At the Gate of Sethu
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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
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Death metal like this can be an acquired taste for people, including those who already listen to metal. I enjoy all types of metal, but after listening to some of everything that there is to offer over the years, the technical ability and unique sound of Nile never fails to amaze me. They are better live than they are on record, because actually seeing them destroying their instruments on stage is something out of this world. They have some of the most impressive gear and electronics I have ever seen. They are comfortable at what they do and it shows!!
Stand out tracks to me are track 2,3, 6, and 10. I like the Nile songs that mix some of the catchy grooves and choruses in with trashing and insane riffing. There really isn't much else to say about Nile in general that hasn't already been said. The track by track analysis others have wrote are accurate. If you are new to death metal, or want to listen to the best in the genre, Nile is one of the best. Sit back with some headphones on and turn it up really really really loud.
The album opens with "Enduring" and right off the bat I notice it sounds a LOT like Catacombs.
Very bright, very interesting riffs.
"Fiends" was released a while ago and really showcases what this album is like.
A ton of dynamics and variety.
"Degradation" mega speed and brutal complexity makes this one of my favorites. Insane leads.
"Wrath". This is NOT typical Nile. Sure it starts out with the cool Middle Eastern guitar but the main riff is total old school thrash/death.
Insanely brutal and catchy. Double kick at the end is unreal.
"Slaves" YES, the brutal groan chant!!! Tribal devastation on disc. A lot like "Die Rache Krieg" from Catacombs but cooler.
"Sethu". An opening that is very speed metal in its approach. More amazing vocals.
"Natural" another blazer with some cool pinch harmonics.
"Ethno" another killer instrumental. Absolute shred fest and it's not even on electrics. Amazing work.
"Tribunal" mid paced and crunchy intro, picks up in the middle.
"Supreme" Chuggy and catchy. Prime Nile.
"Chaining" Moody and atmospheric. A slow, long cruncher of a song.
The two bonus tracks are instrumental versions of "Enduring" and "Degradation".
They're a nice addition but don't really add much to the album as a whole.
Brilliant. Nile has recaptured that elusive magic from the debut with the brutal innovations of later releases.
An amazing combination of old and new.
The bright and varied riffs of Catacombs with the darkness of Shrines.
Brutal, varied drumming.
Interesting and unique vocals.
Guitars that shred as always.
Artwork from Seth Siro and it's beautiful and really sums up what Nile is all about.
Longtime fans should be happy and hopefully this album will bring in some new converts as well.
The first Nile record I heard was Black Seeds of Vengeance. So of course it holds a special spot in my heart.
These guys keep producing amazing death metal. Release after release, it's always my top album of the year.
Sethu is no different. It's hard to believe, but it might be my favorite Nile album.
People whine about the production, but I absolutely love it. It's incredibly clear, I can hear EVERYTHING that the band is playing.
One of the things I've always loved about Nile is how catchy their material is. Sethu is that and more. Brutal as all get out, still blistering fast, and some amazing solos.
Like Those Whom The Gods Detest, there are some seriously killer riffs, Sethu even more so.
Sethu seems to combine the old school Nile sound, with the new. Maybe that's why I enjoy it so much.
At the Gate of Sethu is exactly what i had predicted and proud to say, Its showing Nile move forward and they did it like a Magician pulls a Rabbit out of a Hat, no struggle, no double take. This may not be ' Album of the Year', but its still the same Nile that delivered 'Annihilation of the Wicked' (One of my favorite albums ... Period!)
At the Gate of Sethu 4.5 / 5 well executed and bound into becoming a Death Metal Classic! .... For fans of 'Face Melting/Ear Bleeding/Crapping in Your Pants' Metal' ;P
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