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Those Whom the Gods Detest

NileAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the Extreme Metal outfit. 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 Those Whom the Gods Detest, they have brought the Middle Eastern sound that sets them apart from their peers to the forefront of their assault. Their trademark swarming guitars, relentless drum blasts that push human limits of endurance, and vicious vocals are mastered in a way never before heard, giving them a more concise and balanced attack than ever before!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it an insult to say that Nile has matured? November 5, 2009
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This album showcases Nile's jaw-dropping technical prowess with excellent production values that deliver snap and crunch without a trace of murk. Nile's riffs are like a movie whose frames pass too fast to distinguish the gaps between them, creating a seamless fractal whole out of tiny fragments.

I disagree with the reviewer who said the songs show less dynamic range than earlier releases as well as the notion that they have abandoned their trademark exotica. Instead, I felt the dynamics were better-integrated into the song and album structure, as were the sounds of evil pharaohs groaning and banging gongs. Five stars and I'm definitely going to catch them in Seattle in January at El Corazon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive! November 4, 2009
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Interestingly, Nile's new album came out the same day as Slayer's new World Painted Blood. I had pre-ordered both and was excited for the dual-release day! Having been a Slayer fan for more than two decades, I have to say I was most excited about their release. However, after the first listen, I am far more impressed with Nile's newest work!

Nile continues to broaden their scope and deepen their skill with each release. Those Whom the Gods Detest blazes as fast as any Nile album to date while somehow adding more. Vocal ranges have improved, the lyrics are fascinating, and I detect additional instruments beyond their norm. The notes even explain the history and meaning behind every song.

If you're a metal fan and you're only buying one new album this month, choose Nile over Slayer (Araya forgive me).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True death metal November 4, 2009
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The new Nile album is a stellar work, with stunning production values that only enhance the overall product. Karl Sanders' liner notes are back and they provide an insight on where these ideas come from and show a great sense of humor as well. Only Nile fans are likely to read these reviews and so to them, I say that you will absolutely love this album. The vocals, guitar tones and drumming are so far beyond the curve for most music, and on this album the bass presents itself as never before. This reviewer's favorite album of the year, followed closely by Behemoth's Evangelion and Mastodon's Crack the Skye.

Buy this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can actually hear instruments! November 6, 2009
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For a band that touts itself as extreme metal with a focus on technical riffing, it seems like every Nile album I've heard has been a surprisingly muddy and/or thin, poorly produced mess. But this album sounds amazing. After collecting the past few Nile albums, I didn't really care that much about this upcoming release, until it leaked and people started saying it had good production. Then I listened to a new song on their myspace page and it blew me away. FINALLY, Nile has released an album with production values worthy of their insane technicality. If you have ever been interested in Nile, but didn't enjoy putting on head phones and straining to hear each instrument, get this album! Some other reviews say that this sounds like Nile, and we've heard it before and all that, but I own three of their albums and I can honestly say this is the first time I've ever really HEARD them. They are freaking amazing. This music gets so crazy in parts, you're brain can't keep up with it and you go into that delightful metal stupor. And if you're a musician, it makes you want to throw all your equipment in the trash and never play again. I mean, what can you do that's technically better than this? Also, the liner notes are great. Having each song explained adds a whole other layer that you may not have picked up on without them. Fantastic album, if you've read this far and your interest is piqued, go get it now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kings of Death Metal Return! December 2, 2009
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Nile is one of those rare bands that never ceases to amaze me. Now six full-length albums into their career, the band only continues to evolve. Their uncanny ability to bring together technicality and progressiveness while still being just as brutal as anyone is unsurpassed.

Upon first listen, this album feels similar to 2005's Annihilation of the Wicked. After further listens though, it becomes apparent that this album really showcases elements from everything the band has released. Whether its the intro to "Kem Khefa Khesef," which sounds like it could have come from Black Seeds of Vengeance, or the beginning guitar melody at the 1:33 mark in "Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld," which could have been on their previous album, Ithyphallic, Nile is all over the map here; and that is a good thing! The chorus of the title track and songs such as "The Eye of Ra" show some new sounds for Nile as well. As is characteristic of Nile, there are tempo and dynamic changes galore. The atmosphere is present in this album as well, and Karl Sanders continues to show us his fondness for instruments other than the electric guitar.

Besides their trademark epic sounds and Egyptian-influenced style, this album contains some new Middle Eastern influences and some big, multi-vocal choruses. I was not sure that Nile could make their music any more epic, but choruses like those in the aforementioned title track and the end of "4th Arra of Dagon" do just that. I hope to see that stay as part of their sound.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good album
Published 2 months ago by James Forero
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic death metal
Even though they can no longer be dubbed spring chickens, as 2009 saw them entering their fourteenth year of existence, Nile are still highly capable of releasing some of the best... Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Metal awesomeness
You don't have to be a fan of death metal (although it certainly helps) to like this album. This is one of my favorite albums of this or any other type of genre of music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill P
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the album my wife detests.
Do you like Hittites?
Do you like Dung?
Do you like KFC?
Do you like Dagons?
Do you like Sea Ghuls?
Do you like Kafirs? Read more
Published 17 months ago by King Troll
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Have I Been?
I have to admit to being new to Nile although I've been into death metal since about 1990. I guess you could say I'm slow to pick up on bands that came after the first waves of... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by J. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl version includes the cd version as well
Picked up the 2LP version of TWTGD this weekend and noticed a sticker on the shrinkwrap saying it included the cd version as well.. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by Scott Munden
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no God, but the one true God (of death metal)!
Nile have truly released what I would consider to be their magnum opus with this CD. I love all of Nile's music, but this one just takes things to a level that I am not quite sure... Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by J. Yeager
4.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start for the new guys
Having heard every album released by Nile, I can safely say that when you've heard one, you've almost heard them all. Read more
Published on July 3, 2010 by Antonios Antoniou
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Heavy stuff.
I have recently listened to Nile's entire studio discography in order. They sounded decent and consistent for most of their releases. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by C. Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Incredible Release
I have been a tremendous fan of Nile since "Black Seeds Of Vengeance", and Karl Sanders and Co. have never disappointed; but somehow they manage to raise the bar nearly every time... Read more
Published on January 19, 2010 by Joel Israel
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