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Same old great stuff,
This review is from: In Their Darkened Shrines (Audio CD)
If you’ve heard any Nile before then you won’t be in for any surprises with this 3rd album, though that’s not exactly a criticism, as their Egyptian-tinged technical and brutal death metal is pretty much unique. This album sees the introduction of a new drummer, but amazingly the quality of old is kept as immense drum rolls and hyperspeed blastbeats continue to drive the band. The only slight surprise here is that the two best songs here – Execration Text and Wind of Horus - are both written by comparatively inexperienced composer 2nd guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade, rather than by usual author Karl Sanders. A slight criticism is that occasionally Nile can fall into the trap of over-indulgence, with the epic Unas Slayer Of The Gods and the 4-song In Their Darkened Shrines closing suite sacrificing the directness of the bands material for occasionally rambling passages that ultimately don’t provide much in the way of great riffs, though it’s difficult to fault the bands ambition. It's also difficult to justify the inclusion of Sarcophagus, which turns out to be a repeat of a track from their debut album with different lyrics - this album doesn't need padding. As with 2nd album Black Seeds of Vengeance I’d still rank this as slightly below the quality of their debut Amongst The Catacombs of Nephren-Ka, but this is still great stuff, and recommended for all fans of brutal and technical death metal.