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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Goomba Music
  • ASIN: B005IY3DHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With four critically acclaimed albums, a few EPs and several world tours under their belt, Nile has raised the bar for extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually. Their withering live performances are nothing short of legendary.

Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), Nile wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern death metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, Nile unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders' interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies. Each following year brought a new recording, which marked a large step forward in their musical evolution.

Recorded in 1994, Worship The Animal set the tone for what would become one of extreme metal s most popular bands.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
From what I've read, a lot of people have heard this recording way before now, as it's been floating around in various forms for years. I personally hadn't heard it before, but I'd imagine that the sound on an officially released CD is going to be better than what was previously available. I think it sounds for the most part like a proper release; it's better than demo quality, that's for sure. Even though it only has five songs, three of them are quite long, so you get about thirty-five minutes of music. It's an interesting collection to say the least, revealing the primitive incarnation of one of today's most successful death metal bands. I found these songs to be a little surprising because I have certain expectations when I know I'm about to hear early material from a death metal band. I expect to hear unrestrained but repetitive speed; muffled, gurgled, indecipherable vocals; and usually riffing that's either too fast or too distorted to really hear. What I got with Worship the Animal was altogether different. First, there's not much speed to speak of, at least not by Nile standards. No insane blast beats, no inhuman double bass. Not that it makes the songs weak, it's just not what I thought I'd hear from pre-Catacombs Nile. The next surprise was the vocals. The familiar death grunting and growling is barely present here, with most of the vocals delivered like a Sacred Reich or Forced Entry-sounding thrash singer. It doesn't sound too bad, but I'm sure no hardcore Nile fan will prefer it to their current vocal style. It's easy to see how they appeal to a wider audience with the death vocals. The music on the songs has many moments where you can hear the future Nile sound, with the title track being the closest representation of what the band would become.Read more ›
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By D. Hukill on December 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is not a finished, polished version of Nile to which many of you are accustomed. This is not the work of a tech death metal group. This is not for everyone. The linear notes spell out, quite clearly, that this is a death metal group just playing music for fun.

With all of that said, I would urge any death metal fan to pick up a copy of this album. It's a time capsule into the emerging world of late 80's/early 90's death metal.

1. La Chant du Cygre - very much like an old school Meshuggah track. Expect odd rhythm, some sharp guitar riffs, shouted (as opposed to growled) vocals. This takes me back to the days of old school live death metal concerts. Very high energy, very brooding.
2. Worship the Animal - sounds like something you would expect on Nile's *At the Gates of Sethu* album. Heavy drum work (mostly toms and bass drum; not alot of technical double bass), solid cadence of guitars, growled vocals. Excellent song.
3. Nepenthe - Again, you'd expect this on a Nile album. I'd say it's a rough combination of *Amongst the Catacombs* and *At the Gates*. The vocals are shouted, instead of growled. There are a few moments of vocal harmony that are kinda catchy. You can really see a young Nile forming in this song - with bits of that sluggish, evil sounding guitar work, mixed with lots of bent strings. The last 3 minutes are pure Nile, with a wind-down of searing guitar work, followed by epic, rhythmic marching.
4. Surrounded By Fright - Like the first track, this is shouted vocals instead of growling. The rhythm and sound of the track is very old school death metal. This song in particular reminds me of those often obscure songs you hear over the PA while you're watching the sound crew set up the stage for the first band.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJ on May 10, 2012
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Its a shame I didnt know about this in 1994! Back then I had thought the heaviest bands were Pantera/Metallica/Slayer/Cannibal Corpse. They were for the day, but I was missing out not knowing about this! Mortician as well for that matter!
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