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Annihilation of the Wicked

Annihilation of the Wicked

22 May 2005
4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Nile are one of those bands who are credited with taking death metal forwards (a daunting task by anybody's standards). They have never, in my opinion, been found lacking.
This is a brilliant album. The song-writing is as superb as we have come to expect, very much sounding the successor to their previous effort, In Their Darkened Shrines. The technical skill is superb, but I don't find that it gets in the way of the flow of the songs. A special mention has to be made for the incredible precision of the drumming. Truly awesome.
Although there are no filler tracks on the album, the ones that really stand out, for me, are:
Cast Down the Heretic
The Burning Pits of the Duat
Chapter of Obeisance...
Lashed to the Slave Stick
Annihilation of the Wicked
Another thing I love about this band is the effort they put into the CD booklets, where a detailed account of the context of each song is given, along with how it came to sound the way it does.
If I were to be brutally (and possibly unnecessarily) honest, I would say that this is not as revolutionary or as thrilling as ITDS. Where that album was a classic, this is merely great. However, it is still an immense effort from one of the most talented, friendly, and truly different bands extreme metal has ever produced.
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Nile are the best death metal band in the world. This new album showcases all that is great about them, and this time round adds to it excellent production and a ridiculous new drummer.
My favourite thing about nile has always been the vocals. I cant say that about many bands, but this album's vocals are without doubt the most intense and sinister, - and cool -, vocals these ears have heard.
Everyone knows about Nile's brutal death metal take on egyptian mythology, and thier penchant for both slow burning epics and (relatively) short blurs of speed and intensity, so it only remains to talk about the musicianship. The guitars need no introduction, take a bow messrs Sanders and Toler-Wade. This album introduces probably the best young drummer in metal today. I heard he broke the world record for bpm on this album, and its not hard to see why.
Breathtaking Nile album
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this album. I saw them live a few months ago and was impressed by their new songs in the live situation. On previous works the production has been slightly muddy and lacking definition. This time they've done a great job and all the instruments come through nice and clear. On this album the Egyptian influence has been toned down slightly with only two tracks (including the intro) not of a metal base. The rest is (mainly) a blur of speed, blasting drums, shredding, and possibly most of all, brutality. The whole album flows nicely from start to finish with plenty of variation in timing and tempo with mid-paced sections that give the "all-out-brutality" parts even more power and intensity. Once again they've proved they are right up there at the top of the death metal ladder. For me the best track is the title track, which at 8:30 isn't short!! 2 other tracks are also over 8 minutes. After a few listens i think its the best album they've done as it isn't as dis-jointed and flows better than previous ones. Well, i won't spoil any more suprises and leave it as saying if you liked other nile albums, prefer death metal to be a little more serious and meaningful or are interested in metal of truly epic proportions then buy this. I can't imagine why you'd be disapointed!!
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If you are a death metal fan and you haven't heard Nile, you haven't lived. Their egyptian-themed music is both epic and brutal at the same time, whilst the musicianship is tight and of highest caliber. Songs like User-Maat-Re, Lashed to the slave stick, Annihilation of the Wicked and Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten are undoubtably some of my all time favourite death metal songs. Words cannot express how good this is, buy it now.
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By A Customer on 30 May 2005
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This hasn't left my CD player. I'm listening to it now. It's Nile's best CD to date, and that's saying a lot if you consider how much I worshipped all their previous CDs.
The technicality, strength of songwriting and incredibly intense vocals have to be heard to be believed. Basically- stop reading this and buy the album.
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2005
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Their drummers come and go, but Nile's albums are predictable in their content: and for this 4th album it's the usual collection of furious death metal tunes broken up with a couple of atmospheric pieces, and with a dominant Egyptian influence complimented by a touch of H.P. Lovecraft. Thankfully Nile are also predictable in their ability to crank out great albums, but Annihilation of the Wicked may well be the bands best album since their debut. While the Egyptian influence is very much still in effect, the extraneous muso wanderings and ethnic instruments that crept into the epic tracks on their last album have been scaled down, and what we have instead is a much more riff-orientated metal album, with the likes of Lashed To The Slave Stick featuring some massively addictive hooks. A perfect mix of over the top blastbeat orientated songs and slower epic tracks, Annihilation Of the Wicked sees Nile at their most focused, and is one of their best offerings. Those with the cash might also want to try tracking down the Japanese import version, as it features the esclusive additional track Sss Haa Set Yoth, and far from being a throwaway bit of atmospherics this is a very strong 5 minute+ shredder, and one of the better tracks on the album.
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