals and people.
'Unas the Slayer of the Gods' should be mentioned, not only for its epic status, but also for its mix of ideas, all contained in nearly 12 minutes of ups and downs, growls, spoken word, blast beats, echoed death tolls and blisteringly fast guitar. Makes it into my top ten songs of all time list (but pipped at post by the leviathan that is 'masturbating the War God'... a monster of a track!).
If you liked, or even better loved, 'Black Seeds...' and don't own this, buy it. You won't be dissapointed. A bench mark in Death Metal writing and playing.