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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B007Y2W44W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame
2. The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased
3. The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh
4. When My Wrath is Done
5. Slaves of Xul
6. The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu
7. Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death
8. Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
9. Tribunal of the Dead
10. Supreme Humanism of Megalomania
11. The Chaining of the Iniquitous
12. Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame (Instrumental)(Bonus)
13. The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh (Instrumental)(Bonus)

Editorial Reviews

With six critically acclaimed albums and several
world tours under their belts, Nile have raised the bar for
extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually.
Their withering live performances are nothing short of legendary,
gaining them the respect of fellow musicians, critics
and fans worldwide.
On At the Gates of Sethu, they balance the pummeling
death metal assault and the Egyptian influences that
Nile are well-known for and take the intensity up yet another
notch. This is a band that only grows more aggressive
and artistic with each album and the never-ending lyrical
well that is Egyptology continues to serve them well. Their
trademark swarming guitars, relentless drum blasts that
push human limits of endurance, and vicious vocals are on
display, proving Nile are still very much at the top of their
game.

Customer Reviews

If you are new to death metal, or want to listen to the best in the genre, Nile is one of the best.
Metalb
I really like the cleaner more modern production, the instruments come through with more power even if Nile loses some of there former muddy/heavy sound.
James B. Beavan III
There is a transparent quality to the sound that demands some top-notch headphones to fully appreciate.
R. Fecteau

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
That's the message I get from this album, a release that will spark the usual debate over bands who "do the same album over and over" vs. those who evolve. It's not always that simple, though. Some bands change because they want to, and some just run out of good material sooner than others and have to change. Nile have not run out of ways to turn ancient Egyptian themes into dramatic, compelling metal, and have no need to make drastic changes. They do what they do with no compromise and no bowing to trends or critics who say they're doing the same things they always have.

At the Gate of Sethu is like a combination of Amongst the Catacombs and Those Whom the Gods Detest. Whereas 'Gods' sounded heavily influenced by Rapture-era Morbid Angel, 'Sethu' refocuses on the classic Nile sound, with more Chuck Schuldiner in the guitars than Trey Azagthoth. There's also more emphasis on atmosphere and greater diversity in the vocal sounds.

I'm not going to say I like it better than 'Gods', which was a freakin' steamroller of an album, but it's as good as that and has more of the old Nile sound. The song lengths are back down from their last few releases, mostly in the 4 to 5 minute range, with a couple short instrumentals.

Although 'Sethu' doesn't go beyond what you'd expect from Nile, it confirms their ability to stay inventive and fresh within their niche. This album has amazing guitar work throughout, inspired vocal dynamics, and ridiculously sick drumming. They've proven once again to be peerless in the realm of death metal, tech-death, or whatever other subgenre they're assigned to. If anyone's looking for more info on specific tracks, read on. If not, go blast the album and enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
That's the message I get from this album, a release that will spark the usual debate over bands who "do the same album over and over" vs. those who evolve. It's not always that simple, though. Some bands change because they want to, and some just run out of good material sooner than others and have to change. Nile have not run out of ways to turn ancient Egyptian themes into dramatic, compelling metal, and have no need to make drastic changes. They do what they do with no compromise and no bowing to trends or critics who say they're doing the same things they always have.

At the Gate of Sethu is like a combination of Amongst the Catacombs and Those Whom the Gods Detest. Whereas 'Gods' sounded heavily influenced by Rapture-era Morbid Angel, 'Sethu' refocuses on the classic Nile sound, with more Chuck Schuldiner in the guitars than Trey Azagthoth. There's also more emphasis on atmosphere and greater diversity in the vocal sounds.

I'm not going to say I like it better than 'Gods', which was a freakin' steamroller of an album, but it's as good as that and has more of the old Nile sound. The song lengths are back down from their last few releases, mostly in the 4 to 5 minute range, with a couple short instrumentals.

Although 'Sethu' doesn't go beyond what you'd expect from Nile, it confirms their ability to stay inventive and fresh within their niche. This album has amazing guitar work throughout, inspired vocal dynamics, and ridiculously sick drumming. They've proven once again to be peerless in the realm of death metal, tech-death, or whatever other subgenre they're assigned to. If anyone's looking for more info on specific tracks, read on. If not, go blast the album and enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Fecteau on July 4, 2012
Format: Audio CD
First: The sound. This disc is state of the art. Absent is the over-compressed, heavily distorted, and lifeless sound of nearly all modern pop/rock/metal CDs. There is a transparent quality to the sound that demands some top-notch headphones to fully appreciate. This disc shows that digital releases can sound better than analog (LPs). Hopefully other artists/engineers will follow suit with discs that sound this great.
Second: The music. Nile is still at the height of their powers here. Varied, crushing, exciting death metal throughout this album. The vocal variation has never been greater and I love it. The riffs are as great as ever. Thank you Nile!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on July 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Without naming all the overtly long song titles, At the Gate of Sethu sees Nile slightly toning down their complex, labyrinthine songwriting formula in favour of a more straightforward approach (by their own standards, of course). The tracks are filled with frenzied riff mastery; they are blindingly fast and carry a melodic weight to them. Densely churning riffs are interwoven into deranged, schizophrenic solos with haunting harmonies looming over the arrangements. The shorter pieces, thanks to the clever integration of authentic instruments and Egyptian themes, serve as interludes and help deepen the atmospheres intended to create. They are followed by intense, focused riffing and Kollias' seismic, hyperkinetic drum work which is given a larger space in the mix.

The songs are marked with blasts of speed and thundering, brutal riffs, some of which are instantly gripping. The opening riff of "Natural Liberation of Fear through the Ritual Deception of Death" is glorious as is the melodically complex lead of "Supreme Humanism of Megalomania," which is, unfortunately, the only track with an 'epic' guitar crescendo. While it is obvious Nile wanted to cut loose on this album, and they've done a great job at it, the album's finest moments are those when they choose to slow things down on the doom-like "Tribunal of the Dead," arguably their heaviest offering here. It boasts 70s Sabbath-like riffs which are deftly hammered into shape by unsettlingly quiet passages and doomsday melodies. The mind-numbing, intricate guitar work is so sharp it could carve diamonds - this is what sets Nile apart from other death metal bands.
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