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Nile: Annihilation of the Wicked
Brutal Technical Death Metal
Relapse Records
May 24th, 2005
Release length: 52:04
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One of the band’s most important albums, and for good reason, Annihilation Of The Wicked features some of the best music to be recorded by Nile. The band continues to mess around with adding ambience to the music, whether through their own instruments, or interlude tracks or random sound effects in the middle of the song, and it’s clear that on this release the band has definitely achieved the desired effect with them. Yet, some people will still look at this disc and tear it apart, but is there really any reason to hate this album?

While it’s true the music isn’t all that brutal, but really borders on the lines of technical, which is obvious on “User-Maat-Re”. The album starts off solid enough with “Cast Down The Heretic”, and it stays that way throughout the rest of the album, with the exception of the longer tracks on here. With the exception of “Annihilation Of The Wicked”, “User-Maat-Re” and “Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten” may become boring after a little while, solely because of how long they are, and that about a good third of the song winds up just being a rather drawn out guitar solo. It’s the shorter songs on here that really shine as the real power houses of the album. Songs like “Sacrifice Unto Sebek”, “The Burning Pits Of The Duat” and “Lashed To The Slave Stick” are simply heavy as hell from start to finish without really relying on any ambient overkill.

Musically, the album sounds pretty intense. Even the longer songs have their intense moments, but the shorter songs really seem to have more structure musically and less repetition. Some songs will just have added sound effects for ambience, such as what sounds like wind crashing against something or flying by on “Annihilation Of The Wicked”, or the ambience will be set through the guitar work, which just sounds amazing. However, when it’s not a guitar riff or solo that is trying to sound egyptian, the guitars are rather simple, and there are times where there isn’t even any real technical aspects to the music, but luckily those are very few and far apart. Regardless of this though, much of the simple guitar riffs work for the music, making the songs catchier and easier to stick in your head, and also causes the technical musicianship to become more noticable. What really helps to push the music is the drumming, which is just amazing on this release, and is as nicely ranged through each song as the gutteral vocals are.

Annihilation Of The Wicked is an outstanding death metal album that deserves your attention. While a good majority of the album can be placed into two of the more drawn out tracks, there is still plenty of metal to go around on this release, and that includes the two strongly ambient instrumental tracks, with “Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount Of Sunrise” being the one track on here that really sets the tone of the album. While Annihilation Of The Wicked isn’t the greatest death metal album of all time, it is certainly an important one for Nile, and is a release that strongly deserves your attention.

01. Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount Of Sunrise – 0:51
02. Cast Down The Heretic – 5:45
03. Sacrifice Unto Sebek – 3:03
04. User-Maat-Re – 9:15
05. The Burning Pits Of The Duat – 3:53
06. Chapter Of Obeisance Before Giving Breath To The Inert One In The Presence Of The Crescent Shaped Horns – 5:21
07. Lashed To The Slave Stick – 4:18
08. Spawn Of Uamenti – 1:14
09. Annihilation Of The Wicked – 8:37
10. Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten – 9:47
Overall Score: 8/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.