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Those Whom The Gods Detest

November 3, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Nuclear Blast GmbH
  • Total Length: 56:34
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  • ASIN: B002RV71MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,020 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I can't wait to check out the older albums.
J. Hill
Nile's last album, Ithyphallic, while still a good album suffered from muddy guitars in my opinion, but everything is so clean to me in this album.
Lawrence G.....
All in all, I consider this one of the best death metal albums ever produced.
J. Yeager

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt Fontaine on 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 By Don Weidner on 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 By E. Hyatt on 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 By Attikuh Isley on 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 By Michael Jackson on 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.
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